Queen Sugar Kicks Off Season 2 with a 2-Night Premiere Event
Hulu and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution today also announced a new deal that grants the premium streaming television destination the exclusive subscription streaming rights to all past episodes of Queen Sugar. The complete first season of Queen Sugar will become available to stream exclusively on Hulu beginning April 21, and subsequent seasons will become available to stream following their initial season run on OWN.
The debut season won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series, Television Show of the Year from both the American Black Film Festival and the African-American Film Critics Association, and was a People's Choice Awards nominee for Favorite Cable Drama. The award-winning first season was the number one new ad-supported cable series for W25-54 and the number one new cable series for African-American women and total viewers during the run. Additionally, Season 1 averaged more than 2.7 million total viewers in Live+3.
In the series' second season, the contemporary drama returns as the Bordelon siblings struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) relocates to Saint Josephine Parish, in Louisiana, to help run the family farm. As the only black female sugarcane mill owner, she must fight to regain her independence while rebuilding her relationships with her estranged siblings. Ralph-Angel (Kofi Siriboe) struggles to transform from a formerly incarcerated single father to a land owner in the eyes of his family as he works to restore his relationship with his son's mother. Nova (Rutina Wesley) finds herself torn between her activism and her desire to be loved. Together, they must learn to rely on one another as they navigate their tenuous bonds as family.
The expansive cast also includes Tina Lifford as Violet, the siblings' free-spirited aunt; Omar J. Dorsey as Violet's much-younger boyfriend, Hollywood Desonier; Dondré T. Whitfield as trusted Bordelon family friend Remy Newell; Timon Kyle Durrett as pro basketball player and Charley's estranged husband, Davis West; Nicholas L. Ashe as Charley and Davis' teenage son, Micah; Ethan Hutchison as Ralph-Angel's son, Blue; and Bianca Lawson as Darla, Blue's mother, who battles drug addiction. Additionally, guest star Henry G. Sanders recurs as Prosper Denton, a farmer and longtime friend of the late Bordelon family patriarch, Ernest.
Queen Sugar is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey and Monica Macer. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.
About Queen Sugar Season 2 Directors:
Kat Candler: Kat Candler returns for Season 2 of Queen Sugar as a producing director. Her award-winning film Hellion played in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and she was a participant at the Sundance Institute Creative Producing Lab. She is also a grant recipient of the San Francisco Film Society and Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Her television work includes Being Mary Jane and an episode of 12 Monkeys.
DeMane Davis: DeMane Davis has written and directed commercials and independent films. Her two feature films premiered in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival, including Lift, starring Kerry Washington, which was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards. She currently directs commercials for Sweet Rickey, a female-helmed production company.
Cheryl Dunye: Cheryl Dunye emerged in the '90s as part of the young filmmakers of the New Queer Cinema. Cheryl has made over 15 films, including HBO's Stranger Inside and her debut film, The Watermelon Woman, recently restored by the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project for the film's 20th anniversary.
In 2016, Cheryl received a Guggenheim Fellowship and became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Presently, Cheryl is at work on her next feature film, Black Is Blue. She is represented by Echo Lake Management and APA.
Aurora Guerrero: Aurora Guerrero has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and director. Her first fiction feature film, Mosquita y Mari, received multiple awards, including First Narrative Feature and Leading Actress at Outfest and an Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award nomination in 2013. She began her career as an assistant to directors on films such as Real Women Have Curves and La Mission.
Amanda Marsalis: Over the past decade, Amanda Marsalis has built a career as an acclaimed photographer, shooting advertising campaigns for some of the world's biggest brands as well as editorial images and portraiture of some of entertainment's most notable stars. She made her directorial debut in 2013 with the independent feature film Echo Park, which had its premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Queen Sugar marks her episodic-television debut.