OWN Greenlights Fifth Season of ‘Queen Sugar’

OWN will bring back its Ava DuVernay-produced drama series Queen Sugar for a fifth season, the network said Thursday.

The Warner Horizon Scripted Television-produced drama --which will return in 2020 -- is currently averaging 1.6 million total viewers for season four, and is the most watched original series across all of broadcast and cable among total viewers and African-American women, according to OWN. Current season four showrunner Anthony Sparks will return for the fifth season.

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“Every character feels like family, said OWN CEO Oprah Winfrey. “I am excited to see what Ava has unfolding next for the Bordelons.”

Added DuVernay: ““I’m thrilled to further explore the beauty, pain and triumph of this African-American family, with hopes that their story will continue to resonate with audiences who see themselves in the Bordelons. It’s a real honor to create this work with Warner Horizon and OWN as their support is rock-solid and wonderful.”

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