OWN Renews 'Queen Sugar'

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has renewed its Ava DuVernay-produced drama series Queen Sugar, the network announced Wednesday.

The network greenlit a fourth season of the series -- executive produced by DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Kat Candler and Paul Garnes – prior to the Aug. 22 third season finale, according to network officials. The network also said that Anthony Sparks will serve as showrunner/executive producer for season four.

The third season of Queen Sugar premiered May 29 delivering over two million viewers and on average ranks as the top show in its time period across all cable in the network’s key women 25-54 demo (L+3), said Nielsen. 

“Under Ava’s creative vision and leadership, Queen Sugar continues to earn a well-deserved reputation for depicting nuanced characters, rich storylines and establishing an inclusive team that inspires and ignites much needed conversations about our society today,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN in a statement. “We are very proud of this show, the incredible cast, producers and crew, and can’t wait for more of the Bordelon family in season four.”

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