OWN’s ‘Queen Sugar’ Renewed for Season 5
Queen Sugar stunned fans in the season 4 finale, leaving everyone yearning for more. The good news is that the show will return for season 5 in 2020 on OWN with much to be desired.
The series is OWN’s biggest hit in its weekly lineup and delivers compelling stories and drama surrounding a southern family and their farming business. Hopefully the wait won’t be too long as the seasons have been broken up over the course of its run with spring and winter debuts.
The show airs at 9 PM EST on Wednesdays on OWN and is now replaced by another family drama, Greenleaf, until its return to the small screen.
What is ‘Queen Sugar’
Queen Sugar premiered on OWN in 2016 and has become one of OWN’s most popular shows. Averaging 1.6 million viewers every week in the fourth season, Queen Sugar also is Wednesday night’s No. 1 original series among African-American women and total viewers over both broadcast and cable.
Created by When They See Us director, Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, the series is based on the novel of the same title by author, Natalie Baszile.
The show follows the lives of a black Louisiana family as they work to keep their sugarcane farm afloat following the death of the Bordelon patriarch. Sisters Nova Bordelon (Rutina Wesley), and Charley Bordelon (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and their brother, Ralph Angel Bordelon (Kofi Siriboe), along with their Aunt Vi (Tina Lifford) and her longtime love, Hollywood (Omar Dorsey), struggle to maintain tight-knit relationships while they deal with their own triumphs and tragedies.
Queen Sugar is said to be the first television series to have female directors for every episode. DuVernay made it her personal mission to hire only women to direct the show and give talent a chance that may otherwise not have the opportunity.
DuVernay’s boss, Winfrey, agreed with her decision and told Vulture in 2016 that it helps steer the show in the right direction. “Diversity is real and possible,” Winfrey said in an email. “The power of the feminine energy to come together to put this art into the world comes through in this series. It is extremely powerful.”
Critics and fans praise ‘Queen Sugar’
Queen Sugar has been met with positive reviews since the beginning. TV critic, Anne Easter of the Observer wrote in a 2016 review following the September premiere:
“In a world of cutting-edge TV with a glut of shows about anti-heroes who are often hard to root for, Queen Sugar gives viewers plenty of people, all of whom feel so familiar, to champion.”Observer
Fans have also reveled in the series depiction of strong black families. Though there have been great shows with strong black leads, many feel Queen Sugar has achieved what has not been done before in showcasing the unconditional love and support of a family without making their lives appear melancholy and underprivileged.
In the above YouTube video, one fan credits the series in helping her realize the importance of resolving family issues.
What to expect next from ‘Queen Sugar’
Season 4 ended with a bombshell with the introduction of a new character, Parker (Amirah Vann), that will be sure to shake things up in season 5.
OWN announced immediately following the season finale that the series would be back next year, leaving fans excited for more.
Anthony Sparks will be continuing as showrunner on the family drama after taking over taking over from Kat Candler last year. Sparks and DuVernay will work closely together to come up with subject matter for the new season.
While it has not been revealed what the season will focus on, fans can be sure to expect more jaw-dropping revelations and drama as the Bordlons continue to take over in Lousiana.