OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s Queen Sugar delivered the highest-rated two-episode debut in network history. Queen Sugar, from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (Selma) and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, averaged a 2.7 million total viewers over its two-night premiere.
Based on the novel by Natalie Baszile, the contemporary drama begins as Charley, a savvy and spirited woman living an upscale Los Angeles lifestyle, returns to her family home – an 800-acre sugarcane farm in the heart of Louisiana – when her father has a stroke. There, she reunites with her estranged siblings Nova and Ralph Angel, who are each navigating their lives and love relationships. Together, they must learn to rely on one another as they inherit the family farm and attempt to rebuild both the land and their relationships.
The expansive cast includes Tina Lifford (Parenthood) as Aunt Violet; Omar J. Dorsey (Ray Donovan, Selma) as Violet’s much younger boyfriend Hollywood Desonier; Dondré Whitfield (“Mistresses”) as trusted Bordelon family friend Remy Newell; Timon Kyle Durrett (Single Ladies) as Charley’s husband, pro basketball player Davis West, Nicholas L. Ashe (The Lion King – National Tour) as Charley and Davis’ teenage son, Micah; Greg Vaughan (Days of Our Lives) a local cop and Nova’s lover, Calvin; and Ethan Hutchison (The Path) as Ralph-Angel’s son, Blue. Additionally, Emmy and multiple NAACP Image Award-winning actor Glynn Turman (The Wire) guest stars as Bordelon patriarch Ernest; Henry G. Sanders (Rocky Balboa) recurs as Prosper Denton, a farmer and longtime friend of Ernest’s, Bianca Lawson (Rogue) guest stars as Ralph Angel’s ex-girlfriend Darla and Marycarmen Lopez (From Dusk ‘Til Dawn: The Series) as Blue’s elementary school teacher.
Tuesday’s premiere episode of Queen Sugar became Tuesday night’s #2 cable telecast for women in OWN history across all key measures.
Catch Queen Sugar every Tuesday at 10PM on OWN.
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