OWN’s Queen Sugar, hailing from Ava DuVernay (When They See Us) and Warner Bros. Television, will conclude with its seventh season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The drama is based on the book by Natalie Baszile (We Are Each Other’s Harvest) of the same name.
Queen Sugar, the first show created and executive produced by DuVernay, centers around a Black family from Louisiana, who have already initiated lives of their own – some successful, and some tragic. Following a family tragedy, the Bordelon siblings must set aside their lives to work together to run the family’s business, a struggling sugar cane farm. It aired its fifth and sixth seasons this year following the fifth season, which reflected the racial division and nationwide protests that defined 2020. The show’s seventh season is expected to debut in late 2022 after beginning production in New Orleans earlier in the year. The sixth season will conclude with the air of its finale Tuesday night on OWN.
“To everything, there is a season. And my producing partner Paul Garnes and I have held seven gorgeous seasons making Queen Sugar with a remarkable cast and crew, alongside our partners at OWN and Warner Bros. Television,” DuVernay said in a statement. “To write and produce seven seasons of a modern drama centered on a Black family is a radical act in our industry and a triumph that has far exceeded every hope I held. Now I feel strongly that the story, which began as a sunrise of a suggestion from Oprah, is ready for its sunset as a dream fully realized. Queen Sugar has been one of the true joys of my career and my gratitude is buoyant and boundless,” via The Hollywood Reporter.
The longest-running scripted original on the network, Queen Sugar has featured a number of female directors – 42 of which have helmed episodes of the show and 39 of which have made their directorial debut on the show.
“Queen Sugar is a truly extraordinary series brought to life by Ava’s leadership, her brilliant creative team, and the incredible cast and crew. Our audience has seen themselves reflected with nuance and care through the story of the Bordelon family, including their triumphs and challanges, and most importantly, the love they have for each other through it all,” OWN president Tina Perry (Facing Trauma) said. “Queen Sugar has been an unparalleled success for OWN, garnering critical acclaim, awards recognition, and a loyal and dedicated audience. We are so grateful for Ava’s partnership and are looking forward to a fantastic final season,” via The Hollywood Reporter.
A first-look at the upcoming season finale of Queen Sugar can be watched below.