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Queen Sugar: From the Page to the Screen

The fall 2016 season of TV series premieres looks pretty promising for us TV lovers. The list full of an interesting contrast of genres from crime dramas, comedies, and contemporaries. One show to grace the list is Queen Sugar: a drama series set to premiere on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network. Winfrey will not only wear the hat of co-creator and executive producer, but will have a recurring role in the series as well. The show’s co-creator, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, is making her debut from big to small screen with this project. If this show is anything like her previous work, we can expect Queen Sugar to not disappoint.

With the success of Winfrey and DuVernay’s collaboration on Academy Award nominated feature film Selma, the two are joining forces again with this highly anticipated 13-part TV series. Natalie Baszile’s NAACP Image Award nominated first novel of the same name inspired the show’s creation. Lady O saw enough potential in this enticing story to snag up the TV adaptation rights.

 The story follows a widow mother who unexpectedly inherits her father’s eight hundred acres of a sugarcane farm in Louisiana. She and her eleven-year-old daughter give their farewell to the big city of Los Angeles and head to her southern roots, Louisiana. However, upon her return, she soon learns that the world of cane farming is a white man’s business, and more overwhelming and challenging than expected. While trying to reinvent herself and adjust to her new southern environment, she is faced with further disorienting her life as parenting alone and dealing with family conflicts.
 On the helm of OWN’s success with shows like Greenleaf, The Haves and Have Nots and Love Thy Neighbor— this new series seems like the perfect blend to continue the trend to set rating records for the network.
 Sept 6th and 7th is where you can experience the two-night premiere of Queen Sugar. And if the series is anything like the book, viewers are likely to tune in week after week cheering for its heroine.

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