It was announced today that Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, will collaborate on a scripted drama series on Winfrey’s OWN. Winfrey will have a recurring role on the series, Queen Sugar, the story of a woman living in Los Angeles who moves with her daughter to her father’s 800-acre sugar cane farm in Louisiana after his death. This will be Winfrey’s first foray back into a television series, since the early 90’s in the television version of ‘The Women of Brewster Place‘ called ‘Brewster Place‘ on ABC. DuVernay will write and direct, and both DuVernay and Winfrey will executive produce.
“I loved this book and immediately saw it as a series for OWN,” said Winfrey. “The story’s themes of reinventing your life, parenting alone, family connections and conflicts, and building new relationships are what I believe will connect our viewers to this show.”
“From the moment I was introduced to the book written by Natalie Baszile, I was captivated by the idea of a modern woman wrestling with identity, family, culture and the echoes of history,” said DuVernay in a statement. “To bring this kind of storytelling to life alongside Oprah for her network is wildly wonderful. I’m excited about what’s in store.”