Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay To Reteam On Original Series For OWN

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Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay To Reteam On Original Series For OWN
Posted by Wilson Morales

February 2, 2015

Source: Variety

Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey

“Selma” director Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey are creating an original series for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network with Winfrey set to appear in a recurring role.

DuVernay will write, direct and exec produce the drama, adapted from the novel “Queen Sugar” by Natalie Baszile.

On the television scene, DuVernay directed the documentary ‘Venus Vs.’ for ESPN’s 30 for 30 series and she also directed the eighth episode of season 3 of ABC’s Scandal. “Queen Sugar” marks DuVernay’s first television series and Winfrey’s acting debut on OWN.

Winfrey was a producer and actor on the Oscar nominated film “Selma,” playing the role of Civil Rights Activist Annie Lee Cooper.

Queen Sugar Natalie Baszile bookAccording to Amazon, this is a mother-daughter story of reinvention; about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana

Why exactly Charley Bordelon’s late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles.

They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that’s mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart.”

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“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.”

DuVernay commented, “From the moment I was introduced to the book, I was captivated by the idea of a modern woman wrestling with identity, family, culture and the echoes of history. To bring this kind of storytelling to life alongside Oprah for her network is wildly wonderful. I’m excited about what’s in store.”

Production is scheduled to begin later this year.

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