'Queen Sugar' renewed for a fourth consecutive season at OWN with Anthony Sparks taking over as showrunner

'Queen Sugar' renewed for a fourth consecutive season at OWN with Anthony Sparks taking over as showrunner

Co-executive producer Anthony Sparks will be the showrunner for season 4, continuing DuVernay’s intention of providing opportunities to those who have never before held a position

The season 3 finale of Ava DuVernay's 'Queen Sugar' is still close to two weeks away, but the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) has already renewed the critically-acclaimed drama for a fourth season. The news was announced by OWN ahead of the show's 90-minute season three finale which is scheduled to air on Wednesday, August 22 (10-11:30 p.m. ET/PT). 

According to the network, the season three finale will see Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) receive some unexpected bad news. The fate of the correctional facility will similarly be revealed, and Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) will make a  proposal on behalf of the farmers. Furthermore, Violet (Tina Lifford) and Hollywood (Omar J. Dorsey) will celebrate their love. 

Queen Sugar has been renewed for a fourth season 
Queen Sugar has been renewed for a fourth season 

It was further announced that co-executive producer Anthony Sparks will take the reigns as showrunner/executive producer for season four, continuing DuVernay’s intention of providing showrunner opportunities to those who have never before held the position.

Sparks has been a key component in the 'Queen Sugar' writers’ room from the series inception and his writing credits include shows like 'Undercovers,' 'Lincoln Heights,' 'The District,' and 'The Blacklist.' He has been nominated for two NAACP Image Awards and received two writing awards from the Norman Lear Center for his work. 

The announcement of a fourth season comes as little surprise to those who follow the show, with 'Queen Sugar' named Television Show of the Year from both American Black Film Festival (ABFF Honors) and African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) for the second consecutive year. Based on the book by Natalie Baszile, the drama was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Best Drama Series and drew in over two million viewers for the season 3 premiere on May 29.

Speaking about the renewal, president of OWN Erik Logan said: "Under Ava’s creative vision and leadership, ‘Queen Sugar’ continues to earn a well-deserved reputation for depicting nuanced characters, rich storylines and establishing an inclusive team that inspires and ignites much needed conversations about our society today," adding: "We are very proud of this show, the incredible cast, producers, and crew, and can’t wait for more of the Bordelon family in season four."

Besides the aforementioned actors, the series also stars Nicholas Ashe, Dondré T. Whitfield, Bianca Lawson and Henry G. Sanders, with Timon Kyle Durrett cast in a guest-starring role. The show is unique in the sense that, following a creative initiative established at the series’ outset, DuVernay assembled an all-female directing team that will continue in the new season as well.

'Queen Sugar' season three is produced for OWN by Warner Horizon Scripted Television. The executive producers are DuVernay, Oprah, Kat Candler and Paul Garnes. Candler is currently the showrunner for season 3.