Ava DuVernay’s Drama ‘Queen Sugar’ Renewed for Season 3

Ava DuVernay’s breakout drama Queen Sugar has been renewed for Season 3 at the Oprah Winfrey Network. Additionally, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker has signed a first-look TV deal with Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films for television and digital media.

“I’m so proud of Ava and her ability as a filmmaker to challenge the status quo and push for inclusiveness on screen and behind the camera,” Winfrey said. “I love, love, love the work we have been able to create so far. I am looking forward to developing many more meaningful projects together.”

Queen Sugar follows the Bordelon siblings in Louisiana. Season 2 of the series debuted on June 20 with its highest-rated episode ever in key adult and female demos. It is currently averaging 2.4 million viewers per episode in delayed viewing.

The first project under DuVernay’s first-look deal is the recently announced five-part Netflix limited series Central Park Five, which tells the notorious true story of the men who were wrongfully convicted for the 1989 rape of a jogger in the NYC park.