Oprah and Ava Duvernay had first read for Queen Sugar

Oprah and Ava Duvernay had first read for Queen Sugar
Oprah and Ava Duvernay had first read for Queen Sugar

Oprah Winfrey posted a photo of herself and Director, Ava Duvernay to her Instagram account with the caption “First Table Read” for OWN’s original drama series, Queen Sugar.

Oprah and Ava DuvernayQueen Sugar is Inspired by the novel “Queen Sugar,” DuVernay is set to write, direct and executive produce the project in her TV series debut. Winfrey will executive produce and have a recurring role on the show, marking the first time Winfrey will act in a series for her network.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Adapted from the first-time novel “Queen Sugar” by Natalie Baszile, the contemporary series will chronicle a spirited woman who leaves her upscale Los Angeles lifestyle behind to claim an inheritance from her recently departed father – an 800-acre sugar cane farm in the heart of Louisiana. Her world and identity are turned upside down as she and her teenage daughter attempt to navigate a new and very different environment while rebuilding their farm from scratch. She is met with curiosity and community, with resistance and romance. It isn’t long before a transformation begins and she realizes that she’s been living a lot farther from her Southern roots than mere miles.


“I loved this book and immediately saw it as a series for OWN,” said Oprah 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, I was captivated by the idea of a modern woman wrestling with identity, family, culture and the echoes of history,” said DuVernay. “To bring this kind of storytelling to life alongside Oprah for her network is wildly wonderful.”

Oprah and Ava… Can we say winning!!! Oh and Oprah is looking pretty skinny in that pic, she is winning with Weight Watchers for real… You better work Oprah!


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