Fans of OWN’s Queen Sugar will have to wait until 2021 to catch up with Ralph Angel, Charley, Nova and aunt Vi.
OWN announced today that production has resumed in New Orleans for the fifth season of the critically acclaimed series from creator Ava DuVernay. The series previously began filming in March before shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that production has started back up the series is slated to return to OWN in 2021.
As filming halted and the world faced multiple pandemics, DuVernay decided to completely revamp the season to address the very real issues our country is facing through the lens of the beloved Bordelon family and the fictional community of St. Josephine. DuVernay reconceived the character arcs and storylines, writing alongside returning showrunner Anthony Sparks and co-executive producer Norman Vance to tackle head-on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protest movement that swept the country, and the lead-up to elections to showcase the specific impact and ramifications these issues have on communities and people of color. Through it all, viewers will see the joy around the pain, and humanity’s ability to persevere and find light in the darkest of times.