Ava DuVernay Scores Season 3 Renewal For ‘Queen Sugar’ & Inks Major Deal With Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is still sweet on Queen Sugar. Her network, OWN, has renewed the family drama for a third season.

The Ava DuVernay-created series, which is currently in the midst of its second season, is averaging a 0.5 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.72 million viewers for initial airings. Those numbers are virtually identical to the 0.5 and 1.77 million same-day viewers for its inaugural run. When DVR and on-demand viewing are factored in, the show improves to 0.9 in adults 18-49 and around 2.4 million viewers.

Queen Sugar is based on the novel of the same name by Natalie Baszile. The series follows the lives of the three Bordelon siblings who reunite to run their family’s sugarcane farm following the death of their father. True Blood‘s Rutina Wesley stars along with Luke Cage‘s Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Awkward‘s Kofi Siriboe.

The renewal comes on the heels of a major deal between DuVernay and Oprah’s Harpo Films. Ava signed a first-look deal for film and television with the production company. In addition to Queen Sugar, DuVernay and Winfrey teamed up on A Wrinkle In Time. If you haven’t checked out the first trailer for that, click here. It’s fantastic.

“There is fresh air and room to roam,” DuVernay said in a statement. “There is an artist-driven atmosphere and an intention to share stories that nourish. There is a spirit of inclusivity and imagination moving at all times. This is the new era of OWN. I’m thrilled to continue to collaborate with Ms. Winfrey as we expand the scope of our storytelling. And I feel fortunate to be a small part of this network at such a wonderful time in its evolution.”