Real blood star Rutina Wesley’s TV series Queen Sugar confirmed his future after season 6 ended earlier this year.
The series’ director and author, Ava DuVernay and the American cable network OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), confirmed on Tuesday (November 16) that the show will not return after a seventh season next year.
In a statement (via Entertainment Weekly), DuVernay said: “There’s a season for everything. And my producing partner Paul Garnes and I have had seven amazing seasons making Queen Sugar with a remarkable cast and crew along with our partners at OWN and Warner Bros. Television.
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“Writing and producing seven seasons of a modern drama centered around a black family is a radical act in our industry and a triumph that has far surpassed any hope I had,” she continued.
“Now I strongly feel that the story, which began as a sunrise of a proposal by Oprah Winfrey, is ready for its sunset as a dream come true. Queen Sugar has been one of the true joys of my career, and my gratitude is lively and boundless. “
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The show – which is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by author Natalie Baszile – aired for the first time in September 2016 and centers on three siblings in rural Louisiana. Along with Wesley, it plays Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe, who must decide what to do with their father’s 800-acre sugar cane farm after his sudden death.
The final season is currently being written, and production will begin in early 2022 in New Orleans.
Earlier this year, it was announced that one of the series’ stars, Omar Dorsey, will star in season 2 of Power Book 3: Raising Kanan, which is set to air on Starz next year. The crime series takes place in the 1990s and tells the story of 15-year-old Kanan Stark as he rises to the ranks of a drug organization in Queens, New York City.
Queen Sugar sent to OWN in the United States.
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