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13 items from 2016


Queen Sugar: Season One Ratings

27 October 2016 6:46 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Own has been having great success in the ratings with their original scripted series. The cable channel execs have such faith in Queen Sugar that they've already renewed the family drama for a second season. Will it be a hit or will they wish they'd cancelled the show instead? Stay tuned.Set in the fictional Louisiana town of Saint Josephine, Queen Sugar is a contemporary drama that chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings. Following a family tragedy, they must come together to try to save the family sugarcane farm. The show's large cast includes Bianca Lawson, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Dondré Whitfield, Ethan Hutchison, Glynn Turman, Greg Vaughan, Henry G. Sanders, Kofi Siriboe, Marycarmen Lopez, Nicholas L. Ashe, Omar J. Dorsey, Rutina Wesley, Timon Kyle Durrett, and Tina Lifford.Below are the show's TV ratings, typically the best way to tell if the »

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Queen Sugar Season 1 Review

5 September 2016 1:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

Queen Sugar, Ava DuVernay’s small-screen adaptation of the Natalie Baszile novel on Oprah’s Own, is a progressive force in the TV landscape on several fronts. The family drama’s predominantly black cast is anchored by strong female characters and views the world from their perspective; the male characters are defined by sensitivity and vulnerability rather than the typical malady of American faux-machismo; the storytelling sidesteps explosive, tearjerker sensationalism in favor of nuanced drama that unfolds organically.

The show is inspired, from its fresh ideas to its rich visual style to the fact that DuVernay ensured every episode was directed by a woman, which makes it all the more disappointing that its first three episodes are far less compelling than the concept that drives them. In fact, drive seems to be the series’ primary issue; even three hours in, the story lacks »

- Bernard Boo

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Review: Could OWN's 'Queen Sugar' be TV's next great family drama?

5 September 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Other than Sundance's "Rectify," no recent TV drama has been as comfortable in silence as "Queen Sugar," the new OWN family drama created by 'Selma' director Ava DuVernay, adapting the novel by Natalie Baszile. The series lingers over moments that other shows might feel compelled to rush through, or fill with dialogue out of fear the audience might grow bored or not understand what's running through the character's minds. DuVernay appreciates the power of those silences, and the ways they can make a moment feel sexier, or more unsettling, or more powerful than if everyone on-screen was constantly articulating his or her thoughts. So many of the series' emotions are conveyed through gestures, tight close-ups, or simply showing one of the regulars going through their daily routine

As a result, "Queen Sugar" — about a trio of adult siblings who attempt to run their family's sugarcane farm in rural Louisiana after »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘Queen Sugar’ Review: Ava DuVernay’s Own Series is Frustratingly Familiar

2 September 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As sad as it is to report, there’s no denying it: “Queen Sugar” is far from TV royalty.

It’s rather befuddling when something as progressive as a female-directed cable drama with a diverse cast can feel so familiar. After all, one of the most appealing artistic aspects of hearing from voices not belonging to the middle-aged white men dominating our entertainment culture is that we’ll be exposed to perspectives unfamiliar to our own.

Or — and one could argue even more importantly — the hope is that viewers who never see their stories told will finally discover the richly rewarding side of TV that only comes from seeing one’s own plight, success and everything in between on a screen, in their home.

The latter may still happen for “Queen Sugar.” I can’t speak to it, precisely, being one of those (almost) middle-aged white men. But what I »

- Ben Travers

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‘Queen Sugar’ Review: Ava DuVernay’s Own Series is Frustratingly Familiar

2 September 2016 3:00 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

As sad as it is to report, there’s no denying it: “Queen Sugar” is far from TV royalty.

It’s rather befuddling when something as progressive as a female-directed cable drama with a diverse cast can feel so familiar. After all, one of the most appealing artistic aspects of hearing from voices not belonging to the middle-aged white men dominating our entertainment culture is that we’ll be exposed to perspectives unfamiliar to our own.

Or — and one could argue even more importantly — the hope is that viewers who never see their stories told will finally discover the richly rewarding side of TV that only comes from seeing one’s own plight, success and everything in between on a screen, in their home.

The latter may still happen for “Queen Sugar.” I can’t speak to it, precisely, being one of those (almost) middle-aged white men. But what I »

- Ben Travers

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Oprah Winfrey Is Taking Sex Tips from This TV Show ...

26 August 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Oprah Winfrey is learning a thing or two from her network's new drama series Queen Sugar. The veteran talk show host revealed to Entertainment Weekly that a scene from the Ava DuVernay-helmed show gave her an idea for her longtime beau, Stedman Graham. After watching an episode of the upcoming series that includes a sex scene in which the main character opens a blanket to invite the partner into bed, Winfrey admitted, "You want to be that person." "It hits a sensual nerve. He is unhooking her bra, and you're like, 'Whoa!' I'm like, 'I'm going to get »

- Natalie Stone, @natalie_j_stone

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Queen Sugar: Early Season Two Renewal for Own Series

2 August 2016 1:59 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Oprah Winfrey Network is sweet on its upcoming drama series. Own has renewed the Queen Sugar TV show for a second season, more than a month ahead of the series premiere. Watch an extended trailer, below. The first season of Queen Sugar premieres on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00pm Et/Pt on Own: Oprah Winfrey Network.From Ava DuVernay who executive produces with Oprah Winfrey and Melissa Carter, the Queen Sugar TV series cast includes: Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Tina Lifford, Dondré Whitfield, Nicholas L. Ashe, Timon Kyle Durrett, and Greg Vaughan. Glynn Turman guest stars. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.Read More… »

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Queen Sugar: Own Series Casts Soap Star Greg Vaughan

23 February 2016 1:51 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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Days of Our Lives star Greg Vaughan is leaving Salem, USA for the Big Easy. Vaughan tweeted he is joining the cast of the Queen Sugar TV series on Own: Oprah Winfrey Network. Watch him read for the part of Calvin, below. On February 11, NBC renewed Days of Our Lives through the 2016-2017 television season.

We contacted Own for more information on Vaughan's Queen Sugar role, including his connection to the Bordelon family, but did not hear back before publication. The cast of Queen Sugar includes: Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Tina Lifford, Dondré Whitfield, Nicholas L. Ashe, and Timon Kyle Durrett. Glynn Turman guest stars.

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Queen Sugar: Own Series Casts Tina Lifford, Dondré Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett and Nicholas L. Ashe

17 February 2016 5:02 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

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Parenthood's Tina Lifford, Dondré Whitfield of Mistresses, Nicholas L. Ashe, and Timon Kyle Durrett have been cast as series regulars in Own's Queen Sugar TV series. Durrett appeared in the first season of Single Ladies, which was cancelled by VH1 after three seasons, but revived for a fourth season on Centric.

Queen Sugar begins production this month in Louisiana and Los Angeles. It features the estranged Bordelon siblings, Nova (Rutina Wesley); Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner); and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), who reunite after a family tragedy.

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Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett and Nicholas L. Ashe Join 'Queen Sugar' Cast

16 February 2016 2:24 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Tina Lifford, Dondré Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett and Nicholas L. Ashe have joined the cast as series regulars of the new original Own drama series "Queen Sugar," from Ava DuVernay, produced by Warner Horizon Television. The series, which kicks off production in Louisiana and Los Angeles this month, chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings - Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) - who come together after a family tragedy to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South. Hew additions Lifford portrays Violet Bordelon, the aunt to the Bordelon siblings, described as a spunky woman involved in a long-term »

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Tina Lifford, Dondre Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett and Nicholas L. Ashe Join 'Queen Sugar' Cast

16 February 2016 2:24 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Tina Lifford, Dondré Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett and Nicholas L. Ashe have joined the cast as series regulars of the new original Own drama series "Queen Sugar," from Ava DuVernay, produced by Warner Horizon Television. The series, which kicks off production in Louisiana and Los Angeles this month, chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings - Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) - who come together after a family tragedy to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South. Hew additions Lifford portrays Violet Bordelon, the aunt to the Bordelon siblings, described as a spunky woman involved in a long-term relationship with the younger Hollywood Desonier (Omar Dorsey); Whitfield portrays Remy Newell, a trusted friend working on the Bordelon land as a water irrigation specialist; Durrett portrays Davis West, a charismatic and respected professional basketball player married to Charley Bordelon West. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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TV News Roundup: ‘The Mindy Project’ Sets Midseason Premiere, ‘Agents of Shield’ Casts Slingshot

16 February 2016 1:59 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Mindy Project” sets midseason premiere date, VH1 greenlights series “The Breaks,” “Marvel’s Agents of Shield” recruits a new comic book character and more in today’s news roundup…

Premiere Dates

Hulu has announced the return date of “The Mindy Project.”

The second half of Season 4 will debut on the streaming service on April 12, creator and star Mindy Kaling announced via Twitter on Tuesday.

We back 4/12! #themindyproject pic.twitter.com/SSVtuADp64

Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 16, 2016

MTV’s next season of “Real World” is on the way.

Real World: Go Big or Go Home” premieres March 17, MTV announced Tuesday. The season takes place in downtown Los Angeles, and the seven strangers will live together not knowing what the next day brings. The roommates will do everything from jumping out of a hot air balloon, to performing on stage at a strip club, to meeting the birth mom who put them up for adoption. »

- Jacob Bryant

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Tina Lifford, Dondré Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett & Nicholas L. Ashe Join Own’s ‘Queen Sugar’

16 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Tina Lifford (Parenthood), Dondré Whitfield (Mistresses), Timon Kyle Durrett (Single Ladies) and Nicholas L. Ashe (The Lion King – National Tour) have signed on as series regulars on Own’s new original drama series Queen Sugar, from Ava DuVernay and Warner Horizon Television. The series chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings – Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) – who come together after a family… »

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