The critically acclaimed series, led by director Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, follows the Bordelon siblings, Charley West (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) and Nova (Rutina Wesley), as they come together to run the family business.
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As Charley continues to juggle her high-profile split from Davis (Timon Kyle Durrett) and the sugar cane farm with Ralph Angel, Micah (Nicholas L. Ashe) finds himself being profiled by a police officer. Following a heartbreaking split in season one, Violet (Tina Lifford) addresses her true feelings for Hollywood (Omar J. Dorsey)…but is she too late? And will Ralph Angel pursue his right to the property after discovering his late father’s will?
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Farmiga appears in the standalone episode “Kill All Others,” in which “a man hangs dead from a lamppost, apparently murdered and inexplicably ignored by passersby, after a politician (Farmiga) makes a shocking statement encouraging violence,” our sister site Deadline reports.
The installment also features Mel Rodriguez (The Last Man on Earth) as an extraordinarily average man and Sarah Baker (Big Little Lies, Louie) as his spouse.
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
As a result, "Queen Sugar" — about a trio of adult siblings who attempt to run their family's sugarcane farm in rural Louisiana after
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
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
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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