Anthony Sparks has been named the new showrunner of OWN’s Queen Sugar as the series has been greenlit for its fourth season.
According to OWN’s press release, Sparks, who has been the show’s co-executive producer, is a part of Ava DuVernay’s “intention of providing showrunner opportunities to those who have never before held the position.”
“Under Ava’s creative vision and leadership, Queen Sugar continues to earn a well-deserved reputation for depicting nuanced characters, rich storylines and establishing an inclusive team that inspires and ignites much-needed conversations about our society today,” said OWN president Erik Logan in a statement for the press release. “We are very proud of this show, the incredible cast, producers and crew and can’t wait for more of the Bordelon family in season four.”
The series will cap off its third season August 22 at 10/9c with a 90-minute finale with a guest-starring appearance by Timon Kyle Durrett. According to the release, “Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) receives unexpected news, the fate of the correctional facility is revealed and Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) makes a proposal on behalf of the farmers. Plus, Violet (Tina Lifford) and Hollywood (Omar J. Dorsey) celebrate their love.”
Shadow and Act’s coverage of Queen Sugar includes an extensive look at Ralph Angel and how fatherhood has helped shape his character development, particularly in this third season when Ralph Angel’s relationship with fatherhood is that he is not his son’s biological father. As Shadow and Act’s Aramide A. Tinubu wrote in her article on Ralph Angel, “Seeing a young black father in the thick of it all on Queen Sugar makes us all feel just a bit less isolated and a little safer.”