Watch out Tyler Perry, there’s a new kid in OWN-town.
It was announced today that Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, the dynamic duo who collaborated on the Oscar-nominated biopic, Selma, are producing a scripted drama series on Winfrey’s OWN network.
And—for the first time ever—Winfrey will have a recurring role on the series, Queen Sugar, the story of a woman living in Los Angeles who moves with her daughter to her father’s 800-acre sugar cane farm in Louisiana after his death. DuVernay will write and direct, and both DuVernay and Winfrey will executive produce.
This is not DuVernay’s first foray into television – she directed an episode of Shonda Rhimes‘ primetime hit Scandal in November 2013.
“I loved this book and immediately saw it as a series for OWN,” said Winfrey in a statement released by Shadow And Act. “The story’s themes of reinventing your life, parenting alone, family connections and conflicts, and building new relationships are what I believe will connect our viewers to this show.”
“From the moment I was introduced to the book [written by Natalie Baszile], I was captivated by the idea of a modern woman wrestling with identity, family, culture and the echoes of history,” said DuVernay in a statement. “To bring this kind of storytelling to life alongside Oprah for her network is wildly wonderful. I’m excited about what’s in store.”