Oprah Winfrey Network announced today that Ava DuVernay, award-winning filmmaker and creative force behind the network’s critically acclaimed drama series “Queen Sugar,” is bringing her next series to OWN.
With a straight-to-series order, DuVernay will create and executive produce “Cherish the Day,” an original anthology series from Warner Horizon Scripted Television as part of her recently announced overall deal with the studio. Oprah Winfrey will executive produce alongside DuVernay for a winter 2020 premiere on OWN.
Additionally, DuVernay has set acclaimed filmmaker Tanya Hamilton (“Queen Sugar,” “Night Catches Us”) as executive producer/showrunner. Hamilton will direct the series premiere. DuVernay’s longtime producing partner Paul Garnes (“Queen Sugar,” “Selma”) will also executive produce the series.
Each season, the anthology series chronicles the stirring romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The season-long narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday.
“OWN is home. I’m honored to create television for a network headed by an artist with spectacular vision and unbridled passion for the stories that we want to tell,” said DuVernay.
“Ava is a visionary storyteller. She brings so much care, so much heart, so much love to the art she creates,” said Winfrey. “I’m excited to continue collaborating together with our very first anthology series for OWN.”
“Cherish the Day” will join OWN’s programming slate of popular dramas including “Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “The Haves and the Have Nots” and “If Loving You is Wrong” – four of the top 12 original scripted series on ad-supported cable in 2018 for women 25-54 and the top four original scripted series on ad-supported cable for African American women and total viewers. In addition, OWN will premiere two new anticipated drama series in 2019 – “Ambitions” from box office hit-maker Will Packer and “David Makes Man” from Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (“Moonlight”).