“Queen Sugar’s” story will continue for, at least, one more year.

Announced by the network today, OWN has officially renewed the long-running, critically acclaimed drama for a fifth season. The announcement comes just one day after “Queen Sugar” aired its season 4 finale, with the Oprah Winfrey-produced series set to return for its now-confirmed fifth season sometime next year.

Anthony Sparks is set to return as showrunner and executive producer for the new season, after having taken over as showrunner for Kat Candler following the show’s third season.

“I’m thrilled to further explore the beauty, pain and triumph of this African-American family, with hopes that their story will continue to resonate with audiences who see themselves in the Bordelons,” said series creator, Ava DuVernay, today. “It’s a real honor to create this work with Warner Horizon and OWN as their support is rock-solid and wonderful.”

“Ava’s vision for ‘Queen Sugar’ is one of inspired storytelling, and her execution of that vision has given us a remarkable series that makes us so proud,” said OWN President, Tina Perry, “Her leadership and creative spirit – including the commitment to exclusively hire female directors and establish an inclusive crew – is unprecedented and evident throughout each episode of this beautiful series. We are grateful to Ava and her entire team of talented writers, producers, cast and crew and look forward to another season.”

“Every character feels like family,” added Winfrey. “Our own. I am excited to see what Ava has unfolding next for the Bordelons.”

In its fourth season, “Queen Sugar” averaged a 0.2 live + same day rating among adults 18-49, with 1.04 million viewers. That’s down just a bit from its third season’s 0.3 rating and 1.10 million viewer averages.

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Alex Welch has been writing for TV by the Numbers since January 2016. In his off time he enjoys rewatching old episodes of Game of Thrones and unironically singing along to ABBA. Every now and then, he even does them at the same time. He lives in Los Angeles.

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