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The series debuts in September

Network head thinks fans will connect with it

(CNN) —  

OWN is confident viewers will love “Queen Sugar.”

So much so, the network announced it renewed the series before its first season premiere in September.

The drama follows the lives of three estranged siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana. Led by “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, all of the first season’s 13 episodes were directed by women.

“When we saw the first cut from Ava we knew right away that we wanted a second season,” OWN president Erik Logan said in a statement. “We think viewers are going to connect with the deeply layered characters and powerful story and are excited to be able to share with them Ava’s director’s cut on premiere night without interruption. We are proud to be a network that supports a filmmaker’s creative vision.”

The show will debut over two nights on September 6-7, then air regularly on Wednesdays on OWN.