Let’s start with what’s worth celebrating: another season is coming! By announcing a season 7 extension when they did, the folks at the network were kind enough to allow us to focus on the show itself today without any distractions. Isn’t that a gift?
Now, here’s where things get a little bittersweet: Season 7 will be the last for Queen Sugar on the network. We shouldn’t be surprised, especially since most TV shows become much more expensive for the producer once you’ve made season 6 or season 7. Just making that long on cable in 2021 is remarkable in itself; most shows are lucky enough to even get a season 3! All of this speaks to the talent of executive producer Ava DuVernay and the entire staff, plus the dedication of fans who have been with the show through thick and thin.
In a statement today via TVLine, here’s some of what DuVernay had to say:
“Everything has a season, and my production partner Paul Garnes and I have made seven wonderful seasons Queen Sugar with a remarkable cast and crew, in addition to our partners at OWN and Warner Bros. television.
“Writing and producing seven seasons of a modern drama centered on a black family is a radical act in our industry and a triumph that far surpassed any hopes I harbored. Now I have a strong feeling that the story, which started as a sunrise from an Oprah suggestion, is set for its sunset as a fully realized dream. Queen Sugar has been one of the true joys of my career and my gratitude is great and boundless.”
That’s one of the nicest sayings about the end of a TV show we’ve read in ages; it shows how much Ava cares about this product, and for us as viewers, we’re thankful there’s an opportunity for a happy ending that doesn’t feel cut off in some way.