Former Nashville co-executive producer Monica Macer has joined breakout new OWN drama series Queen Sugar as executive producer and showrunner for Season 2.

The current first season of the well reviewed series, created/executive produced by Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, was showrun by DuVernay and Melissa Carter. With DuVernay set to direct A Wrinkle in Time, OWN and Queen Sugar producer Warner Horizon Television decided to bring in Macer to take the reins for next season.

Queen Sugar, which airs Wednesdays, scored the highest-rated two-night premiere in OWN history with its September opener.

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“I am delighted that Monica is joining the Queen Sugar family, adding her unique voice and creative vision to the Bordelon siblings’ journey for season two,” said DuVernay. “With our successful series launch well underway, we are fortunate to be able to include Monica as we prepare for all of the great things to come in the next season.”

Based on the book of the same name by Natalie Baszile, the contemporary drama Queen Sugar chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in Saint Josephine, Louisiana: Nova (Rutina Wesley), a world-wise journalist and activist; Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), the savvy wife and manager of a professional basketball star; and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the New South.

“We are incredibly proud of the success of Queen Sugar and happy to welcome Monica to the team as we embark on season two,” said Erik Logan, President, OWN.  “She brings tremendous storytelling experience to the table, and will be a great addition to the show.”

Macer most recently served as co-executive producer on VH1’s upcoming drama series The Breaks. Prior to that, she was a co-executive producer on Nashville, and wrote a number of episodes over the past three seasons on ABC (including co-writing the 2016 winter premiere). Macer’s series credits also include NBC’s Deception, Fox’s Prison Break and ABC’s Lost.

Macer is repped by ICM Partners, Rain Management and Del Shaw Moonves.

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