OWN ANNOUNCES SECOND SEASON RENEWAL OF ANTHOLOGY DRAMA “CHERISH THE DAY,” FROM AWARD-WINNING CREATOR AVA DuVERNAY
Raynelle Swilling and Teri Schaffer Named Executive Producers and Co-Showrunners of the Series from Warner Bros. Television
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the season two renewal of its popular anthology drama “Cherish the Day,” from Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated creator/executive producer Ava DuVernay, ARRAY Filmworks and Warner Bros. Television. The announcement marks DuVernay’s second series renewed at OWN after the acclaimed filmmaker’s long-running hit drama “Queen Sugar” was previously picked up for a fifth season and is currently in production.
“Cherish the Day” chronicles the stirring relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. Season two will feature a brand-new couple’s love story, with an all-new cast. The 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. Season one co-executive producers Raynelle Swilling and Teri Schaffer have been named executive producers and co-showrunners for season two. Production will take place in 2021.
“Ava and her immensely talented team of creators are telling dynamic and moving love stories depicting the many facets of marriage and relationships that resonate deeply with our audience,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “We are so excited for season two and a new beautiful Black love story.”
“Our ‘Cherish the Day’ audience embraced and applauded the evolution of a Black couple building a life together in our first season, and we can’t wait to bring another story of love and connection to the small screen,” shared DuVernay. “Everyone here at ARRAY Filmworks is so pleased to continue our exploration of romance day by day alongside our partners at Warner Bros. and OWN.”
The first season of “Cherish the Day,” which starred Xosha Roquemore, Alano Miller and legendary actress Cicely Tyson, debuted in February 2020 and on average during its seven-week first season ranked #1 in its time period across all of cable with African American women, households and total viewers.
The DuVernay-led series achieved full gender parity with a production crew of more than 50% women, including 18 female department heads, an initiative DuVernay will continue on in season two.
“Cherish the Day” is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Raynelle Swilling, Teri Schaffer and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers.
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About Cherish the Day TV Show
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network's anticipated new romantic anthology drama "Cherish the Day" from award-winning creator Ava DuVernay ("Queen Sugar," "When They See Us") and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, achieved full gender parity with a production crew of over 50% women, including 18 female department heads.
Women were hired across directing, writing, production design, camera, set design, casting, key craft service, costume, hair, makeup, editing, medical, set decoration, sound, grip, electric, transportation, accounting, locations and stunts, along with serving as post-production supervisor, property master and script supervisor.
"Ava DuVernay has been a groundbreaking leader in the entertainment industry," said Warner Bros. Television's Peter Roth, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul. "By achieving gender parity on her first chapter of 'Cherish the Day' she continues to provide invaluable opportunities for new creative talent. It's this kind of conviction and commitment to inclusion that will have a long-lasting and positive effect on our industry and beyond."
"Ava continues to break down barriers as a trailblazer," said Oprah Winfrey, CEO of OWN. "Achieving a production crew of over 50% women is an incredible accomplishment and we are so proud that Ava has a space at OWN to provide opportunity for new voices and faces in the entertainment industry."
Chapter One of "Cherish the Day," which will premiere on OWN in Winter 2020, chronicles the stirring relationship of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments that compel us to hold true to the ones we love, from the extraordinary to the everyday. Xosha Roquemore ("The Mindy Project") stars as Gently James and Alano Miller ("Underground") stars as Evan Fisher. The couple meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, with the full installment spanning five years in eight episodes. Legendary Emmy-winning actress Cicely Tyson portrays Miss Luma, who Gently lives with and cares for.
"Cherish the Day" is created and executive produced by Ava DuVernay through Array Filmworks from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes ("Queen Sugar"), Tanya Hamilton ("Queen Sugar," "Night Catches Us") and Oprah Winfrey are executive producers.Keep track of the cancel/renew status of all your favorite TV shows. Discover and bookmark our cancelled shows 2021 list and renewed shows 2021-2022 database.
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