Cherish the Day is coming back for a second season.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network made the announcement Monday, saying a second season of the Ava DuVernay-produced romantic anthology series had been ordered.
The drama premiered in February 2020, and ranked #1 in its time period across all of cable with African American women.
“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,” DuVernay said in a statement.
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The first season starred Xosha Roquemore and Alano Miller as a couple who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles. Cicely Tyson, Michael Beach, Anne-Marie Johnson, and Kellee Stewart rounded out the main cast.
Season two will feature a new love story and an all-new cast. In another change, season one co-executive producers Raynelle Swilling and Teri Schaffer have been named executive producers and co-showrunners for season 2. Production is slated to begin 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 OWN President Tina Perry. “We are so excited for season two and a new beautiful Black love story.”
The series is produced for OWN by Array Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. DuVernay, Paul Garnes, and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers.
During a Q&A attended by Urban Hollywood 411 earlier this year, DuVernay said the goal of the series is to bring the many sides of Black love to television.
“We’ve seen non-Black love in every way,” the filmmaker told reporters. “Our goal is to bring Black love in all of its iterations.”
The series achieved full gender parity with a production crew of more than 50 percent women, an initiative DuVernay will continue in season 2.
Monday’s announcement marks DuVernay’s second series renewed at OWN, including the long-running drama Queen Sugar, which was previously picked up for a fifth season and is currently in production.