Ava DuVernay’s romantic drama series Cherish the Day has found its next two stars, with Joy Bryant and Henry Simmons set to lead the cast on the second season.
OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network made the announcement Wednesday in a press release, saying production will begin this month in New Orleans.
Season 2 of the anthology series will follow the relationship of Ellis (Simmons) and Sunday (Bryant), who fell in love in high school, and are reunited when their paths cross in New Orleans.
Ellis is a former basketball player who is now a single father of two, and Sunday is a vegan celebrity chef knocking on the door of fame. Each episode of the season-long narrative unfolds in a single day between the couple.
The first season starred Xosha Roquemore and Alano Miller as a couple who met and fell in love in Los Angeles. The late Cicely Tyson, Michael Beach, Anne-Marie Johnson, and Kellee Stewart were also part of the main cast.
The anthology series created by Ava DuVernay is produced for OWN by Array Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Raynelle Swilling, Teri Schaffer, and Oprah Winfrey serve as executive producers. Swilling, who won the 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Breakthrough Creative (Television) for Cherish the Day, and Schaffer are co-showrunners of season 2.
DuVernay will continue her efforts for full gender parity after season one featured a production crew of more than 50% women, including 18 female department heads.