OWN’s David Makes Man is coming back for a second season, the cable network announced Thursday.
The series from Oscar-winning Moonlight co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney and Warner Horizon Scripted Television premiered in August 2019, and recently received a Critics Choice Award nomination for best drama series.
The inner-city drama is inspired by real events in McCraney’s life, and centers on a 14-year-old boy haunted by the death of his closest friend. The teen must choose between the streets that raised him and the education that could offer him a way out.
The series stars newcomer Akili McDowell in the title role of David. Alana Arenas and Phylicia Rashad co-star.
OWN President Tina Perry said the network is honored to have the show in its programming lineup.
“Tarell McCraney has brought us a gift with this series and masterfully added a beautiful new hue to our palette of dramatic storytelling on OWN,” Perry said. “Viewers and television critics alike have embraced ‘David Makes Man’ and connected to its powerful message. We are honored to partner with the incredible producers and cast as well as our friends at Warner Horizon Scripted Television on a second season.”
During its first season, David Makes Man ranked #2 in its time period across all cable with African-American women.
McCraney serves as executive producer along with showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence. Oprah Winfrey, Michael B. Jordan, Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy are also executive producers.
To celebrate the show’s renewal, OWN plans to run a New Year’s Day marathon of season one with all episodes airing back-to-back beginning at 1pm ET/PT.