TV News: Sugar, Casual, Quarry, Bates

Queen Sugar
Oprah Winfrey is teaming with “Selma” director Ava DuVernay for a TV series adaptation of Natalie Baszile’s novel “Queen Sugar” for Winfrey’s OWN network. Winfrey will executive produce and appear in a recurring role.

The story follows a “spirited woman” who leaves an upscale Los Angeles life behind to claim an inheritance from her recently deceased dad: an 800-acre sugar cane farm in Louisiana. DuVernay is set to write, direct and executive produce the series with production commencing later this year. [Source: E! Online]

The Casual Vacancy
The BBC has released the first trailer for “The Casual Vacancy,” the upcoming mini-series adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s first non-“Harry Potter” novel. The three-part tale commences airing on February 15th.

The story is set in a seemingly idyllic English village where the townspeople fight for the spot on the parish council after one member dies. In the process, nasty secrets come to light. Rory Kenner, Michael Gambon, Julia McKenzie, Keeley Hawes, Simon McBurney and more star.

Production is officially slated to begin March 30th on location in New Orleans and Tennessee on the eight-episode Cinemax drama series “Quarry”. Logan Marshall-Green, Jodi Balfour, Peter Mullan, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Damon Herriman, Jamie Hector, Edoardo Ballerini and Skipp Sudduth star.

Based on the novels of Max Allan Collins, the story follows a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. He is soon drawn into a network of killing and corruption that spans the length of the Mississippi River. [Source: Cinema]

Bates Motel
A&E have released a new poster for the third season of “Bates Motel” which is moving closer and closer towards the events of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho”. The season deals with Norman’s waning ability to stay in denial about what’s happening to him and the lengths he will go to gain control of his fragile psyche.