OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has announced that award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay has cast the first season stars of her new anthology series Cherish the Day, which marks her second series on the network since creating the acclaimed show Queen Sugar.
Each season of Cherish the Day will chronicle the stirring romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day. The season-long 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. The series is created and executive produced by Ava DuVernay through Array Filmworks from Warner Horizon Scripted Television.
Xosha Roquemore (The Mindy Project) will star as Gently James and Alano Miller (Underground) will star as Evan Fisher. The couple meets and falls in love in Los Angeles, with the full season spanning five years in eight episodes.
Roquemore is best known for her role as Tamra Webb on Mindy Kaling’s long-running hit series The Mindy Project, and most recently recurred as Dawn Lima on I’m Dying Up Here. On the big screen, Roquemore appeared in Lee Daniels’ Precious and will be seen in the upcoming film Bryan Banks. Miller starred as Cato in Underground and as Raymond Green in the acclaimed film Loving. He has appeared in episodes of The Red Line and recently wrapped production on feature film Sylvie, starring opposite Tessa Thompson.
With a straight-to-series order, DuVernay (16-time Emmy nominated When They See Us) is executive producing the original anthology series from Warner Horizon Scripted Television as part of her recently-announced overall deal with the studio. Cherish the Day is produced for OWN by Array Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes (Queen Sugar), Tanya Hamilton (Queen Sugar, Night Catches Us), and Oprah Winfrey are executive producers.
Acclaimed filmmaker Tanya Hamilton (Queen Sugar, Night Catches Us) will direct the Cherish the Day series premiere written by DuVernay.