Joy Bryant and Henry Simmons will lead the second season of OWN’s romance anthology Cherish the Day.
In season two, followers will follow the rekindling of former high school sweethearts, Ellis and Sunday, who find themselves reunited in beautiful New Orleans. Bryant will play a vegan celebrity chef named Sunday, while Simmons will play former basketball player Ellis, now a single father of two. The Ava DuVernay-created series chronicles the relationship of the former couple.
Each episode of the season-long narrative unfolds in a single day to reveal significant moments in a relationship.
The DuVernay-led series achieved full gender parity with a production crew of more than 50% women, including 18 female department heads, an initiative DuVernay will continue in season 2.
DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Raynelle Swilling, Teri Schaffer, and Oprah Winfrey serve as EPs of the series.
Production on the ARRAY Filmworks, Harpo Films and Warner Bros. Television production will begin this month in New Orleans with the new season set to air in 2022.
The first season of “Cherish the Day” debuted in February 2020. starred Xosha Roquemore, Alano Miller, and the late
Cicely Tyson starred in the first season.
On average during its seven-week first season, the series ranked #1 in its time period across all of cable with African American women, households, and total viewers.
Simmons most recently starred in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for ABC, and previously starred in the final six seasons of the landmark ABC drama NYPD Blue, created by Steven Bochco and David Milch. He was also a series regular on the CBS legal drama Shark and ABC comedy Man Up.
Bryant is best known for her NAACP Image Award-nominated role as Jasmine in the long-running series Parenthood, and recently starred in the ABC series For Life opposite Nicholas Pinnock and Indira Varma.