Cicely Tyson Joins Ava DuVernay’s Cherish the Day


Cicely Tyson has joined the cast of Cherish the Day, Ava DuVernay’s new anthology series for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Each season of Cherish the Day will chronicle the romance of one couple, with the story in every episode spanning a single day. The season-long narrative will unfold to reveal significant moments in a relationship, from the extraordinary to the everyday. The series will premiere in winter 2020.

Cherish the Day marks DuVernay’s second series on the network since creating the acclaimed Queen Sugar.

Tyson’s long list of credits spans stage, screen and television. In 1972, her Oscar nomination for Sounder was only the second time in the history of the Academy Awards that an African-American actress was nominated in the best actress category. She is the first African-American woman to win an Emmy Award as best lead actress in a drama for her titular role in 1974’s The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman.

“Last November I was honored to present Ms. Tyson with her Honorary Academy Award, so to have the opportunity to work with this force of nature who has inspired multiple generations with her talent and grace is beyond anything I can describe,” said DuVernay. “I am over the moon that Miss Tyson will bring Miss Luma Lee Langston to life in Cherish the Day. Each day that she walks on set is a master class.”