McGhee-Anderson will work alongside “Greenleaf” executive producers Craig Wright, Oprah Winfrey and Clement Virgo for the sophomore season, which will begin production in the fall.
The family drama is currently airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. and has become the summer’s top-rated new cable series among women and total viewers, delivering record ratings for OWN. The most recent episode was OWN’s most watched Wednesday telecast in network history with 2.3 million viewers.
“We are incredibly proud of the success of ‘Greenleaf’ and excited to bring Kathleen’s talents to the show,” said Erik Logan, President, OWN. “Her vast experience and passion for storytelling will be a great complement to an already fantastic team.”
“We’re proud to partner with OWN on this critically-acclaimed breakout series and delighted to add a talent of Kathleen’s magnitude to our powerful creative team,” said Lionsgate Television Group Executive Vice President Chris Selak. “‘Greenleaf’ is already resonating with millions of viewers and, as it delves deeper into the lives of Grace, Lady Mae, James and the entire Greenleaf family in its second season, Kathleen’s writing and producing prowess will be an incredible asset.”
McGhee-Anderson wrote the upcoming six-hour mini-series “Madiba, the Nelson Mandela Story” starring Laurence Fishburne, and her feature films include “Sunset Park” and “The Color of Courage.”
“Greenleaf” takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Born of the church, the Greenleaf family love and care for each other, but beneath the surface lies a den of iniquity — greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values — that threatens to tear apart the very core of their faith that holds them together. The stars Merle Dandridge; Keith David; Lynn Whitfield; Kim Hawthorne; Lamman Rucker; Tye White; Deborah Joy Winans; Desiree Ross; and Oprah Winfrey in a recurring role. “Greenleaf” is produced for OWN by Lionsgate in association with Harpo Films and Pine City.