OWN and Lionsgate’s Megachurch Drama ‘Greenleaf’ to Debut in May

OWN’s megachurch drama “Greenleaf,” featuring Oprah Winfrey in her scripted television return, will premiere in late May, the network announced Thursday.

Greenleaf,” from award-winning writer/producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”) and Lionsgate Television, will get a two-night debut, Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday, May 25, airing at 10 both nights. It will then regularly air Wednesdays at 10 for the remainder of its 13-episode run.

The series centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge), who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. As she re-enters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield), it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem and that the family’s outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds.

In a recurring role, Winfrey will play Grace’s aunt Mavis, a blues club owner, who reveals some shocking information about Grace’s uncle Mac (Gregory Alan Williams). Mavis is still estranged from the Greenleaf family and it starts to become evident that she intends to use Grace to sow the seeds of destruction.

“Greenleaf” is produced for OWN by Lionsgate Television. Executive producers are Oprah Winfrey, Craig Wright and Clement Virgo.

OWN is coming off a 2015 that goes down as the network’s most-watched year ever. It also achieved its fourth consecutive year of growth in its target women 25-54 demo.

 

 

 

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