BY SHAMAN MOMOH
Megachurch drama, Greenleaf, which is an Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) original series is set to debut on the network on Tuesday, June 21, 2016.
Produced by Craig Wright and Lionsgate Television, it tells the story of of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) who returns home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. As she reenters 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.
It is directed by Clement Virgo and it features Oprah in a recurring role, her first of such TV roles in more than 20 years. It will air every Wednesday till it runs its 13-episode first season. It is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, Craig Wright and Clement Virgo and also features Lamman Rucker and Tye White.
In the season premiere, Grace and her teenage daughter Sophia (Desiree Ross) are warmly welcomed home by Grace’s father, Bishop James Greenleaf, but tensions quickly rise soon thereafter at a family dinner in the Greenleaf mansion. Grace’s mother is cold and hostile; her sister-in-law Kerissa (Kim Hawthorne) questions her about her faith; and sister Charity (Deborah Joy Winans) erupts with jealousy at the suggestion that Grace might preach at Calvary.
Watch the trailer below:
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