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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 »
- Laura Prudom
Ageism in Hollywood will be the topic of a panel discussion Friday night moderated by actress Sharon Lawrence. Panelists will include actresses Kathy Griffin, Lesley Ann Warren, JoBeth Williams and Lynn Whitfield along with director Michael Lindsay Hogg; manager and publicist Harlan Boll; and best-selling author Ashton Applewhite, an expert on aging and ageism. At 55, Griffin says she's been hearing ageist comments her entire professional life. "I hear it all the time,"… »
Can I get an amen? Own has increased the episode order for season two of its Greenleaf TV show. The Oprah Winfrey Network originally ordered 13 episodes for the second season of the megachurch drama series. The news that Own raised the episode order to 16 broke last night, during the channel's Television Critics Association (TCA) presentation.The Greenleaf TV series cast includes: Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, Lovie Simone, Merle Dandridge, Desiree Ross, Deborah Joy Winans, Tye White, Oprah Winfrey, GregAlan Williams, Benjamin Patterson, Anna Diop, and Terri J. Vaughn.Read More… »
Merle Dandridge got her first professional acting job when she was 20, and has been working ever since. The American actress, born in Japan, stars in the Own Network’s “Greenleaf” alongside Lynn Whitfield and Keith David. Dandridge spoke with Variety about big changes in her life — and in the world.
What was your big break?
It was a couple of months out of college when I got my first tour on “Smokey Joe’s Café.” I was the swing, which means I covered all of the female roles, so I had to be disciplined. It was kind of like a boot camp — always being prepared for anything that might come up. It’s the hardest job, but it’s also a really great way to learn.
“Greenleaf” is a departure from your previous work.
It’s been a very different experience for me, sitting right in the heart of the main storyline as a lead. Fortunately »
- Maria Cavassuto
Oprah Winfrey has returned to scripted television with Greenleaf. It's her first recurring role in 20 years. Will this be enough to entice viewers to tune in to watch this Own series? It's already been renewed for a second season but, how will it do in the ratings? If they are bad enough, could it be cancelled? Stay tuned.
A dramatic series, Greenleaf revolves around the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch. Scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. The cast includes Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, Lovie Simone, Merle Dandridge, Desiree Ross, Deborah Joy Winans, Tye White, GregAlan Williams, Benjamin Patterson, Anna Diop, Terri J. Vaughn, and Winfrey.
Below are the show's TV ratings, typically the best way to tell if the series will be cancelled or renewed. These figures will be updated »
Among women ages 25-54, “Greenleaf” drew 3.04 million viewers and a 2.18 rating in Nielsen live-plus-same day numbers. That makes it the No. 2 cable premiere in the demo in 2016 thus far, behind FX’s “The People Vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”
“Greenleaf” marks Winfrey’s return to series television as an actress. The host and media mogul starred in the single-season ABC drama “Brewster Place” in 1990. Her last on-screen acting work was in the 2014 feature film “Selma.”
Written by Craig Wright and executive produced by Winfrey and Clement Virgo, “Greenleaf” explores the inner workings of the powerful family behind a Memphis megachurch. Merle Dandridge, Keith David and Lynn Whitfield star alongside Winfrey. The series is produced by Lionsgate.
“Greenleaf” will air two new episodes Wednesday at 9 p.m »
- Daniel Holloway
The Oprah Winfrey Network original series “Greenleaf” broke a ratings record for the cable channel when it premiered on Tuesday night. The series delivered 3 million viewers and a 2.2 rating in the women 25-54 demographic, making it the No. 1 series debut in network history. A new original drama series from writer-producer Craig Wright and executive producers Oprah Winfrey and Clement Virgo, “Greenleaf” takes viewers into the world of the Greenleaf family and their Memphis megachurch, where secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Also Read: Oprah Winfrey Endorses Hillary Clinton for President The show stars Merle Dandridge, Keith David, »
- Joe Otterson
“Add Oprah Winfrey and they will come” might become the new adage for Own after the success of Greenleaf's debut last night. The 10 Pm premiere of the megachurch family drama starring Merle Dandridge, Keith David, Lynn Whitfield and Oprah herself drew 3.04 million viewers and a 2.18 rating in Own’s target market of women 25-54. That makes Greenleaf the biggest series launch in Own’s five-year history. It also makes Greenleaf the most-watched show on cable last night and… »
Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
The news that you’ve seen Greenleaf before probably won’t come as much of a shock. The show is billed as a dynastic family drama whose deceit and lies bubble to the surface once a prodigal child returns with a baggage of viewpoints directly contradicting with what most in the scrupulous title clan take as gospel. Interchange Greenleaf’s sprawling megachurch in Memphis with a record business, oil company, etc, and you have the set-up of most serialized dramas in the past three decades.
That’s the unfortunate first impression that Own’s new scripted series gives off in its opening three hours: redundancy. The faith-based approach to a bible-thumping, all-black, Southern brood – who would smack me over the head for using the term “bible-thumping” – coalesces into welcomely dense conversations of what it actually means to be Christian, but the show never »
- Mitchel Broussard
One of “Greenleaf’s” most notable accomplishments is how much it packs into its first three episodes without seeming rushed or overwrought. It’s a classic nighttime soap, so all the staples of the genre are there: infidelity, substance abuse, a love triangle or two, greed, resentment, and vengeance. And yet this capable drama, which chronicles the intertwined lives of an African-American clan that presides over a high-powered megachurch in Memphis, treats themes of faith and redemption with earnest intelligence. It also contains some thoughtful meditations on how toxic secrets, especially those involving sexual violence, can ripple through families and communities, causing waves of destruction along the way.
Oprah Winfrey is an executive producer of “Greenleaf,” and she also has a modest but effective recurring guest role as Mavis, a relative of the Greenleaf family who runs a nightclub on Beale Street. Winfrey appears in the first three episodes, and »
- Maureen Ryan
“Greenleaf” follows an African-American family who runs a megachurch and the trials that tear them apart. Winfrey, who in addition to playing Mavis McCready is an executive producer, said a key part in producing the series was ensuring that it was an authentic reflection of the black church.
“The whole scene where Kerissa (Kim Hawthorne) is attacking Grace (Dandridge) at the table about, ‘Are you spiritual, or religious?’… I had that,” Winfrey said. “I’ve also had that moment where Grace is saying out loud, ‘I swear to God.’ I was a little girl once and I said that. And my father said, ‘Not in my house you won’t.'”
Winfrey added, “One of the writers in the room actually is an ‘every-Sunday-morning-church-going-person’ … so it’s pretty authentic.”
But Winfrey said that not everything about the show is pure. “You can’t have a TV show without sin.”
Considering the lack of scripted content showing the church on TV, the cast and creators said they didn’t want the show to be an ironic depiction. “It had to feel like it was truthful,” said Clement Virgo, an executive producer who also directed the pilot.
Guests were treated to BBQ following the screening. The series debuts June 21 on Own.
- Lamarco McClendon
"It's about a family that is close, a family that is flawed." Own has released new behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast of their upcoming series, Greenleaf.
The drama centers on Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge), the estranged daughter of a megachurch bishop (Keith David) who returns home after her sister's mysterious death. Lynn Whitfield, Kim Hawthorne, and Oprah Winfrey also star.
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After almost two decades of starring in films and as guest stars in series, Oprah returns to her acting chops in Greenleaf as the recurring character Mavis McCready, the aunt of the main character Grace Greenleaf, played by Merle Dandridge. Also starring in the series include Keith David as Grace’s father — biologically and religiously– Bishop James Greenleaf, Lynn Whitfield as James’ wife Mae, Kim Hawthorne as Grace’s sister Kerissa, and Lamman Rucker as her brother Jacob.
Set to debut on the Oprah Winfrey Network on June 21, the series follows Grace as she returns home after her aunt’s death to stay for the weekend. While there, she falls in love with the church again, »
- Catherina Gioino
Set photos keep popping up from filming on Marvel and Netflix's "Iron Fist" series in New York. The new shots today show more of Finn Jones as Danny Rand, and offer a first look at Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum. Click here for the pics. The series only just began production and isn't expected to begin airing until early next year.
Along with the "Game of Thrones" seventh season renewal announcement today, HBO has also handed out renewal orders for its comedy series "Veep" and "Silicon Valley" which will get sixth and fourth seasons respectively. All three series air on Sundays during the second quarter of the year and are the network's strongest and most acclaimed current series.
- Garth Franklin
“Greenleaf” marks a new chapter in scripted drama for Own.
The drama about a family that runs a mega church in Tennessee is edgier and earthier than the Tyler Perry sudsers that Own has had success with in the past two years. It’s also the first scripted series to feature Winfrey in the cast. The series, which bows June 21, had its premiere Wednesday evening at the Tribeca Film Festival.
“Being able to do this series is a dream come true,” Winfrey told the crowd after the screening. “Back when the narrative (for Own) was we were the struggling, struggling, struggling network, I had a dream of being able to do this kind of scripted television. On the foundation that Tyler laid for us at the network we are able to move into a ‘Greenleaf’ and later this fall, ‘Queen Sugar.’ ”
- Cynthia Littleton
Own's new original series "Greenleaf," featuring Oprah Winfrey's first recurring scripted television role in two decades, will launch on June 21 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. The megachurch drama from Emmy nominated writer/producer Craig Wright ("Lost," "Six Feet Under") and Lionsgate Television, will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Et/Pt for the remainder of its 13-episode first season. "Greenleaf" centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (played by Merle Dandridge) who has returned 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. In the. »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Family Peter Mensah as T'Chaka. The Spartacus Ghanaian actor has the poise and commanding screen presence necessary to bring T'Chaka to life. Colin Salmon as S'Yana. The British actor, who bares a resemblence to Mensah, gives off the aura of the father figure in his role in Arrow neccessary for his part in T'Challa's life after T'Chaka is killed. Lupita Nyong'o as Shuri. The Kenyan beauty bares an exceptional resemblance to Boseman and radiates the elegance of royalty. Should Shuri take a proactive role in the future sequels, it will be exciting to see another side of Nyong'o. Iman as T'Chaka's first wife, N'Yami. Lynn Whitfield as T'Chaka's second wife, Queen Mother The beautiful 62 year old actress still has a sharp edge and fire worthy of Ramonda, the Queen of Wakanda. The Dora Milaje Grace Jones as a lead / elder Dora Milaje. The iconic 67 year old Jamaican actress will be able to bring the strength, »
Lynn Whitfield and Rockmond Dunbar are starring in the Supremacy Films drama titled "Curveball," which Rlj Entertainment will release on DVD and Digital Video on April 5th. The film centers on a star high school baseball player who makes one wrong decision that quickly brings some unexpected mayhem into his life. Official synopsis reads: "Smart, popular and star pitcher of his high school team, Nolan has managed to put his troubled childhood behind him with the help of the two things he could always depend on: his love of baseball and his best friend, Sam. But just as Nolan's future is looking bright, Sam starts leading him into trouble - playing hard and partying »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The series follows estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) returning home on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister. Upon reentering the world of the Memphis megachurch run by her parents, played by Lynn Whitfield and Keith David, she begins to realize that her family is hiding things.
“If I thought your Uncle Mac did anything, do you think he’d still be alive?” David’s Bishop James Greenleaf says threateningly.
The show will also mark Winfrey’s return to scripted TV after a two-decade break. She will play Grace’s aunt Mavis McCready in the show.
“This time brother, you’re going down,” McCready says. The trailer also includes Grace’s return home, mourning the loss of her sister, Faith, and »
- Jacob Bryant
We’re getting the first look at Greenleaf, Own: Oprah Winfrey Network’s new original drama series from Lionsgate TV and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright (Lost, Six Feet Under). In the trailer, we see Oprah Winfrey in her return to scripted TV, along with stars Merle Dandridge, Keith David and Lynn Whitfield. Set against the backdrop of a sprawling Memphis megachurch, Greenleaf centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace… »
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