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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
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… »
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 »
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
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
“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
Own's new Greenleaf TV series launches with a two-night premiere on Own: Oprah Winfrey Network, Tuesday, May 24 at 10:00pm Et/Pt and Wednesday, May 25 at 10:00pm Et/Pt. This megachurch drama from Craig Wright and Lionsgate Television, is regularly scheduled for Wednesdays at 10:00pm Et/Pt.
9 items from 2016
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