Memphis Megachurch Drama, “Greenleaf” To Premiere in Tribeca Film Festival
Keith David (Community, Enlisted) will topline Greenleaf, OWN’s megachurch drama series from Craig Wright and Lionsgate TV.
The straight-to-series drama focuses on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful. Emmy winner David will play Bishop James Greenleaf, the charming and charismatic but brilliantly manipulative leader of Greenleaf World Ministries. He joins previously cast Lynn Whitfield, who plays Bishop Greenleaf’s imperious wife Lady Mae, Merle Dandridge as Lady Mae’s estranged daughter Grace, and Desire Ross as Grace’s teenage daughter, Sophia. Oprah Winfrey and Wright are exec producing.
David is repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency, manager Josh Silver and attorney Diana Shaw.
OWN is continuing its scripted expansion.
The Oprah Winfrey– and Discovery-owned cable network has handed out a straight-to-series order for megachurch drama Greenleaf, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The 13-episode series hails from Lionsgate Television and Craig Wright (Six Feet Under, Lost, Tyrant) and centers on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.
Greenleaf is described as the center of the community for the thousands of predominantly African-American members who attend services there. But beneath its steeple lies a den of iniquity — greed, adultery, sibling rivalry and conflicting values. The series is described as a multigenerational matrix of deception that involves the church’s founding family and extends to its congregation, prominent members of the Memphis community and beyond. Yet, amid the mayhem and deception, the power of something greater persists, calling everyone to conscience for their sins…
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