Last week, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network gave a small group of New York press a first look of its new mega-church drama series “GREENLEAF” at a private luncheon at the Roxy Hotel. Team Red Carpet Shelley was in the building for this special event.
Executive producers Oprah Winfrey, Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”) and Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”) were on hand to share insight on the show during the post-screening Q&A along with cast members Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, Tye White and writer/story editor Erica Anderson.
It was truly a highlight of my media career to be in the same room with Oprah. I was honored to ask Ms. Winfrey a question. Although, I was literally shaking in my boots, Oprah was endearing, attentive, witty and down-to-earth which somewhat eased my nerves (not really!). Despite being a media force of nature Oprah was a team player which ensured all cast mates and producers were integrally involved in the Q&A. Team RCS interviewed several of the cast mates and producers including Clement Virgo who is Jamaican. Check back soon for our exclusive interviews.
“GREENLEAF” centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge, “The Night Shift”) 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, “Enlisted” and “Community”) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield, “The Josephine Baker Story”), 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.
“GREENLEAF” premieres two-nights: Tuesday, June 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season. “Greenleaf” is produced for OWN by Lionsgate Television.
Check out a sneak peek of “Greenleaf” here: www.OWN.tv/Greenleaf
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