Ahead of Greenleaf’s series premiere on June 21, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has ordered a 13-episode second season of the new original drama from Lionsgate TV and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright (Six Feet Under). The renewal was announced last night at the party following the series’ premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Set against the backdrop of a sprawling Memphis megachurch, Greenleaf centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (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. Winfrey also recurs in the series, marking her return to scripted TV, as well as exec produces.
Season 1 will launch with a two-night premiere on Tuesday, June 21 at 10 PM and Wednesday, June 22 at 10 PM on OWN. The series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10 PM for the remainder of its 13-episode first season. Clement Virgo (The Book of Negroes) directs.