l-r) “Greenleaf” cast and executives attend a private screening and Q&A at the Roxy Hotel in NYC: Craig Wright (executive producer), Erica Anderson (writer/story editor), Clement Virgo (executive producer/director), Kim Hawthorne, Merle Dandridge, Oprah Winfrey (executive producer), Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Tye White, Lamman Rucker and Erik Logan (president of OWN).
Yesterday, on Thursday 4/21 OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network hosted a small, intimate screening and private luncheon at the Roxy Hotel for the New York press for a first look at its new mega-church drama series “GREENLEAF.“
Everyone was on hand during the post screening and Q&A session including Oprah, who executive produced the show along with Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”) and Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”). Cast members who attended included Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, Tye White and writer/story editor Erica Anderson.
“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.
Greenleaf Screening guests
Saptosa Foster, Oprah Winfrey and Shante Bacon
Greenleaf stars Lynn Whitfield and Keith David
Greenleaf stars Lamman Rucker and Keith David
Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey (right) intros the GREENLEAF cast
Greenleaf star Merle Dandridge
Writer/ Story Editor Erica Anderson
Greenleaf star Kim Hawthorne gives commentary
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