First Look: Trailer for OWN’s New Mega-Church Drama, “Greenleaf”

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Merle Dandridge as Grace Greenleaf

OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network releases the first trailer for its new original drama series Greenleaf from Lionsgate TV and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Craig Wright (Lost, Six Feet Under, Brothers and Sisters). And in a word — powerful.

The series centers on the return of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge, “The Night Shift”) to her family home after 20 years. The prodigal daughter’s homecoming is due to her sister’s mysterious death. As she reenters the world of 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 the family’s outward display of faith hides a bevy of sins and misdeeds.

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Merle Dandridge as Grace Greenleaf

The series features Oprah Winfrey in her first recurring scripted TV role in two decades, and will launch with a two-night premiere on Tuesday, June 21 at 10pm ET/PT and Wednesday, June 22 at 10pm ET/PT on OWN. The series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT for the remainder of its 13-episode first season.

In a press release from OWN:
“In the season premiere, Grace and her teenage daughter Sophia (Desiree Ross, Falling Skies) are warmly welcomed home by Grace’s father, Bishop Greenleaf. Sparked by Grace’s return to Memphis, tensions quickly rise. At a family dinner in the Greenleaf mansion, Grace’s mother is cold and hostile. Her sister-in-law Kerissa (Kim Hawthorne, Rake) questions her about her faith and sister Charity (Deborah Joy Winans, Whitney) erupts with jealousy at the suggestion that Grace might start preaching at Calvary.

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Oprah Winfrey as Mavis McCready and Lynn Whitfield as Lady Mae Greenleaf

Later, Grace’s Aunt Mavis (Oprah Winfrey, Selma) discusses with her the circumstances of Faith’s death and reveals some shocking information about Grace’s Uncle “Mac” (Gregory Alan Williams, Terminator Genisys). Mavis is still estranged from the Greenleaf family and it becomes evident that she intends to use Grace to sow the seeds of its destruction.”

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