A church drama is headed to OWN. "Greenleaf," the new original series will begin with a two-night premiere on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network on Tuesday, May 24 at 10 p.m. EST/PST and Wednesday, May 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The show also features Oprah Winfrey, marking her first recurring scripted television role in two decades.
The series will center 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.
In the season premiere, Grace and her teenage daughter Sophia are warmly welcomed home by Grace's father, Bishop James Greenleaf, but tensions quickly rise soon thereafter at a family dinner in the Greenleaf mansion. Grace's mother is cold and hostile; her sister-in-law Kerissa questions her about her faith; and sister Charity erupts with jealousy at the suggestion that Grace might preach at Calvary.
The megachurch drama will regularly air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST/PST during its 13-episode first season.