Netflix Acquires Worldwide Streaming Rights to Oprah’s Megachurch Drama; Will Stream Season 1 of “Greenleaf” Beginning March 3


Ahead of its second season premiere which is set for March 15, Netflix has acquired worldwide streaming rights to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s freshman drama series “Greenleaf,” the service announced Thursday, as part of an agreement between Netflix and series producer Lionsgate.

Season 1 of “Greenleaf” will become available to stream in full on Netflix beginning on March 3, just in time for you to catch up (assuming you haven’t already watched the first season) before the second season kicks off on OWN on March 15 at 10pm ET/PT.

From Emmy-nominated creator/executive producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”) and executive producers Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”) and Oprah Winfrey, the hit series takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch.

It stars Merle Dandridge, Lynn Whitfield and Keith David, as well as Lamman Rucker, Deborah Joy Winans, Kim Hawthorne, Tye White, Greg Alan Williams, Desiree Ross, and Lovie Simone.

The upcoming second season will see the Greenleaf family tree split at the root as Jacob (Lamman Rucker) ventures off to begin his new career with long-time rival church Triumph Ministries, breaking faith with his father, Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David), while his mother, Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield), struggles with Jacob’s decision to abandon the family. Meanwhile, after exposing her Uncle Mac’s (Gregory Alan Williams) crimes, but failing to bring him to justice, Grace “Gigi” Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) finds herself intrigued with someone new, Darius Nash (guest star Rick Fox), a local journalist who’s been closely following the ongoing threats plaguing the Greenleaf empire. Oprah Winfrey also returns in her guest starring role as Mavis McCready, the sister of Lady Mae Greenleaf and a close confidante to Grace Greenleaf.

“Greenleaf” is produced for OWN by Lionsgate in association with Harpo Films and Pine City.

Watch an extended trailer for the first season (1) of “Greenleaf” below:

SOURCE: Shadow and Act