Review: OWN Sets Megachurch Drama Series From Craig Wright and Lionsgate

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN is expanding its scripted slate with Greenleaf, a new original drama series from writer-producer Craig Wright. The Lionsgate-owned series is set for production later this year. Winfrey and Wright are executive producing.

But beneath its steeple lies a den of iniquity a multigenerational matrix of deception that involves the church’s founding family but also extends to the congregation and prominent members of the Memphis community and beyond. Yet, amidst all of the mayhem and deception, the power of something greater persists, calling everyone to conscience for their sins."

Most recently, Wright was executive producer and writer for FX’s Tyrant and consulting producer on Showtime’s United States Of Tara. Wright also was supervising producer on the long-running series Brothers And Sisters and created the cult hit Dirty Sexy Money.

Said Kevin Beggs, Chairman of Lionsgate Television Group: "With its singular take on a world rarely seen and a fascinating family at its core, Greenleaf has all the makings of a highly addictive drama that embodies the kind of provocative high-quality entertainment we champion at Lionsgate.

We’re thrilled to be working with Oprah and Craig and proud to be part of OWN’s expansion in scripted programming." Said Wright: "To tell this potentially explosive story with Oprah, a partner who has as much respect and affection for the church as I do, whose entire body of work is infused with what I would call a faith-based humanism, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.