Clement Virgo additionally operates as a director manufacturer as well as additionally supervisor. It stars Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, as well as additionally Merle Dandridge. Greenleaf premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network on June 21, 2016.
On November 23, 2018, OWN brought back the collection for the 4th duration. The fourth duration premiered on September 3, 2019. On November 15, 2019, OWN validated the resurgence of a 5th as well as last period of the collection, readied to premiere on June 23, 2020.
Greenleaf complies with the underhanded globe of the Greenleaf household with opprobrious keys as well as exists, their palatial household manor substance, as well as their expansive Memphis megachurch with mainly African-American participants. The collection' protagonists are Bishop James Greenleaf (David) as well as Lady Mae Greenleaf (Whitfield), that are the patriarch as well as matriarch of the Greenleaf household, as well as Grace Greenleaf (Dandridge), their separated child that has actually returned home after 20 years adhering to the mystical fatality of her sis, Faith.
On July 30, 2015, OWN introduced that it had actually gotten Greenleaf—a brand-new dramatization adhering to an African-American megachurch run by the eponymous household in Memphis, Tennessee. Both Greenleaf as well as one more collection introduced that year, Queen Sugar, was the initial scripted collection obtained by OWN that was not generated by Tyler Perry. The collection was developed by Lost as well as Six Feet Under author Craig Wright as well as exec generated by Oprah Winfrey with Wright as well as Lionsgate Television, with 13 episodes for the initial period established for manufacturing later on in 2015. On September 9, 2015, The Book of Negroes author as well as supervisor Clement Virgo signed up with the collection as executive manufacturer as well as supervisor of the pilot episode.
Filming of the initial period started in October 2015 in Atlanta as well as upright March 24, 2016. On January 21, 2016, it was introduced that collection will certainly debut with a two-night best at 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2016, as well as 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, as well as will on a regular basis broadcast on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Later best was transferred to June 21, 2016, as well as June 22, 2016. The opening night of Greenleaf was throughout the Tribeca Film Festival in April, prior to its tv launching in June, of 2016.
Casting marketing started in August 2015. On August 24, 2015, it was introduced that Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge as well as Desiree Ross are the initial stars cast in collection. Emmy Award victor Whitfield will certainly star as Lady Mae Greenleaf, Bishop Greenleaf's better half, cold-blooded as well as power as well as money-hungry matriarch of the household, while Dandridge plays her separated child that goes back to house with her teen child (played by Ross). On September 3, 2015, Keith David was cast in the leading function of Bishop James Greenleaf, the household patriarch as well as leader of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries. On September 4, 2015, Tye White has actually been cast as the son-in-law of the Bishop. On September 9, 2015, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne as well as Deborah Joy Winans have actually landed the last 3 routine duties. Rucker plays the oldest boy, while Hawthorne stars as his regulating better half. Winans plays the youngest child of the Bishop.
On September 24, 2015, it was introduced that collection' executive manufacturer Oprah Winfrey signed up with Greenleaf in a reoccuring function as Mavis McCready, the sis of Lady Mae Greenleaf. Whitfield as well as Winfrey formerly co-starred in the 1989 miniseries The Women of Brewster Place. On November 20, 2015, Anna Diop was cast as an educator that is involved to Greenleaf Estate's supervisor. Three days later on, it was introduced that Terri J. Vaughn will certainly repeat as a primary caretaker at Greenleaf manor.
For the 2nd period, Lovie Simone as well as GregAlan Williams were advertised to collection regulars after looking like reoccuring in mostly all episodes in the initial period.
Ahead of its tv best, on April 21, 2016, the collection was restored momentarily period, which premiered on March 15, 2017. Season 2 returned with brand-new episodes on a two-night best start on August 15, 2017. On August 7, 2017, the collection was restored for a 3rd period, which premiered in a two-night best on August 28 as well as August 29, 2018, as well as ran up until November 21, 2018. On September 19, 2018, the collection was restored for a 4th period. On May 3, 2020, OWN introduced that a 5th as well as last season will air on June 23, 2020.
- Keith David as Bishop James Greenleaf, the charismatic as well as strong leader of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries and Greenleaf family patriarch.
- Lynn Whitfield as “First Lady” Daisy Mae Greenleaf, née McCready, Bishop Greenleaf's wife, First Lady of Calvary Fellowship and family matriarch.
- Merle Dandridge as Pastor Grace “Gigi” Greenleaf, Mae and Bishop's eldest child. She returns home 20 years after escaping from the family. Her mother and siblings consistently deplore her “desertion”.
- Desiree Ross as Sophia Greenleaf, Grace's teenage daughter, who shares her mother's charms and whose deep religious faith is challenged.
- Lamman Rucker as Pastor Jacob Greenleaf, the second-born child and only son of the Bishop. He resents Grace for abandoning the family and leaving him to take her place in the ministry, crushing his dream of a career in professional baseball.
- Kim Hawthorne as Kerissa Greenleaf, Jacob's ambitious and controlling wife and headmistress of Excellence Academy.
- Deborah Joy Winans as Charity Greenleaf, the youngest Greenleaf child and also Minister of Music at Calvary Fellowship. Being the youngest, she is furious at being left out of family situations. Like Jacob, she resents Grace for leaving the family, forcing Charity to stay bound to her family's church.
- Tye White as Kevin Satterlee, Charity's husband and director of Outreach at Calvary Fellowship (Seasons 1-3)
- Gregory Alan Williams as Robert “Mac” McCready, Lady Mae's brother. (Recurring character Season 1, main Season 2).
- Lovie Simone as Zora Greenleaf, Kerissa and Jacob's rebellious teenage daughter. (Recurring Season 1, main Season 2 to present)
- Rick Fox as Darius Nash, a journalist. (Recurring Season 2, main Season 3)
- Beau Bridges as Bob Whitmore, preacher and owner of megachurch franchise Harmony & Hope. (main, Season 4)
- Oprah Winfrey as Mavis McCready, Lady Mae and Mac's sister and a close confidant of Grace; once a nightclub owner. Mavis and Mae are estranged.
- Terri J. Vaughn as Melisse, a chief housekeeper at Greenleaf mansion. (Season 1)
- Benjamin Patterson as Noah Kendall, Greenleaf Estate's manager, church security chief and Gigi's ex-boyfriend and childhood sweetheart (Seasons 1, 4)
- Anna Diop as Isabel, a teacher engaged to Greenleaf Estate's manager, Noah Kendall (Season 1)
- Bill Cobbs as Henry McCready, father of Lady Mae, Mavis, and Mac (Seasons 1–2)
- Michael Rodrick as Ray Fisher, Sophia's father from Arizona.
- Kristin Erickson as Alexa Campbell, the Bishop's Secretary. (Season 1)
- Terri Abney as Faith Greenleaf, Mae and Bishop's late daughter and third-born child, who dies before the first episode.
- Gary Weeks as Adrian Miller
- Jen Harper as Deacon Connie Sykes, Lady Mae's arch-frenemy and longtime member of the Deacon Board with a love/hate relationship toward the Bishop
- Roxzane T. Mims as Darlene, the second secretary whose daughter Vida was one of Mac's rape victims.
- Njema Williams as Pastor Thomas Sneed
- Parnell Damone Marcano as Carlton Cruise Calvary's choir director.
- Karan Kendrick as Wanda, Charity's confidante and assistant in the Ministry of Music. (Seasons 1-2)
- Avis-Marie Barnes as Misty Williams, a deacon board member who often disagrees with Bishop along with her husband, Fred
- L. Warren Young as Fred Williams, a deacon board member who often disagrees with Bishop along with his wife, Misty.
- Carlacia Grant as Danielle Turner, a teenage girl who was one of Mac's rape victims.
- Deji LaRay as David Nelson, a cop who seeks spiritual help at Calvary in the wake of a police-brutality protest against him. He is killed in Season 1 by the brother of the teen he had shot down.
- Xavier Charles as Morris Davis
- Zachary S. Williams as William
- Nidhi Ghildayal as Rajendra Sawh
- Chevonne Hughes as Karine Jackson
- Jason Dirden as Basie Skanks, a pastor of Greenleaf's rival church Triumph who is a thorn in the side of the Bishop
- Roshon Fegan as Isaiah Hambrick, Zora's ex-boyfriend, a rising young Christian singing bad boy from Triumph that is abusive to Zora both verbally and physically, and is a thorn in the side of Sophia
- Sean Dominic as Martin Jabari Johnson, a record producer hired by Charity to produce Calvary's new album and Charity's former love interest.
- William H. Bryant as Aaron Jeffries, a lawyer hired by Cavalry.
- Tim Reid as Lionel Jeffries, Aaron's father and the Bishop's friend, who once shared an intimate past with Lady Mae.
- Antonio J. Bell as Roberto Calloway, Sophia's boyfriend who shares the same religious belief as she and deeply cares for her
- Asia'h Epperson as Tasha Skanks, wife of Basie Skanks and rival of Kerissa and Lady Mae.
- LeToya Luckett as Rochelle Cross/Rochelle James, a member of the Calvary congregation.
- Patti LaBelle as Maxine Patterson, a famous Christian motivational speaker and the CEO of a global Christian self-help empire. She is also an old friend of Lady Mae's from college. (period 3).
- Richard Gant as Percy Lee, the Bishop's old friend from college. He is the owner of a funeral home. (season 3)
- Jacob Gibson as A.J. Delajae, Grace's long-lost son, whom she shares with Noah (seasons 4 and 5)
The first season of Greenleaf has received positive reviews from critics, particularly praised acting performances of series lead actress Merle Dandridge, as well as Lynn Whitfield and also Keith David. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a rating of 79%, based on 18 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10. The site consensus: “Immersed in a unique megachurch setting, Greenleaf is a juicy family soap bolstered by a provocative spirituality.” Metacritic gave season one of the show a score of 68 out of 100, based on 20 critics, indicating “generally favourable reviews”.
Maureen Ryan, television critic for Variety stated “Dandridge is naturalistic in her portrayal of a practical, cautious woman re-examining her family history and her own choices and mistakes, while Whitfield has the imperious aura of a grand soap opera diva in the tradition of Joan Collins.” Daniel Fienberg from The Hollywood Reporter wrote in his review “effectively balance the melodrama, vast ensemble and church details and contribute a level of technical proficiency that goes far beyond what the Tyler Perry Factory brings to The Haves and the Have Nots, OWN's big scripted hit.” The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert compared Greenleaf with primetime soaps like Revenge and the similarly black-actors Empire.
Greenleaf has received positive reviews from critics, with most praising Dandridge, Whitfield as well as David's performances. The collection premiere drew 3.04 million viewers, making it the No. 1 series debut in OWN history. On April 21, 2016, the series was renewed for a second season ahead of its television premiere. The second season premiered on March 15, 2017. On August 7, 2017, the series was renewed for a third season. The third season premiered in a two-episode special on August 28 as well as August 29, 2018. On September 19, 2018, the collection was restored for the 4th duration.