Greenleaf creator Craig Wright just wrapped the church series after five-seasons and already has a straight-to-series commitment for Delilah drama series.
The same Greenleaf creative team, Warner Bros. Television, and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films are on-board for the OWN upcoming series. It stars Maahra Hill in the titular role, Jill Marie Jones, Susan Heyward, and Ozioma Akagha.
Charles Randolph-Wright and Cheryl Dunye to direct the series with Dunye will direct the pilot episode. The drama series centers around Delilah Connolly (Hill), a headstrong, highly principled lawyer in Charlotte, North Carolina who left a demanding white-shoe law firm a decade ago and hung up her own shingle so she could make raising her kids her #1 priority.
Now she takes on cases the big firms ignore and finds herself, more often than not, going head-to-head with the powerful and privileged as she fights for the disenfranchised. In addition to raising her two kids, Maia and Marcus, Delilah also cares for her young nephew Dion; manages her relationship with her frustrating ex; and to top it all off, she’s about to go up against her best friend and confidante Tamara Grayson (Jones) in court for the first time. Delilah has always represented the underdogs. Tamara has always represented the wealthy and powerful. But this case is different: This time, Delilah’s most cherished friendship is on the line. Nevertheless, there are lives at stake. So, Delilah does what she always does – she seeks justice for those who need it most.
Heyward portrays Demetria Barnes, Delilah’s newly hired, fearless, and ambitious associate. Akagha plays Delilah’s unfailingly sunny secretary, Harper Conant.
Wright, Randolph-Wright and Winfrey are executive producing the series. Delilah, produced by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films, will air on OWN in 2021.
“On the heels of the incredible success story of Greenleaf, we are thrilled to continue our partnership with Craig on this compelling new drama,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “Our viewers are going to deeply relate to this story that focuses on a powerful woman committed to her family and her community.”
Wright created and executive produced Greenleaf, and he is currently developing a spinoff of the hit drama for OWN.
“It’s an honor to work for Ms. Winfrey and OWN and to serve the network’s devoted fans. Delilah continues the work we started on Greenleaf, namely, bringing untold stories and fresh perspectives to our audience,” said Wright.