Video: OWN Releases Official Trailer & Key Art for New Drama “Delilah”





Video: OWN Releases Official Trailer & Key Art for New Drama “Delilah,” Premiering on Tuesday, March 9
Maahra Hill stars as Delilah Connolly, a headstrong, highly principled lawyer living in Charlotte, North Carolina.
[via press release from OWN]
Official Trailer & Key Art for OWN’s “Delilah” to Premiere on Tuesday, March 9 at 9pm ET/PT

OWN released today the official trailer and key art for new drama “Delilah,” from acclaimed “Greenleaf” creator Craig Wright set to premiere on Tuesday, March 9 at 9pm ET/PT. “Delilah” is executive produced by Craig Wright, Charles Randolph-Wright, and Oprah Winfrey. In 2020, “Greenleaf” was the year’s most-watched original cable series with African-American viewers.

Series Description:

Delilah left a demanding white-shoe law firm a decade ago and hung up her own shingle so she could make raising her kids her number one 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 Tamara 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, and there are lives at stake. But Delilah does what she always does – she seeks justice for those who need it most.

Maahra Hill (“Black-ish,” “How to Get Away With Murder”) stars as Delilah Connolly, a headstrong, highly principled lawyer living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Delilah’s doing her best to raise two kids alone and keep her ties to family, friends and faith strong, all the while ceaselessly seeking justice for those who need it most, in a time when the rich and powerful of Charlotte and beyond will do anything to stop her. Jill Marie Jones (“Girlfriends”) appears as Tamara Roberts, Delilah’s confidante and best friend; Susan Heyward (“Orange is the New Black”), portrays Demetria Barnes, Delilah’s newly hired, fearless, and ambitious associate; and Ozioma Akagha (Marvel’s “Runaways”), plays Delilah’s unfailingly sunny secretary, Harper Omereoha.

The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films, filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will air on OWN on Tuesday, March 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Executive producers are Craig Wright, Charles Randolph-Wright, and Oprah Winfrey.

In addition to creating and executive producing OWN’s hit drama series “Greenleaf,” Craig Wright is currently developing a spinoff of “Greenleaf” for OWN. Wright served as writer and producer on “Lost” and “Six Feet Under,” and was supervising producer on the long-running series “Brothers and Sisters.” He was Emmy-nominated for his writing on “Six Feet Under,” and received three WGA Award nominations, winning the Dramatic Series award in 2004 for “Lost.” In addition, Wright was executive producer and writer for “Tyrant” and “Rush” and was consulting producer on “United States of Tara.”

Follow “Delilah” on social media at: FB: facebook.com/DelilahonOWN TW: twitter.com/DelilahOWN IG: Instagram.com/delilahOWN



OWN Premieres “OWN Spotlight: Cicely Tyson” Saturday, February 6





OWN Premieres “OWN Spotlight: Cicely Tyson” Saturday, February 6 Featuring Never-Before-Seen Interview with Oprah and Miss Tyson
OWN honors the legacy of the late Miss Tyson with this special conversation captured in 2012 at the taping of “Oprah and The Legendary Cast of Roots 35 Years Later.”
[via press release from OWN]
OWN PREMIERES “OWN SPOTLIGHT: CICELY TYSON” SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6 FEATURING NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN INTERVIEW WITH OPRAH AND MISS TYSON

Los Angeles, CA – In memory of Cicely Tyson, OWN will present “OWN Spotlight: Cicely Tyson” this Saturday, February 6 (10-11 p.m. ET/PT) featuring a never-before-seen intimate conversation with the legendary actress and Oprah Winfrey. The special will also stream on OWN’s Facebook page and discovery+.

OWN honors the legacy of the late Miss Tyson with this special conversation captured in 2012 at the taping of “Oprah and The Legendary Cast of Roots 35 Years Later.” The Emmy and Tony-award-winning actress explains the surprising story of how she found her calling, shares behind-the-scenes history of her most iconic roles and reveals the biggest life lessons she’s learned.

Following Tyson’s passing, Winfrey shared the following in her honor:

“Of all the times and experiences we shared together, this was one of my favorites: The weekend of the Legends Ball in 2005. The idea for the ball originated because I wanted to celebrate HER, and other remarkable Black women who carved a path and built a bridge for me and generations to follow. What a joy to honor her and feel her receive it! I loved her hat so much, she sent it to me afterwards. Cicely decided early on that her work as an actor would be more than a job. She used her career to illuminate the humanity in Black people. The roles she played reflected her values; she never compromised. Her life so fully lived is a testimony to Greatness.”



Video: “Delilah” First Look Trailer – Coming in March





Video: “Delilah” First Look Trailer – Coming in March
The new drama comes from acclaimed “Greenleaf” creator Craig Wright, who serves as executive producer along with Charles Randolph-Wright and Oprah Winfrey.
[via press release from OWN]

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Delilah left a demanding white-shoe law firm a decade ago and hung up her own shingle so she could make raising her kids her number one 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.

Series Description:

Delilah left a demanding white-shoe law firm a decade ago and hung up her own shingle so she could make raising her kids her number one 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 Tamara 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, and there are lives at stake. But Delilah does what she always does – she seeks justice for those who need it most.

Maahra Hill (“Black-ish,” “How to Get Away With Murder”) stars as Delilah Connolly, a headstrong, highly principled lawyer living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Delilah’s doing her best to raise two kids alone and keep her ties to family, friends and faith strong, all the while ceaselessly seeking justice for those who need it most, in a time when the rich and powerful of Charlotte and beyond will do anything to stop her. Jill Marie Jones (“Girlfriends”) appears as Tamara Roberts, Delilah’s confidante and best friend; Susan Heyward (“Orange is the New Black”), portrays Demetria Barnes, Delilah’s newly hired, fearless, and ambitious associate; and Ozioma Akagha (Marvel’s “Runaways”), plays Delilah’s unfailingly sunny secretary, Harper Omereoha.

The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films, filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will air on OWN in March 2021.

In addition to creating and executive producing OWN’s hit drama series “Greenleaf,” Craig Wright is currently developing a spinoff of “Greenleaf” for OWN. In 2020, “Greenleaf” was the year’s most-watched original cable series with African-American viewers. Wright served as writer and producer on “Lost” and “Six Feet Under,” and was supervising producer on the long-running series “Brothers and Sisters.” He was Emmy-nominated for his writing on “Six Feet Under,” and received three WGA Award nominations, winning the Dramatic Series award in 2004 for “Lost.” In addition, Wright was executive producer and writer for “Tyrant” and “Rush” and was consulting producer on “United States of Tara.”

Follow “Delilah” on social media at: FB: facebook.com/DelilahonOWN TW: twitter.com/DelilahOWN IG: Instagram.com/delilahOWN



Oprah Winfrey Network Remembers Cicely Tyson with Re-Airing of “Oprah’s Master Class: Cicely Tyson”





OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Remembers Cicely Tyson with Re-Airing of “Oprah’s Master Class: Cicely Tyson” on Saturday, January 30 and Sunday, January 31
“Ms. Tyson was a rare talent both on and off the screen, one that we at OWN were blessed and honored to work with and be inspired by,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN.
[via press release from OWN]
MEDIA ALERT

OWN: OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK REMEMBERS CICELY TYSON WITH RE-AIRING OF “OPRAH’S MASTER CLASS: CICELY TYSON” ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 AND SUNDAY, JANUARY 31
Los Angeles – In memory of Cicely Tyson, OWN will present a special re-airing of “Oprah’s Master Class: Cicely Tyson” from 2014 to air this Saturday, January 30 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT and Sunday, January 31 at 11:00 a.m. ET/PT.

“Ms. Tyson was a rare talent both on and off the screen, one that we at OWN were blessed and honored to work with and be inspired by,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “We are so grateful for the gifts she gave us with her art, her activism, and her passionate love of life. May she rise in power.”

Following Tyson’s passing, Winfrey shared the following in her honor:

“Of all the times and experiences we shared together, this was one of my favorites: The weekend of the Legends Ball in 2005. The idea for the ball originated because I wanted to celebrate HER, and other remarkable Black women who carved a path and built a bridge for me and generations to follow. What a joy to honor her and feel her receive it! I loved her hat so much, she sent it to me afterwards. Cicely decided early on that her work as an actor would be more than a job. She used her career to illuminate the humanity in Black people. The roles she played reflected her values; she never compromised. Her life so fully lived is a testimony to Greatness.”

Oprah’s Master Class: Cicely Tyson

Original Air Date: August 3, 2014

Multiple award-winning actress Cicely Tyson is a living legend whose standout roles and remarkable dedication to her life’s purpose is reflected in an illustrious career. In this rare, first person account, she looks back at her most valuable life lessons.



OWN Announces Premiere Date for the Special Presentation of OWN Spotlight: “(In)Visible Portraits”





OWN Announces Premiere Date for the Special Presentation of OWN Spotlight: “(In)Visible Portraits” from Thought Leader, Storyteller and Filmmaker Oge Egbuonu
Nearly three years in the making, Oge’s directorial debut is a powerful celebration of Black women sharing their stories of struggle, resilience and beyond.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATE FOR THE SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF OWN SPOTLIGHT: “(IN)VISIBLE PORTRAITS” FROM THOUGHT LEADER, STORYTELLER AND FILMMAKER OGE EGBUONU

Documentary is a Powerful Celebration of Black Women Sharing Their Stories of Struggle and Resilience

LOS ANGELES – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has announced Tuesday, March 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (following “Queen Sugar” at 8 p.m. ET/PT) as the premiere date for the evocative documentary film “OWN Spotlight: (In)Visible Portraits” from thought leader, artist and storyteller Oge Egbuonu. Nearly three years in the making, Oge’s directorial debut (In)Visible Portraits is a powerful celebration of Black women sharing their stories of struggle, resilience and beyond. The documentary shatters the too-often invisible “otherizing” of Black women in America and reclaims the true narrative as told in their own words. The film illuminates the history of how we got here, dismantles the false framework of the present-day reality and celebrates the extraordinary heritage of exceptional Black women who have come before as well as igniting hope for the next generations. IndieWire described the film as “simply another facet of a story that demands to be watched” and Variety says “the documentary’s emotional generosity and mindful elegance impress.” The film is described by Oge as a “love letter to Black women and a reeducation for everyone else.”

The special is executive produced by Oge Egbuonu and Michael Meyer.

About Oge Egbuonu

Oge Egbuonu is a thought leader and artist focused on disruptive and inspirational storytelling. Her documentary “(In)Visible Portraits” was digitally released via Vimeo On Demand on Juneteenth (June 19, 2020), the American holiday celebrating June 19,1865 when the Emancipation Proclamation was finally read to enslaved African Americans in Texas. Prior to creating “(In)Visible Portraits,” Oge produced films like “Loving” (the critically acclaimed film starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga about Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court case which legalized interracial marriage in the United States) and “Eye in the Sky” at the independent production company Raindog Films alongside co-founders Ged Doherty and Academy Award(R)-winning actor Colin Firth. Oge also previously held a seat on the board of the Diversity Committee for the BRIT Awards, where she collaborated on revamping the voting academy and tackling diversity within the music and film industries.

About OWN Spotlight Programming

“OWN Spotlight” presentations tackle issues and concerns facing Black lives. The programs feature candid and in-depth conversations that create real dialogue to inspire systematic change. Previous programs include the two-night special “Where Do We Go From Here?” that simulcast across the Discovery family of networks featuring Oprah and Black thought leaders discussing the current state of racism America; “Oprah and 100 Black Fathers” sharing the urgency of having “the talk” with their children and the dreams they have for the future of their families; “COVID-19: The Deadly Impact on Black America” that investigated the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Black communities; “Oprah At Home with Lupita Nyong’o and Cynthia Erivo,” which examined colorism in Hollywood; “Oprah and Alicia Keys – The Interview” discussing Alicia Keys’ new memoir “More Myself;” “When They See Us Now” featuring Oprah in conversation with award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the cast from the acclaimed series “When They See Us” along with real men formerly known as the Central Park Five; the follow-up documentary from D. Channsin Berry “Dark Girls 2” exploring the prejudices darker-skinned women face around the world; and “They Call Me Dad,” a one-hour special that celebrates Black fatherhood.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.



“Delilah” from Acclaimed “Greenleaf” Creator Craig Wright Announces Additional Cast and Directors





OWN’s New Drama “Delilah” from Acclaimed “Greenleaf” Creator Craig Wright Announces Additional Cast and Directors
The network announced today the addition of 14 new roles plus directors Ayoka Chenzira and Crystle C. Roberson for the upcoming drama.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN’S NEW DRAMA “DELILAH” FROM ACCLAIMED “GREENLEAF” CREATOR CRAIG WRIGHT ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL CAST AND DIRECTORS

New Cast Include Lyriq Bent, Joseph Callender, Michel Curiel, LaMonica Garrett, Nigel Gibbs, Leonard Harmon, Candace B. Harris, Gray Hawks, Joe Holt, Kelly Jacobs, Khalil Johnson, Braelyn Rankins, Saycon Sengbloh, and Amanda Tavarez

Ayoka Chenzira and Crystle C. Roberson Directing

Los Angeles – OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today the addition of fourteen new roles plus directors Ayoka Chenzira and Crystle C. Roberson for new drama “Delilah,” from acclaimed “Greenleaf” creator Craig Wright, who serves as executive producer along with Charles Randolph-Wright and Oprah Winfrey. In 2020, “Greenleaf” was the year’s most-watched original cable series with African-American viewers.

Delilah left a demanding white-shoe law firm a decade ago and hung up her own shingle so she could make raising her kids her number one 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 Tamara 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, and there are lives at stake. But Delilah does what she always does – she seeks justice for those who need it most.

The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films, filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will air on OWN in March 2021.

The new series regulars announced include:

· Kelly Jacobs plays ‘Maia’ – smart, feisty, and creative, Maia is Delilah’s teenage daughter. She’s confident and unafraid to speak her mind or stand up for herself. A talented violinist, Maia plays with the school orchestra, but when she meets Miss Virginia, a renowned former violinist who offers to give Maia free lessons, Maia sets her sights on bigger aspirations, much to Delilah’s dismay. (Series Regular)

· Khalil Johnson plays ‘Dion’ – Dion is Delilah’s nephew, her brother Nate’s son. Dion has not had an easy life and all he wants is some stability and his absent mother’s love. However, the love he’s getting from his aunt is unconditional – and he’s starting to feel at home. (Series Regular)

· Braelyn Rankins (“Faith Under Fire,” “Genius”) plays ‘Marcus’ – a sweet kid, Marcus is Delilah’s son. Energetic, confident and sharp, he is a little annoyed that his five-year-old cousin has been staying at the house – and wonders how long he has to put up with it. Nonetheless, Marcus is a good-natured boy who likes to have a good time. Also perceptive, when he sees his mother is distracted, he knows how to make her smile. (Series Regular)

New recurring cast includes:

· Lyriq Bent (“Four Brothers,” “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Saw”) plays ‘Gordon’ – Delilah’s ex-husband and the father of their kids. Unfortunately, his good looks and charisma have caused him some problems. A professor, he slept with one of his college students, losing his job and his marriage to Delilah as collateral damage. Despite their differences, he and Delilah must work together to coparent the kids they both love. (Recurring)

· Joseph Callender (“Overcomer”) plays ‘Andre’ – a man who has considerable authority over Christine, he’s “visiting” her apartment and claims to be a friend of both Nate and Christine. But the nature of his “friendship” with Christine looks mighty suspicious, especially to Delilah. (Recurring Co-star)

· Michel Curiel (“Sistas,” “The Walking Dead: World Beyond”) plays ‘Jamal’ – Casey’s handsome and single best friend. When Tamara and Casey introduce him to Delilah, he’s very interested and courts her. (Recurring)

· LaMonica Garrett (“Arrow,” “Designated Survivor”) plays ‘Casey’ – tall and handsome, “perfection,” Casey is the Deputy Mayor of Charlotte and considered one of the most eligible men around. Charming, intelligent, professional, he is dating Delilah’s best friend, Tamara Roberts. (Recurring)

· Nigel Gibbs (“Breaking Bad,” “Beautiful Boy”) is cast as ‘Wes’ – the Chief of Police in Charlotte. Delilah’s father, he has a long-strained relationship with his daughter which he is hoping to repair. Wes is also rebuilding a relationship with his son, Nate, Delilah’s younger brother, and Delilah’s not happy about it. (Recurring)

· Leonard Harmon (“Black Boots”) plays ‘Nate’ – Delilah’s warm-hearted younger brother. He is an Army veteran who has been living in the Veteran Affairs Rehab Center after an injury abroad left him paralyzed and using a wheelchair. While he is adjusting to the VA and his new physical condition, his son, Dion, has been left in Delilah’s care. (Guest Recurring)

· Candace B. Harris (“The Single Life,” “Valor”) plays ‘Christine’ – Nate’s estranged wife and Dion’s mother. Too much of a wreck to properly care for her son, she has (briefly) entrusted Dion to Delilah’s care — but “brief” is a very elastic word, and this situation is getting tighter and closer to the snapping point with every passing hour — and so is Delilah’s temper. (Guest Recurring)

· Gray Hawks (“Outer Banks”) is cast as ‘Win’ – southern, patrician, he is Tamara’s boss. He likes having her on the team and entrusts her to defuse a challenge the company is facing. If she succeeds, she’ll make partner at his firm. (Guest Recurring)

· Joe Holt (“The Walking Dead: The World Beyond,” “The Punisher”) plays ‘Mace’ – a private investigator, and one of Delilah’s good friends. Smart, sharp-witted, with a fun, easygoing manner, he’s always the reliable friend Delilah can turn to for anything, personal or professional. When Delilah asks for his help on Leah’s case, Mace is intrigued. (Recurring)

· Saycon Sengbloh (“In The Dark,” “Scandal”) plays ‘Leah’ – Leah and Delilah have known each other since college, but have fallen out of touch in the years that have passed. After suddenly and unjustly being let go from her job, Leah decides to reach out to Delilah hoping her old friend will take on her case as her attorney. Leah is a bit rough around the edges, tired, nervous and skittish from the fallout of her firing. (Recurring)

· Amanda Tavarez (“Queen Sugar,” “Cake: The Series”) plays ‘Katya’ – Gordon’s girlfriend, she used to be one of his students, and is ready to take their relationship to the next level by moving in and meeting his kids. (Recurring)

Previously announced cast includes Maahra Hill (“Black-ish,” “How to Get Away With Murder”) starring as Delilah Connolly, a headstrong, highly principled lawyer living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Delilah’s doing her best to raise two kids alone and keep her ties to family, friends and faith strong, all the while ceaselessly seeking justice for those who need it most, in a time when the rich and powerful of Charlotte and beyond will do anything to stop her. Jill Marie Jones (“Girlfriends”) appears as Tamara Roberts, Delilah’s confidante and best friend; Susan Heyward (“Orange is the New Black”), portrays Demetria Barnes, Delilah’s newly hired, fearless, and ambitious associate; and Ozioma Akagha (Marvel’s “Runaways”), plays Delilah’s unfailingly sunny secretary, Harper Omereoha.

Additionally, Ayoka Chenzira (“Queen Sugar,” “Greenleaf,” “Trinkets,” “Alma’s Rainbow”) directed two episodes. Crystle C. Roberson (“Greenleaf,” “American Soul,” “First Christmas,” “Diary of a Future President”) also took on an episode in the eight-episode season. Award-winning directors Charles Randolph-Wright (“Greenleaf”) and Cheryl Dunye (“Queen Sugar,” “David Makes Man”) were previously announced.

· Ayoka Chenzira – Ayoka Chenzira is an award-winning filmmaker and a recognized pioneer in Black independent cinema. Her distinctive body of work spans fiction, documentary, animation, performance, experimental narratives, interactive cinema and television.

She is one of the first African American women to write, produce and direct a 35mm feature film, Alma’s Rainbow (developed at Sundance Institute).

There have been many international retrospectives of Ayoka’s films and several of them are in permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In 2018, Ayoka directed a season three episode of Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, for which she was nominated for a 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Director in Drama. Her animated film, Hair Piece: a film for nappyheaded people, was one of twenty-five films inducted into the 2018 National Film Registry, which preserves films deemed as culturally, historically or aesthetically significant. She received the 2018 BronzeLens Catalyst Award for her pioneering work.

Ayoka’s early films are currently being archived and preserved at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and in 2020 will be rereleased by Milestone Films.

In 2019 Ayoka directed a season four episode of “Greenleaf” for OWN, back-to-back episodes of “Trinkets” for Netflix and later in the year was invited by Ava DuVernay to direct the season four finale of “Queen Sugar.”

Based on her interactive sci-fi fantasy film, HERadventure, Ayoka was invited to be a TEDxAtlanta Speaker where she presented on imagination and diversity in sci-fi/fantasy films.

Black Women Animate and the Cartoon Network honored Ayoka Chenzira in 2020 with the Cultural Innovator Award.

Ayoka is a member of the Director’s Guild of America. She is the Division Chair for the Arts at Spelman College.

· Crystle C. Roberson – Since being honored by Women in Film & Television Atlanta with the Woman to Watch Award in 2008, Crystle has been creating cinematic stories for all who wish to see. Born in Germany and raised in the heart of middle Georgia USA, Crystle fell in love with film as a teenage photographer and continues a life of unique expression through the camera.

Crystle was awarded by HBO, Chase, and Kodak for her short film Next Door’s Next (2009) and has written/directed dozens more indie projects to date – including Private Garden with Idris Elba, The Black Cage with Mykelti Williamson, The End Again with Columbus Short and most recently Black Girls Guide to Fertility with Raney Branch. Crystle is a proud member of Yale University’s Storytellers in Modern Media Program. A 2018 Sony Pictures Diverse Director Program Participant, Crystle is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has directed many episodes of television including the hit series “Greenleaf” on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, “American Soul,” on BET, and “Diary of a Future President” on Disney+. Currently, she is in development of a dramatic series as co-creator and writer at HBO.

In addition to creating and executive producing OWN’s hit drama series “Greenleaf,” Craig Wright is currently developing a spinoff of “Greenleaf” for OWN. Wright served as writer and producer on “Lost” and “Six Feet Under,” and was supervising producer on the long-running series “Brothers and Sisters.” He was Emmy-nominated for his writing on “Six Feet Under,” and received three WGA Award nominations, winning the Dramatic Series award in 2004 for “Lost.” In addition, Wright was executive producer and writer for “Tyrant” and “Rush” and was consulting producer on “United States of Tara.”

“Delilah” is produced for OWN by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films. The executive producers are Craig Wright, Charles Randolph-Wright, and Oprah Winfrey.

Follow “Delilah” on social media at: FB: facebook.com/DelilahonOWN TW: twitter.com/DelilahOWN IG: Instagram.com/delilahOWN

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

About Warner Bros. Television

One of the entertainment industry’s most-respected providers of original primetime programming since its founding in 1955, Warner Bros. Television produces original scripted drama and comedy series for multiple platforms. As of January 2021, Warner Bros. Television is producing more than 70 scripted series for on-demand/streaming services, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the five broadcast networks.



“Behind Every Man” Returns on OWN on January 30





“Behind Every Man” Returns on OWN on January 30 Featuring Lamar Odom/Sabrina Parr, Big Sean/Myra Anderson, Faith Evans/Stevie J, Will & Heather Packer and More
Each episode of “Behind Every Man” follows the unique life-story of a strong Black woman who has supported and strengthened the success and fame of the man in her life.
[via press release from OWN]

We’re excited to announce that OWN’s docuseries, “Behind Every Man” will be returning with new episodes Saturday, January 30 at 10:00PM ET/PT following the return of “Love & Marriage: Huntsville.”

Each episode of “Behind Every Man” follows the unique life-story of a strong Black woman who has supported and strengthened the success and fame of the man in her life. From encouraging girlfriends, to loving wives, and driven mothers, these women were not only determined to see the men in their lives shine, but also found a way to carve a path to their own success in the process.

This season features the story of Sabrina Parr with Lamar Odom, Faith Evans with Stevie J, Big Sean and his mother Myra Anderson, Nick “Swaggy P” Young and Keonna Green as well as Will and Heather Packer.

Catch up on “Behind Every Man” on the Discovery+ app.



OWN Renews Acclaimed Ava DuVernay Drama “Queen Sugar” for Sixth Season Ahead of Season Five Premiere





OWN Renews Acclaimed Ava DuVernay Drama “Queen Sugar” for Sixth Season Ahead of Season Five Premiere
Season five premieres Tuesday, February 16 at 8:00/7:00c on OWN.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN RENEWS ACCLAIMED AVA DuVERNAY DRAMA “QUEEN SUGAR” FOR SIXTH SEASON AHEAD OF SEASON FIVE PREMIERE

Season Five To Premiere Tuesday, February 16 at 8 pm ET/PT on OWN


LOS ANGELES – Ahead of the season five return, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has picked up season six of Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed drama series “Queen Sugar,” to air later in 2021. Season five premieres Tuesday, February 16 at 8 pm ET/PT on OWN. Produced by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television, “Queen Sugar” has been lauded for its powerful portrayal of an African-American family in the Deep South and for DuVernay’s continued hiring of women directors. Season five was helmed entirely by three filmmakers, including producing director Lauren Wolkstein, Lisa France and Cierra Glaude.

During the production stop-down in 2020 due to COVID-19, DuVernay decided to completely revamp the season five storyline to address the very real issues our country was facing through the lens of the beloved Bordelon family and the fictional community of St. Josephine. DuVernay reconceived the character arcs and storylines, writing alongside returning showrunner Anthony Sparks and supervising producer Norman Vance to tackle head-on the COVID-19 pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protest movement that swept the country, and corruption in politics to showcase the specific impact and ramifications these issues have on communities and people of color. Through it all, viewers will see the joy around the pain, and humanity’s ability to persevere and find light in the darkest of times. Led by the talented cast of Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner and Kofi Siriboe, “Queen Sugar’s” storylines continue to delve into important topics such as police brutality, addiction and recovery, and systemic racism, among many others.

“The way Ava creates space to allow these characters to embody real-world experiences is television at its finest and we are proud to continue this ground-breaking series,” said Oprah Winfrey, CEO, OWN. “I hear from so many people that they see themselves in the Bordelon family, and my hope is that through this kind of storytelling the hearts and minds of people are opened for a deeper understanding and empathy of one another.”

“When Ava came to us with the idea to revamp the storyline for the new season after production was halted due to the pandemic, we knew it was the right decision to give our viewers her unique perspective on the very real issues impacting their daily lives and the affect the demand for racial equality has had on the Black community and our society as a whole,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “We are proud to announce today the pickup of the show’s sixth season which will air later this year enabling us to further explore the compelling story of the Bordelon family. We are grateful to Ava, her creative team, the incredible cast and tireless crew for all the hard work they have put into the show.”

“What a joy and an honor to continue the stories of ‘Queen Sugar’ with our partners at OWN and Warner Bros.,” said DuVernay. “On behalf of every producer, editor, costumer, grip, writer, cast member and all departments involved in making this series, we’re delighted to delve into a sixth season and to bring our beautiful audience more of the Bordelon family.”

At the outset of production, beginning with production of the first season, DuVernay established an inclusive initiative to hire an all-female directorial team. Since its debut in September 2016, 37 women have directed episodes of “Queen Sugar,” 34 of whom made their television directorial debut on the series.

“Queen Sugar” was recently recognized by the Television Academy Honors for its powerful portrayal of an African-American family in the Deep South that sheds light on complex issues and challenges facing our society. The series has additionally been awarded the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series, and for three consecutive years was named Best TV Show Drama by the African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) and nominated as Television Show of the Year by the American Black Film Festival (ABFF). “Queen Sugar” has averaged over two million total viewers throughout its series run. During its most-recent season (6/12-9/11/19), “Queen Sugar” placed among the top 3 scripted series across broadcast and cable with African-American Women, households and total viewers.

The first four seasons of “Queen Sugar” are available to stream exclusively on Hulu, making it possible for viewers to catch up on all past episodes.

About “Queen Sugar” Season Five

From award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (16-time Emmy nominated “When They See Us” and romance anthology series “Cherish the Day” for OWN), the contemporary drama “Queen Sugar” features the Bordelon family who are fighting to save their family farm to preserve their father’s legacy while navigating their own personal journeys. In season five, Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) remains thick in the battle with the Landry family as she uses the system of local government to protect the community and the farmers who own land, while coming to terms with her son Micah (Nicholas Ashe) as he navigates his freshman year at Xavier University, an HBCU. Nova (Rutina Wesley) launches her new website to support the community while moving out of the Ninth Ward and settles into her romantic relationship with Calvin (Greg Vaughn). Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) works to manage fatherhood with son Blue (Ethan Hutchison) and a healthy path forward with girlfriend Darla (Bianca Lawson) despite constant threats to his land and home.

The expansive cast also includes Tina Lifford as the siblings’ free-spirited Aunt Violet, who manages her expanding pie shop while navigating her Lupus diagnosis; Omar J. Dorsey as Violet’s husband Hollywood Desonier, who wants to create a safe space for Black men to come together and talk about their emotional challenges; and Henry G. Sanders as Prosper Denton, a farmer and longtime friend of the late Bordelon family patriarch, Ernest. Recurring guest star Timon Kyle Durrett portrays Charley’s estranged husband and pro basketball player Davis West.

“Queen Sugar” is produced for OWN by ARRAY Filmworks and Harpo Films in association with Warner Bros. Television. The season five executive producers are Ava DuVernay, Oprah Winfrey, Paul Garnes and Anthony Sparks. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes the award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime, anywhere on WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.

About Warner Bros. Television

One of the entertainment industry’s most-respected providers of original primetime programming since its founding in 1955, Warner Bros. Television produces original scripted drama and comedy series for multiple platforms. As of January 2021, Warner Bros. Television is producing more than 70 scripted series for on-demand/streaming services, premium/pay and basic cable channels, and the five broadcast networks.

About ARRAY

Founded in 2011 by filmmaker Ava DuVernay, ARRAY is a multi-platform arts and social impact collective dedicated to narrative change. The organization catalyzes its work through a quartet of mission-driven entities: the film distribution arm ARRAY Releasing, the content company ARRAY Filmworks, the programming and production hub ARRAY Creative Campus and the non-profit group ARRAY Alliance. www.arraynow.com



OWN’s Long Running Tyler Perry Drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” Will Conclude with Its Eighth Season





OWN’s Long Running Tyler Perry Drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” Will Conclude with Its Eighth Season
The network’s first scripted drama, which had its original series debut in May 2013, follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer and Harrington families and the hired help who work for them in their opulent mansions.
[via press release from OWN]
OWN’S LONG RUNNING TYLER PERRY DRAMA “THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS” WILL CONCLUDE WITH ITS EIGHTH SEASON

New Episodes to Premiere in May

Los Angeles – After eight explosive years and 196 jaw-dropping episodes, OWN’s long running Tyler Perry drama “The Haves and the Have Nots” will be concluding at the end of its current eighth season returning with new episodes this May.

The network’s first scripted drama, which had its original series debut in May 2013, follows the complicated dynamic between the rich and powerful Cryer and Harrington families and the hired help who work for them in their opulent mansions. The series stars John Schneider, Tika Sumpter, Angela Robinson, Renee Lawless, Crystal Fox, Peter Parros, Tyler Lepley, Gavin Houston, Aaron O’Connell, Brett Davis and Brock Yurich.

Over the course of the series run, “The Haves and the Have Nots” averaged nearly 3 million viewers and always ranked among the Top 2 scripted cable series among African American women and total viewers during all seven seasons.

In the dramatic final eight episodes with a finale no one will see coming, the wealthy residents of Savannah, Georgia are involved in a true-to-life Greek tragedy as Judge Jim Cryer (John Schneider) and his rich friends find out what happens when personal flaws go unchecked. Karma has not been kind to the elite one percenters.

“‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ was the first scripted drama we aired on OWN, and to say it took off from the first day it hit the air is an understatement,” said Oprah Winfrey. “It’s all due to one man’s creativity and very vivid imagination, a man I refer to as my ‘big little brother,’ Tyler Perry. I thank Tyler, the incredible cast, the tireless crew and every single viewer who watched with bated breath each week and tweeted along with us these past eight years. I will be watching alongside you all during this final season.”

“We are so grateful to Tyler Perry, the amazing cast and everyone at Tyler Perry Studios for eight incredible years of making ‘The Haves and the Have Nots’ one of the biggest hits on cable television of the last decade,” said Tina Perry, president, OWN. “The series will forever hold its place in history as the network’s first ever scripted drama for which we are so proud. We can’t wait for fans to see the juicy storylines Tyler has planned for the final episodes.”

“The Haves and the Have Nots” is produced for OWN by Tyler Perry Studios and created, written and executive produced by Tyler Perry.

About Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler Perry Studios is a state-of-the-art film and television production facility founded in 2006 by actor, producer, filmmaker, playwright and philanthropist Tyler Perry. Located in Atlanta, Georgia on the historic grounds of the former Fort McPherson army base, the new 330-acre campus is one of the largest production studios in the country. It boasts a variety of shooting locations including 40 buildings on the national register of historic places, 12 purpose-built sound stages, 200 acres of green space, and an expansive backlot.

About OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network is the first and only network named for, and inspired by, a single iconic leader. Oprah Winfrey’s heart and creative instincts inform the brand and the magnetism of the channel. OWN is a leading destination for a premium scripted and unscripted programming from today’s most innovative storytellers. OWN connects with its audience wherever they are, inspiring conversation among a global community of like-minded viewers on social media and beyond. Launched on January 1, 2011, OWN is a joint venture between Harpo, Inc. and Discovery, Inc. The venture also includes award-winning digital platform Oprah.com. Access OWN anytime on http://WatchOWN.tv or across mobile devices and connected TVs.



Video: First Look Trailer – “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” Returns to OWN on Saturday, January 30





Video: First Look Trailer – “Love & Marriage: Huntsville” Returns to OWN on Saturday, January 30 at 9/8c
The series follows three power couples and longtime friends in Huntsville, Alabama as they balance real-life challenges in marriage, friendship and business.
[via press release from OWN]

OWN’s hit reality series LOVE & MARRIAGE: HUNTSVILLE returns with new episodes starting Saturday, January 30 at 9/8c.

“Love & Marriage: Huntsville” follows three power couples and longtime friends Melody & Martell Holt, LaTisha & Marsau Scott and Kimmi & Maurice Scott in Huntsville, Alabama as they balance real-life challenges in marriage, friendship and business. Season 2 picks up with the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. While Marsau and Latisha have grown closer during quarantine, LaTisha’s relationship with her sister-in-law Kimmi is falling apart. While Kimmi is busy on the front lines of the pandemic as a nurse, she butts heads with Maurice when it comes to her son Jaylin, who has recently graduated from college and is having trouble choosing his next step in life. As for Melody and Martell, despite their four children, they have recently separated amid rumors that Martell’s mistress is pregnant. As the Holts’ marriage dissolves, Melody’s career is soaring while Martell struggles to keep things afloat.

Catch up on Season 1 and Season 2 of Love & Marriage: Huntsville through the Discovery+ app.