OWN brings back church drama, starts podcast


(OWN) Oprah Winfrey Network has renewed its original drama series, “Greenleaf” and has launched a new podcast version of its “SuperSoul Sunday” series.

“Greenleaf,’’ with Oprah Winfrey as Mavis McCready, and Lynn Whitfield as Lady Mae Greenleaf, returns to OWN on Aug. 15.

“Greenleaf,” from Lionsgate and executive producers Winfrey and Clement Virgo will return for a third season, with the promotion of Rick Fox (journalist Darius Nash) to a series regular.

The second half of season two will return with a two-night premiere on Tuesday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 16 at 10 p.m. and will regularly air on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m.

More Sunday insight
Meanwhile, OWN’s “SuperSoul” franchise is expanding to its first-ever podcast, “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations. “ It debuted Aug. 7 on Apple Podcasts, which can be found at ApplePodcasts.com/OprahSuperSoul.

“Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations” is the podcast version of the three-time Emmy Award-winning television series “SuperSoul Sunday,” which delivers insight and inspiration from renowned thought leaders to awaken viewers to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. Each week, the show features previously aired conversations between Oprah and top thinkers, authors and spiritual luminaries.

“As OWN continues to expand distribution in order to reach our audience ‘wherever and whenever,’ this podcast is a natural extension of Oprah’s ‘SuperSoul’ brand, and a great way for viewers to take ‘SuperSoul’ with them wherever they go,” said Erik Logan, president of OWN.

‘SuperSoul’ schedule
Beginning Aug. 14, the podcast will present one episode per week.

Following is the schedule of Oprah’s featured guests through mid-September.

Aug. 11: Pastor Joel Osteen; life strategist Tony Robbins
Aug. 14: Singer-songwriter India.Arie
Aug. 21: Author Shauna Niequist
Aug. 28: Author Mitch Albom
Sept. 4: Singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette
Sept. 11: Pastor A.R. Bernard



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