OWN’s critically-acclaimed drama series, David Makes Man, has been officially renewed for a second season at the network. The series recently earned a nomination for Best Drama Series at the upcoming Critics Choice Awards. Shadow And Act ranked the series No. 3 on our Top 60 shows of the decade list.
David Makes Man is from Moonlight writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, is executive produced by Michael B. Jordan, with Shadow And Act RISING Award winner Lucien Christian in the writers’ room. The cast is toplined by newcomer Akili McDowell in the title role, who stars alongside Phylicia Rashad. The ensemble cast also includes Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, Alana Arenas, Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Jordan Bolger, Cayden K. Williams and Travis Coles. Dee Harris-Lawrence is the showrunner and executive produces alongside McCraney (who wrote the script), Jordan, Oprah Winfrey, Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy. Harris-Lawrence will return as showrunner for the second season.
David Makes Man centers on David (McDowell), a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and is relied on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty. He must choose between the streets that raised him or the education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the lyrical drama, inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, explores the inherent trauma sustained in the fight for survival.
“Tarell McCraney has brought us a gift with this series and masterfully added a beautiful new hue to our palette of dramatic storytelling on OWN. Viewers and television critics alike have embraced David Makes Man and connected to its powerful message. We are honored to partner with the incredible producers and cast as well as our friends at Warner Horizon Scripted Television on a second season,” said OWN president Tina Perry.
McCraney said, “It was an honor when we first started and engaged with OWN to do this project and a blessing, a real gift and show of God’s grace that Ms. Winfrey picked it up for the long haul.”
“Tarell has created an incredibly moving and powerful drama in David Makes Man, and we are so excited that he and Dee will have the opportunity to continue to tell this unique story,” said Warner Bros. Television’s Peter Roth, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul. “We are thankful to OWN and Oprah Winfrey, as well as our producing partners Michael B. Jordan, Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy.”
All of the episodes from the first season will air in a New Year’s Day marathon on the network, beginning at 1 p.m.
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