OWN has made a straight-to-series order for the drama series Delilah, from Greenleaf creator Craig Wright. He will executive produce with Charles Randolph-Wright and Oprah Winfrey.
Contrary to popular belief, Delilah is not the spinoff of Greenleaf and is a separate show of its own. Official details about the Greenleaf spinoff have yet to be announced.
In Delilah, Maahra Hill 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 will be Tamara Grayson, Delilah’s confidante and best friend; Susan Heyward is Demetria Barnes, Delilah’s newly hired, fearless, and ambitious associate; Ozioma Akagha plays Delilah’s unfailingly sunny secretary, Harper Conant.
The official 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 #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 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. Nevertheless, there are lives at stake. So, Delilah does what she always does – she seeks justice for those who need it most.
Randolph-Wright and Cheryl Dunye will direct the series. Additional directors will be announced at a later date. Dunye is directing the pilot.
“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.”
“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 Craig Wright, creator/executive producer.
The series is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films. It will air on OWN in 2021.
Photos: Provided by OWN and Warner Bros. Television (Nogen Beck/Brooke Mason/Amber J. Williams)