If the end of OWN’s Greenleaf left a void in your entertainment world or TV watching like it did mine, then you’re going to want to get into Delilah, which premieres on the network on March 9 at 9 p.m.
There are a few reasons Delilah might remind you of Greenleaf. The main one is that the shows have the same creator and executive producer, Craig Wright. Oprah Winfrey, who also appeared in Greenleaf, and Charles Randolph-Wright, who directed eight episodes of the mega-church family drama, also serve as executive producers. Another reason is that Delilah also has a headstrong, principled, and religious female character at its center. The new OWN series also explores the dynamics of relationships between women. In addition, both series take place in the South, Charlotte for Delilah and Memphis for Greenleaf.
The official series description is: “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.”
It stars Maahra Hill as Delilah Connolly; Jill Marie Jones as Tamara Roberts; Susan Hayward as Demetria Barnes, Delilah’s ambitious and newly-hired associate; and Ozioma Akagha as Delilah’s extremely optimistic secretary Harper Omereoha.
Delilah is produced by Warner Bros. Television and Harpo Films, and filmed in Charlotte.
I’m really looking forward to a new dramatic series to keep my mind occupied because I’m starting to experience reality TV overload. I’m hoping Delilah reminds me of what I loved about Greenleaf without feeling like a facsimile. But it’s comforting to know that Wright is currently working on a spin-off of Greenleaf for OWN.