What Greenleaf Means to Oprah

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Greenleaf takes viewers into the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.

Despite the conflict, Oprah—who co-executive produced the show and plays a recurring role—says the family has deeper connection that will always keep them bound together. "The premise of Greenleaf is, it's a mega-church with a family that loves and cares for each other in ways that they don't even know they love and care for each other," Oprah says.

The meaning of Greenleaf, Oprah explains, is universal. "There is a level of dysfunction that brings about a sense of disconnection and sometimes distrust, but at the root of all that is blood," Oprah continues.

"We are connected because we are blood and that has some value and meaning to us. I know that the way you resonate with an audience is to show them themselves on TV. So being able to tell stories through drama now that express for me what I think is the most powerful message of being a human being. That is, is that we all matter."

Tune in for the two-night season premiere at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Tuesday, June 21, and 9 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesday, June 22. The remaining episodes in the 13-episode season will air regularly on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT.