Oprah Winfrey Network August 2017 Highlights


Radio Facts: GREENLEAFTwo-night midseason premiere Tuesday, August 15 and Wednesday, August 16 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT)*The series will air regularly on Wednesdays (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT)OWN’s original drama series “Greenleaf,” from award-winning writer/producer Craig Wright (“Lost,” “Six Feet Under”) and executive producers Oprah Winfrey (“Selma”) and Clement Virgo (“The Book of Negroes”), 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.

In the series’ second season, the Greenleaf family tree will split at the root as Jacob (Lamman Rucker, “Why Did I Get Married?”) ventures off to begin his new career with long-time rival church Triumph Ministries, breaking faith with his father, Bishop James Greenleaf (Emmy-winner Keith David, “Community”), while his mother, Lady Mae Greenleaf (Golden Globe nominee and Emmy-winner Lynn Whitfield, “The Josephine Baker Story”), struggles with Jacob’s decision to abandon the family.

Meanwhile, after exposing her uncle Mac’s (GregAlan Williams, “The Accountant”) crimes, but failing to bring him to justice, Grace “Gigi” Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge, “The Night Shift”) finds herself intrigued with someone new, Darius Nash (Rick Fox, “Dope”), a local journalist who’s been closely following the ongoing threats plaguing the Greenleaf empire.(P) Tuesday, August 15 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The BearGrace (Merle Dandridge) and Mac’s (GregAlan Williams) showdown sends shockwaves through the family.

Jacob (Lamman Rucker) offers the Bishop (Keith David) an olive branch. Kevin (Tye White) makes a decision that leaves Charity (Deborah Joy Winans) reeling.(P) Wednesday, August 16 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Call Not CompleteJacob (Lamman Rucker) and Kerissa (Kim Hawthorne) establish their new ministry. Charity (Deborah Joy Winans) desperately tries to reach Kevin (Tye White). 

Darius (Rick Fox) gets an offer that may take him out of Memphis, leaving Grace (Merle Dandridge) to wonder where she fits in his life.(P) Wednesday, August 23 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Changing SeasonWhen Sophia (Desiree Ross) and Zora (Lovie Simone) are excluded from the upcoming Debutante Cotillion, Lady Mae (Lynn Whitfield) sets out to make things right.

Grace (Merle Dandridge) is inspired by Basie’s (Jason Dirden) sermon. Charity (Deborah Joy Winans) reaches out to Carlton (guest star Parnell Damone Marcano).(P) Wednesday, August 30 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: House RulesBasie’s (Jason Dirden) sermon regarding inclusivity in the church goes viral, lighting a fire under Grace (Merle Dandridge) and provoking the Bishop’s (Keith David) suspicions.

Kerissa (Kim Hawthorne) pushes Jacob (Lamman Rucker) to get a day job.BLACK LOVESeries premiere Tuesday, August 29 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT)*The series will air regularly on Saturdays (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) beginning September 2Docu-series “Black Love” highlights love stories from the Black community and seeks to answer the question, “What does it take to make a marriage work?” 

“Black Love” pulls back the curtain on how love begins while showing the reality of what life-long love looks like, and offers proof that while it can happen for everyone, it isn’t a cakewalk. The series shares jaw dropping, magical and sometimes cringe-worthy always-true love stories.

Featured couples include actress Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon, actress Meagan Good and husband/producer DeVon Franklin, actress Tia Mowry and husband/actor Cory Hardrict, actor/comedian Flex Alexander and wife/singer Shanice, gospel singer Erica Campbell and husband and music producer Warryn Campbell, and many everyday couples from around the country.

(P) Tuesday, August 29 (10 p.m. ­- 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Where Love Begins As newlyweds, filmmakers Codie and Tommy Oliver interview married couples to explore what makes a marriage work. Celebrity couples include actress Viola Davis and husband Julius Tennon, actress Tia Mowry and husband/actor Cory Hardrict, actress Meagan Good and husband/producer DeVon Franklin, actor/comedian Flex Alexander and wife/singer Shanice, actress Vanessa Bell-Calloway and husband Anthony Calloway, singer Erica Campbell and husband/producer Warryn Campbell, and producer/comedian Chris Spencer and wife Vanessa. The various couples describe the often-imperfect moment they entered each other’s lives. They describe in unique, relatable and surprising detail how their spouse went from being a stranger to their most beloved life partner and confidant.

CONTINUING SERIES(P) Denotes: Premieres(F) Denotes: FinalesQUEEN SUGARWednesdays (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT)From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“13th,” “Selma”) and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, “Queen Sugar” tells the contemporary story of the Bordelon siblings who struggle to move forward with their lives as they strive to honor the legacy of their father following his unexpected passing. Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, “Unforgettable”) relocates to Saint Josephine, Louisiana to help run the family business. As the only black female sugar cane mill owner, she must fight to regain her independence while rebuilding her relationships with her estranged siblings. Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, “Girls Trip”) attempts to transform from a formerly incarcerated single father to a land owner in the eyes of his family as he works to restore his relationship with his son’s mother. Nova (Rutina Wesley, “True Blood”) finds herself torn between her activism and her desire to be loved. Together, they must learn to rely on one another as they navigate their tenuous bonds as family.

(P) Wednesday, August 2 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Freedom’s Plow*Midseason finaleDarla (Bianca Lawson) reaches out to her family to share her big news and Violet’s (Tina Lifford) condition worsens. Nova’s (Rutina Wesley) Zika story causes concern in the community and Micah (Nicholas L. Ashe) finally comes to terms with his emotions. Plus, Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) receives an unexpected visit from her mother (guest star Sharon Lawrence), and the two have an honest conversation about Charley’s upbringing.

THE HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTSTuesdays (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT)
OWN’s hit drama series from prolific producer Tyler Perry starring John Schneider (Jim Cryer) and Tika Sumpter (Candace Young) portrays the ongoing drama between the wealthy Cryer and Harrington families and the poor Young family. This season, things heat up as everyone is tested like never before. As always, revenge will come down like a weight of steel and what goes around will come back around with catastrophic consequences. 

(P) Tuesday, August 1 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Elevator SevenVeronica (Angela Robinson) confronts David (Peter Parros) and Erica (Presilah Nunez) on the elevator about their relationship. (P) Tuesday, August 8 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: A Broken MirrorTime is running out for Jim (John Schneider) to find and protect Warlock (Jon Chaffin).(P) Tuesday, August 15 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Haunted By The SurnameJim (John Schneider) and David (Peter Parros) search for Warlock (Jon Chaffin) who is being pursued by the Malone’s.(P) Tuesday, August 22 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Enemy Called TrustCandace (Tika Sumpter) seeks revenge after a devastating loss.

(P) Tuesday, August 29 (9 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: KateKatheryn (Renee Lawless) and Jim (John Schneider) explode with emotion as Jim pleads with her for retribution.LOVE THY NEIGHBORSaturdays (9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT – Three Episodes Back-to-Back)*Two episodes will air on Saturday, August 12“Love Thy Neighbor” is a half-hour comedy from tyler perry set at The Love Train Diner, a family run restaurant where every day the menu serves up good food, great laughs, valuable life lessons and a whole lot of love. 

The series stars Palmer Williams Jr. (“House of Payne”), Patrice Lovely (“Madea Gets a Job”) Kendra C. Johnson (“Phat Girlz”), Andre Hall (“Goodbye LA”), Jonathan Chase (“Chemistry”) and Darmirra Brunson (“Sunset Junction”).

(P) Saturday, August 5 (9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: A Sweaty PropositionDanny (Andre Hall) and Troy (Leigh-Ann Rose) deal with a personal hygiene problem in their marriage. (P) Saturday, August 5 (9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: It’s Just Dinner Sam’s (Jonathan Chase) confidence is shaken after he prepares dinner for Drew (Darmirra Brunson) and she declines.

(P) Saturday, August 5 (10 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Catching SamSam (Jonathan Chase) and Drew’s (Darmirra Brunson) secret is revealed.(P) Saturday, August 12 (9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Number Five Sixty-SevenDanny (Andre Hall) confronts Sam (Jonathan Chase) and Drew (Darmirra Brunson) about their relationship. (P) Saturday, August 12 (9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: The Same Old SamConvinced that he’s in love with Drew (Darmirra Brunson), Sam (Jonathan Chase) does the unthinkable.(P) Saturday, August 19 (9 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Candles And FlowersSam’s (Jonathan Chase) poorly misguided plan to win Drew’s (Darmirra Brunson) affection backfires.

(P) Saturday, August 19 (9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: One Day SoonHattie (Patrice Lovely), Troy (Leigh-Ann Rose) and Drew (Darmirra Brunson) attempt to babysit. (F) Saturday, August 19 (10 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: True Feelings

Sam (Jonathan Chase) and Drew (Darmirra Brunson) discuss their feelings for one another. OPRAH’S MASTER CLASSTuesday, August 22 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Tyler PerryWednesday, August 23 (11 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET/PT) Episode: Lynn WhitfieldFeaturing unprecedented first-person insight into the brilliant minds of entertainers and public figures we love, respect and admire, “Oprah’s Master Class” tells the stories you’ve never heard from the people you thought you knew best. 

From award-winning musicians and box-office busting actors to groundbreaking leaders, true modern masters share the greatest lessons they’ve learned along the way, including their successes, failures, triumphs, disappointments, and heartbreaks.

This all-new season includes such luminaries as world-famous actor/comedian Kevin Hart, Original King of Comedy and television personality Steve Harvey, civil-rights hero Congressman John Lewis, hip-hop pioneer LL Cool J, R&B legend and the “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight, NBA champion and Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, film and TV mogul Tyler Perry, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Usher, and Emmy-winning actress Lynn Whitfield.(P) Tuesday, August 22 (10 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Tyler PerryA natural entertainer, tyler perry grew up being told he would be somebody.

Despite enduring abuse as a child and years as a struggling playwright, he became a film and TV mogul, crediting God and his mother’s love with guiding him along the way.(P) Wednesday, August 23 (11 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET/PT) Episode: Lynn Whitfield

Emmy-winning actress Lynn Whitfield, star of OWN’s hit drama “Greenleaf,” talks about fighting for her juiciest roles, learning how to be a better mother, coming to terms with aging in the business and finding grace through faith and family.

SUPER SOUL SUNDAYSundays (11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET/PT)“Super Soul Sunday” is the three-time Emmy award-winning series that delivers timely, thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. 

The series features all-new conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality, conscious living and what it means to be alive in today’s world.(P) Sunday, August 20 (11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Shauna Niequist

Oprah Winfrey talks to bestselling author Shauna Niequist about the drive for perfection and the disparity between living the life you believe in versus the life you are actually living.(P) Sunday, August 27 (11 a.m. – 12 p.m. ET/PT) Episode: Mitch Albom

Oprah Winfrey sits down with New York Times bestselling author Mitch Albom to celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the best-selling memoirs of all time, “Tuesdays With Morrie” and to talk about the ways the story continues to be meaningful.


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