Oprah Opens Casting Opportunity for New Christian Series


By Michal Ortner

Oprah’s latest OWN television series, “Greenleaf,” a Christian-based drama, is now casting extras for the show .

The show, which is about an African American family who attend and lead a megachurch in the Memphis area and also has some dark hidden secrets, will be filmed in the Atlanta, GA area and is calling for extras of different races and genders. They are seeking a pair of African American twins that are aged 3 to 5, church goers/workers, a bartender, waitresses with experience, choir members, and band members.

CAB CASTINGS, LLC is in charge of placing people into these roles for the show. Applicants are to specifically state what type of role they are seeking. If chosen, workers will be expected to work 10 to 12 hours in a work day. They are expected to be available each day for at least 12 hours.

Compensation for the work day is $64/hr, which will be administered by check in the mail. Time and a half will be provided for those work over 8 hours.

“When I first read the script, I instantly felt an affinity for the characters and loved Craig’s creative vision for a fictional drama on an epic scale,” said Winfrey. “This show is going to be a fun ride and will hopefully have viewers on the edge of their pews week after week.”

“With its singular take on a world rarely seen and fascinating family at its core, ‘Greenleaf’ has all the makings of a highly addictive drama that embodies the kind of provocative, high-quality entertainment we champion at Lionsgate,” said Kevin Beggs, Chairman, Lionsgate Television Group. “We’re thrilled to be working with Oprah and Craig, and proud to be part of OWN’s expansion in scripted programming.”

Writer, Craig Wright, is creating the script which will feature actors such as Merle Dandridge (Grace Greenleaf), Desiree Ross (Sophia), Lamman Rucker (Jacob Greenleaf), Kim Hawthorne (Kerissa Greenleaf), Deborah Joy Winans (Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee) and Tye White (Kevin Satterlee).

“To tell this potentially explosive story with Oprah, a partner who has as much respect and affection for the church as I do, whose entire body of work is infused with what I would call a faith-based humanism, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. A blessing, even,” said Wright.

Extras for the new television show are being chosen CAB Castings, along with producers.