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'Greenleaf' Returns for Season 4: What to Expect

Updated on September 2, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about various topics including celebrities and entertainment.


It has been a long time since fans have seen Greenleaf. The finale for Season 3 was on November 21, 2018. OWN's popular series returns to start its fourth season on Tuesday, September 3, 2019. Greenleaf is also streamed on Netflix.

Make a note of the new night. Previous seasons aired on Wednesday nights. Season 4 episodes will air on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m. to avoid having fans rush home from Wednesday night Bible Study to watch the series.

Last season, the series was Wednesday night's #1 original cable series for African-American women. There was an average of over 2 million viewers for the previous three seasons.

About "Greenleaf"

Greenleaf premiered on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on June 21, 2016. Even before the first episode, the series was renewed for a second season on April 21, 2016. The second season began with a two-night premiere on August 15 and August 16, 2017.

The series was renewed for a third season on August 7, 2017, before the start of the second series, The third season began in a two-night premiere on August 28 and August 29, 2018. The finale for Season 3 was on November 21, 2018. The series for its fourth season had already been announced on September 19, 2018. The fourth season of Greenleaf premieres on a new night on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Greenleaf never had to wait for renewals like many other television series. Renewals for the popular show were announced long before the current season ended.

The Greenleaf family members lead a Memphis megachurch. Their professional and personal lives are full of greed, adultery, secrets, lies and other sins among the predominantly African-American cast members. When one of their problems is solved, there are at least two more problems in its place. All the major cast members have something going on with them that is played out on the television screen.


About the Cast of "Greenleaf"

There are a lot of characters in Greenleaf, and most of them are family members, church members, or some who have a relationship with the Greenleaf family or the church.

The series' lead characters are Bishop James Greenleaf, played by Keith David, and Lady Mae Greenleaf, played by Lynn Whitfield. They are the patriarch and matriarch of the Greenleaf family. In previous seasons, they were strong leaders of the Calvary Fellowship World Ministries. However, positions and power have changed over the seasons.

Grace "Gigi" Greenleaf, played by Merle Dandridge, is the oldest and estranged daughter who has returned home after 20 years following the mysterious death of her sister, Faith Greenleaf. Grace discovered that Uncle Mac, played by Gregory Alan Williams, molested her sister and many other young women. He was responsible for Faith's suicide. He was a recurring character only in Seasons 1 and 2.

Lamman Rucker as Pastor Jacob Greenleaf is the only son of the Bishop and Lady Mae. He is the Pastor at the rival Triumph Church and desperately tries to prove his worth to his father, especially after Grace returned. Jacob never wanted to go into ministry. He wanted a career in professional baseball. During Grace's absence, he had to take her place in the church. Kim Hawthorne as Kerissa Greenleaf is Jacob's ambitious and controlling wife. She pushed her husband to have a career in ministry.

Deborah Joy Winans as Charity Greenleaf is the youngest Greenleaf child and also Minister of Music at Calvary Fellowship. She resents that she is often left out of family matters. Like Jacob, she resents her oldest sister for abandoning the family, forcing them to stay home and help her family's church. Also like Jacob, Charity had dreams of another career.

Executive producer Oprah Winfrey joined Greenleaf in a recurring role as Mavis McCready, the sister of Lady Mae Greenleaf and Uncle Mac.

Viewers have not seen Noah Kendall, played by Benjamin Patterson, since Season 1. He was the estate's manager, church security chief and Gigi's ex-boyfriend. He returns in Season 4. Viewers are waiting to see why he is returning.

Desiree Ross as Sophia Greenleaf, Grace's daughter, has grown up a lot and is struggling with her deep religious faith. Lovie Simone as Zora Greenleaf, Kerissa and Jacob's daughter is rebellious. Tye White as Kevin Satterlee, Charity's ex-husband and former director of Outreach at Calvary Fellowship returns.

Rick Fox is Darius Nash, a journalist who helped investigate Mac's case and eventually becomes Grace's new love interest. Will viewers see them taking their relationship to a higher level?

Grace Greenleaf
Grace Greenleaf | Source

Highlights from the First Four Upcoming Episodes

Cast members say the upcoming season will be their best season yet. While the Greenleaf family fights for their church, they must also fight to solve their personal problems.

  1. Harmony and Hope's installation takes place at Calvary. The Greenleaf family puts on a united front. Grace attempts to lead the church's loyalties back to her own family. In the meantime, she receives a mysterious call about a secret that has been buried for a long time.
  2. Grace is uncertain what to do about the secret she has been reminded of. Bishop Greenleaf learns something about a rival which gives him ammunition to possibly win back his wife and his church.
  3. Lady Mae steps in to do damage control while Grace goes missing from the church because of a deep dark secret.
  4. Determined to find out what's going on between Noah and Grace, Charity makes a telephone call.

Viewers might think they have seen enough secrets in the Greenleaf family. However, Season 4 reveals a lot more new secrets that make the other secrets seem very small and insignificant in comparison.

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