Kathleen McGhee-Anderson has officially joined the second season of OWN’s hit series Greenleaf.  McGhee-Anderson will join Greenleaf executive producers Craig Wright (Lost, Six Feet Under), Oprah Winfrey (Selma) and Clement Virgo (The Book of Negroes) for Season 2, which starts production in the fall.

Last week, the series set a network pulled in 2.3 million total viewers and a 1.79 rating in the women 25-54 demo. The episode was the most watched since the series’ record-setting premiere.  Greenleaf is currently summer’s No. 1 new cable series among women and total viewers.

Greenleaf follows the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family with scandalous secrets and lies, and their massive Memphis megachurch with predominantly African-American members.   This series will take viewers into the world of the powerful Greenleaf family where lies are abundand and centers on the journey of estranged daughter and disillusioned preacher Grace Greenleaf (Merle Dandridge) who has returned home after 20 years on the occasion of the mysterious death of her sister, Faith. As she reenters the world of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, the Memphis megachurch run by her powerful parents Bishop James Greenleaf (Keith David) and Lady Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield), it becomes evident that things are not as virtuous as they seem and that the family’s outward display of faith hides sin and misdeeds.

McGhee-Anderson’s career in film and television spans over two decades.  She is one of the first Black women to work in a television writing room.  She has written for countless shows, including Little House on the Prairie, The Cosby Show, Touched by an Angel, and most recently served as an Executive Producer for the Freeform series Lincoln Heights, and also served as a Consulting Producer on The Fosters.

Check out the below interview where McGhee-Anderson discusses how she started her long career in film and television.  Her story is beyond fascinating!

Citizen Jane Film Series: Kathleen McGhee-Anderson with Learn to Speak Your Truth from Kirsten Izzett on Vimeo.

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