OWN’s ‘Greenleaf’ returning for fifth and final season in June

OWN on Sunday confirmed what has been rumored for months: the fifth season of “Greenleaf,” shot last year long before the pandemic, will be its last. 

The drama about a black family running a Memphis megachurch has been a solid performer for OWN, especially among African American women. Over the past four years, it was shot in metro Atlanta and for the first two seasons featured Oprah Winfrey herself in a recurring role. 

OWN produced seasons four and five of “Greenleaf” back to back using Eagle Rock Studios in Norcross as its home base, fueling talk the show was not coming back. 

The final season will start airing in June though OWN did not provide an exact date.

The first four seasons are now available on Netflix.

During season four, the Greenleaf family grappled with its merger with Bob Whitmore’s Harmony and Hope Ministries and the loss of commensurate power. Whitmore, played by Emmy-winning veteran actor Beau Bridges, comes across on the surface as an avuncular spiritual guy, but is a tough businessman at heart.

As season four ended, Grace’s formerly secret son A.J. was giving himself up for a robbery he may or may not have committed and a mysterious man showed up that may explain why. Charity was just rejected by her paramour Phil, Bob’s right-hand man. And Kerissa, who had cheated on her husband Jacob, blackmailed him to stay in the family. 

The trailer OWN released provides no specific plot details on how season five will unfold. 

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