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OWN announces summer debut date for Greenleaf; TV One cancels Sister’s Circle


Eli Ade

The Oprah Winfrey Network is bring back their mega-church drama Greenleaf earlier than expected.

After a September premiere date for their fourth season, OWN has announced that their Merle Dandridge-led series will now return in June for its fifth season.

According to the network, the new season will pick up where the last season left off. It will center on the Greenleafs’ attempt to get their church back from Bob Whitmore and his Harmony and Hope Ministries. However, in their effort to do so, the families’ “secrets past and present create what could be fatal fractures” in their foundation. 

The NAACP-award winning series also stars Keith DavidLynn WhitfieldKim HawthorneLamman Rucker, and Deborah Joy Winans.

And in other news, TV One has decided to end their Atlanta-based talk show The Sister’s Circle after three seasons, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned.

The series, which launched in 2017, starred media personality Rashan Ali, R&B singer Syleena JohnsonMarried to Medicine cast member Quad Webb and Trina Braxton, who replaced original panelist and comedienne Kiana Dancie in the show’s second season. 

According to The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionThe Sister’s Circle was unable to “grow its audience enough to continue.”

The show, which was created to “empower and inspire African-American women,” included news and conversations on relationships, parenting, fitness, personal finances, the latest trends — all told from the perspective of the show’s hosts. The Sister’s Circle also featured celerity interviews and brought on various experts who weighed in on current issues.

The last episode of Sister’s Circle will air April 24.

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