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The Oprah Winfrey network, or OWN, is continuing its push into scripted programming with a new drama series about a fictitious scandal-ridden Memphis megachurch, to be produced later this year.

OWN has handed out a straight-to-series order for the series, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Craig Wright, known for writing shows like “Six Feet Under” and “Lost,” will pen the scripts and executive produce along with Winfrey.

Wright is a graduate of the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and a former minister.

Owned by Lionsgate Television, the 13-episode series is scheduled for production this year.

“Greenleaf is the center of the community for the thousands of predominantly African-American members who attend services there,” according to the series description.

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