As It Happens

Chucks’ Chat – GREENLEAF

Story By Chuck Tackett

What is old is new again. Baby Boomer LGBTQs fondly remember night soap operas such as “Dallas,” “Dynasty,” “Falcon Crest,” etc., back in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The common message one would learn in these nocturnal soap opera series was money didn’t buy happiness. Just like our 1960’s era soap opera “Dark Shadows,” the message was the same. Fast forward to 2017. The real-life monsters are the same as those nocturnal soap operas back then. Different faces of the same type of monster: greedy, rich, unsympathetic, and criminal.

On July 30th, 2015, The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) announced that a new scripted drama called “Greenleaf” was in the making because of the very successful series created by Ava Duverney called ” Queen Sugar.”
“Greenleaf” was created by “Six Feet Under” and “Lost” writer, Craig Wright. Filming of the 1st season started in October 2015 in Atlanta. It ended in March 2016. The show debuted on OWN in a two-night premiere on June 21st, and June 22nd, 2016.

From time to time, I had heard people talk about “Greenleaf,” but during the first month of its premiere, I was on dialysis. I had my kidney transplant on July 13th, 2016. Still, I slept most of the time recuperating from surgery and had pretty much forgotten about it.  Since I am the kind of person who likes to start at the very beginning, whether it is a TV series or movie, I just resigned myself to the fact that I was not going to be able to watch it and moved on. While browsing Netflix to see what I wanted to watch on my laptop, I ran into “Greenleaf.” I was excited because I could start with Season 1 Episode 1.   I just finished completely watching Season 2. Happy binge-watching to me !!!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with “Greenleaf”, it centers around the world of the Greenleaf family who owns a multi-million dollar megachurch, whose members are predominately Black in the city of Memphis. What glitters isn’t always gold. Behind their super bourgeois exterior, is a charade of lies, scandals, deceit, murder, and family secrets they try to keep on the down low, such as incest and homosexuality.  The Greenleaf family will have you clutching your pearls. I guarantee. According to Variety magazine, Season 3 of “Greenleaf” has been approved.
Add “Greenleaf” to your list of binge-watching shows for our upcoming bitter cold snowy nights when one is stuck at home.


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