‘Delilah,’ a New OWN Series From the Creator of ‘Greenleaf’
by Kimberly Singleton
(Consider It Blacklit)
Video clips courtesy of the African American Film Critics Association
Following the hugely successful OWN TV series “Greenleaf,” creator Craig Wright is launching the new dramatic series “Delilah.” Maarha Hill (“Black-ish, ” “How to Get Away With Murder”) plays Delilah Connolly, an attorney who left a large corporate firm to start her own practice. Being in business for herself allows her to spend more time raising her children as a single mother. However, her desire to always fight for the truth and provide help for the underdog proves to be a full-time job with plenty of overtime. Adding to the challenge, she embarks on a wrongful termination case that puts her directly at odds with her best friend Tamara Roberts. Tamara, played by Jill Marie Jones (“Girlfriends”), is the attorney for the company that is opposing Delilah’s client. Of course, the case turns out to be about more than just a wrongful termination.
Delilah is constantly trying to “school” Tamara on her wicked bosses. Tamara is attempting to decipher the truth versus lies from her business associates, while trying to stay on the right path to make partner at her firm.
To handle the workload, Delilah hires Demetria Barnes (Susan Heyward) straight out of law school. Demetria is proving to be highly effective in navigating the legal bureaucracy while fighting with Delilah’s assistant Harper Omereoha (Ozioma Akagha) for office territory.
Outside of the office, Delilah is dealing with a moody teenager, a son who repeatedly comes home late and a young nephew struggling with abandonment issues.
All of the above ingredients cook up some good drama.
The major characters in this series are African American women. Wright makes it clear, that he defers to his diverse staff to make the show authentic to who they are. Little nuggets are dropped, like a Black woman being mistaken for the nanny; the law school graduate obtaining her undergraduate degree at a Historically Black Colleges and Universities school (Howard University, HU…You know!); and a Black woman having to work 10 times harder than her white counterparts and still not getting the promotion she deserves. We’ve all been there.
Along with Craig Wright, Charles Randolph-Wright and Oprah Winfrey are executive producers. The show premieres March 9 on OWN.