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Oprah Winfrey's 'Greenleaf' deserves high praise, but her network may not receive its full bounty

Oprah Winfrey's 'Greenleaf' deserves high praise, but her network may not receive its full bounty

More than five years after its much-anticipated debut, the Oprah Winfrey Network finally premieres what should have been its flagship show.

“Greenleaf” is an operatic behind-the-scenes account of a daughter’s return to a power-crazed family after she has broken ties with their Memphis megachurch empire. With a talented ensemble and exquisite location work, it’s a solid night-time soap with top notes of consciousness-raising and the added bonus of returning Winfrey to the flat screen (albeit in a co-starring role).

Still, it’s tough not to judge the solid but now-familiar family-secrets series with what it might have been.

Back in 2011,...

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