OWN will beef up its original scripted dramatic offerings with what reads like a heavy-hitter from Academy Award-winner and acclaimed playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. Counting actor Michael B. Jordan as one of its executive producers, “David Makes Man” centers on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his closest friend and relying on by his hardworking mother to find a way out of poverty, choosing between the streets that raised him or the higher education that may offer him a way out. Set in South Florida, the series is inspired by events in McCraney’s own life, and the impressive roster of actors attached to appear in the series include celebrated veteran stars of stage and screen Phylicia Rashad and Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and young relative newcomers including Akili McDowell and Nathaniel Logan McIntyre. The series will mark the television debut for McCraney, whose play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue” was the inspiration for the 2016 Best Picture Oscar winner “Moonlight.” Expect McCraney to tackle similar themes of black male identity and its interactions with sexual identity with this new drama. — TO

Executive Producers: Denitria Harris-Lawrence, Michael B. Jordan, Mike Kelley, Melissa Loy, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Oprah Winfrey
Stars: Phylicia Rashad, Akili McDowell, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, Isaiah Johnson, Ade Chike Torbert, Jordan Bolger, Cayden K. Williams, Travis Coles, Alana Arenas, Gillian Williams, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Elvis Nolasco, Randy Gonzalez

Tarell Alvin McCraney  Getty Images for GLAAD

Tarell Alvin McCraney

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