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OWN Orders Coming-Of-Age Drama Series from ‘Moonlight’s Tarell Alvin McCraney

The Project is Expected to Debut in 2018

OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has greenlit a one-hour coming-of-age drama, still-to-be titled, from “Moonlight” co-writer and executive producer Tarell Alvin McCraney and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, the studio behind the network’s “Queen Sugar. Set in South Florida at the end of Barack Obama’s presidency, the series will follow a 14-year-old prodigy who is grieving the death of his best friend as he struggles to decide whether to stay in his community or leave to pursue a higher education. The storyline is inspired by events in McCraney’s own life.

McCraney is set to co-executive produce with actor Michael B. Jordan (“Creed,” “Fruitvale Station”).

McCraney and director Barry Jenkins won an Academy Award for co-writing “Moonlight,” which was based on McCraney’s semi-autobiographical play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.”

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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