OWN has announced the first cast members for its upcoming family drama series, The Kings of Napa. Ebonée Noel, Rance Nix, Karen LeBlanc and Yaani King Mondschein have been tapped to star.
The series is from Janine Sherman Barrois and Warner Bros. Television. Sherman Barrois created the series and will serve as showrunner. She executive produces with Michelle Listenbee Brown and Oprah Winfrey. Oscar-winner Matthew A. Cherry is directing the first two episodes.
The logline: The Kings of Napa is focused on a gorgeous and picturesque Napa Valley, California vineyard owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and status lands them on the pages of design magazines and society pages. The wine business has brought the family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch’s sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reigns to the kingdom — to their own power, wealth, and legacy.
Noel will play the role of August King, "the middle King sibling and the family’s brilliant marketing whiz. She is passionate about wine and always looking for new ways to expand the business."
Nix is Dana King, "August’s older brother and the savvy CFO of the winery. He and August often butt heads when it comes to the family business."
LeBlanc is Vanessa King, the matriarch of the King family. "Vanessa is a former news reporter who gave up her career to help run the winery in Napa. She and her husband Reginald seemingly had a picture-perfect marriage — until she discovered things about his past."
King Mondschein plays the role of Bridgette Peele, "August’s cousin and right hand who works as the vineyard manager for King Estate Wines. When secrets threaten to change the family forever, her life turns upside down."