OWN Sets Premiere for ‘David Makes Man’ Starring Akili McDowell, Phylicia Rashad

David Makes Man (Credit: OWN)

David Makes Man, a highly-anticipated new drama series from Tarell Alvin McCraney and Warner Horizon Scripted Television, is set to premiere August 14 on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, the cable net announced Wednesday.

Inspired by McCraney’s impoverished upbringing in South Florida, the series centers on 14-year-old David, who lives in the projects and is haunted by the death of his closest friend.

Newcomer Akili McDowell plays David and Phylicia Rashad co-stars as the demanding teacher who takes an interest in the teen’s success. David must choose between the streets that raised him or the higher education that can offer him a way out.

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Oprah Winfrey and Michael B. Jordan serve as executive producers along with McCraney. Mike Kelley and Melissa Loy additionally are executive producers under their Page Fright production banner. Dee Harris-Lawrence is showrunner.

McCraney shared an Academy Award with Barry Jenkins for writing the 2016 drama Moonlight. He was nominated for a Tony Award this year for his Broadway production, Choir Boy.

OWN unveiled the trailer for David Makes Man at the Sundance Film Festival in January.

The series will premiere at 10 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, after Queen Sugar on  OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Watch the official trailer below.