Oprah set to develop drama for HBO

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Oprah Winfrey has linked up with HBO to produce a new television drama for the network.

The Hollywood Reporter says the untitled project is about a wealthy academic who becomes the first black president at a prestigious liberal arts college. As the new career move propels him and his family into the nation’s headlines, they struggle to upkeep the façade of a perfect family, while dealing with personal battles.

Both Winfrey and Harpo Production’s Kate Forte will co-executive produce the series, along with playwright Thomas Bradshaw.

There is no information yet on a potential name for the series or when it will premiere.

The deal between Harpo Productions and HBO to develop movies, documentaries and scripted series was first signed in 2008, after the production company had worked with ABC for many years.

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