FAMILY MATTERS: BET LAUNCHING NEW REALITY SHOW WITH KAREN CLARK, KIERRA & J. DREW SHEARD
Rumors circulated that Black Entertainment Television was none too happy about former “Sunday Best” judges Mary Mary’s self-titled reality show landing a deal at WE TV. Now that “Mary Mary” has had a successful debut on WE TV and have been renewed for a second season, it appears BET has found a faith-based family of their own for a reality show.
DaGospelTruth.com can now report that BET has begun production on “The Sheards,” a reality series starring Grammy-winning gospel superstar Karen Clark Sheard, 51, and her children—daughter, gospel powerhouse Kierra Sheard, 25; and son, producer & aspiring R&B singer J. Drew Sheard, 23. It is unclear if Karen’s husband, Pastor John Drew Sheard will play a part in the show.
DaGospelTruth.com first heard rumblings of the show being in development earlier this year but couldn’t confirm it. Now, J. Drew’s recent photo posts on his official Instagram page @JDrewSheard_JDS have substantiated the speculation.
Yesterday, J. Drew posted as the caption for one photo: “Shooting an episode of The Sheards today.” He captioned another image: “filming in NY #majormoves.”
The Sheard family is no strangers to the spotlight, as the matriarch of the family; Karen is one-fourth of the renowned The Clark Sisters with her sisters Dorinda Clark Cole, Jackie Clark and Twinkie Clark. The Clark Sisters are one of gospel’s best-selling groups and have been recognized as being one of the most influential groups in the music industry as a whole.
Despite the family’s squeaky-clean persona for most of their time in the spotlight, The Sheards are not without their family adversity. In 2001, Karen almost died during a complicated surgery and doctors only gave her a two-percent chance of survival after she laid in a coma for more than three weeks.
Stellar Award winner Kierra made headlines after getting engaged to a Detroit-based young pastor. Unfortunately, the wedding was abruptly canceled without explanation. J. Drew, who is signed as a producer to rap star Pharrell Williams’ Star Trak Entertainment, is an unwed father who is rumored to be dealing with some baby mother drama!
There’s been no formal announcement of the show by BET as of yet and a premiere date is undetermined. DaGospelTruth.com will have more details when they become available.
“Mary Mary” and “The Sheards” may not be the only reality shows chronicling the lives of gospel artists. Both Marvin Sapp and Kim Burrell have shot pilots for reality series and have trailers for their shows available online. Neither show has been optioned by a television network yet.
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