LOS ANGELES BASED PASTORS TAPPED FOR NEW REALITY SHOW ON THE OXYGEN CHANNEL
Ok I guess I’ll just be the first one to go ahead and say it. These “faith” based reality shows are getting out of hand and becoming a bit laughable in many cases. But that is not stopping major networks from taking a stab at a potential reality show hit!
Now it is being reported that the Oxygen network is producing a new “docu-series” (fancy term for reality show) following the lives of 6 Southern California based preachers, tentatively titled “Pastors of L.A.”
The cast will include Bishop Noel Jones who is the senior pastor of one of the largest churches in the Los Angeles area, City of Refuge, who also made headlines for being rumored to be the father of “The X-Factor” finalist, Stacy Francis’ baby girl. Other members of the cast will include: Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Bishop Ron M. Gibson, Pastor Wayne Chaney and rounding out the lineup will be award winning Gospel artist and actor, Deitrick Haddon.
Haddon was most recently caught in a firestorm of backlash after announcing the divorce from his wife Damita Haddon and then announcing via FaceBook of his engagement to a much younger woman, who he also fathered a baby girl with.
The upcoming show is being produced by Lemuel Plummer and Holly Carter, who are producers on BET’s current Gospel reality show, “The Sheards.”
The faith based reality craze started when WE tv announced the addition of the top selling, award winning, sister duo, Mary Mary, to their Thursday primetime lineup. Ever since the show became a top rated hit for the network, several other Gospel artists have made poor attempts to follow in their footsteps.
Within the past few years, second-rate trailers have surfaced from Gospel favorites like; Kim Burrell, Marvin Sapp and the Grammy nominated family band Forever Jones, whose reality show debuts this June on Bounce TV.
Lifetime also tried their hand at the Christian TV craze with the now defunct cancelled series “The Sisterhood,” that did everything but show preacher’s wives in a positive light. Following right behind that was “Preacher’s Daughters,” which I’m guessing will share the same fate as its predecessor.
Can we just let this little passing TV fad die?!?! I’m ok with a few of these shows, but when it gets into following pastors, their wives, their kids, grandkids, neighbors, cousins…you get the drift, it starts to feel like one note and you start to question what is the point of all this? Is there really something to be gained from seeing a day in the life of my pastor? Truth be told, I think the majority of people just don’t care that much. And more importantly, I prefer to see my pastor in his element…delivering the word of God from the pulpit!