Reality shows feature athletes, athletes wives and girlfriends and famous musicians among their subjects. It was just a matter of time before they got around to pastors, many of whom live the rock star life themselves. We’ve already seen Preacher’s Daughters on Lifetime, and WE Tv’s Mary Mary is about to enter season three. Now Oxygen is getting into religious reality with Preachers of L.A.
It chronicles the lives of Pastor Jay Haizlip, Bishop Ron Gibson, Pastor Wayne Cheney, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Deitrick Haddon and Bishop Noel Jones.
The executive producer is Holly Carter, whose company Relive Entertainment focuses on family and faith-based programming. Among her other projects are BET’s The Sheards and 106 and Gospel.
It will address subjects such as the immense wealth on display at mega churches and why pastors need a security detail. Of course, it wouldn’t be a reality show unless things get personal.
Haddon, in his movie “Blessed and Cursed,” played a young man so devout he stopped being intimate with his own girlfriend. In reality, he had a child out of wedlock and ended up getting divorced. That made it hard to lead the flock, obviously. He’ll talk about his road back and trying to resist the temptations that are everywhere.
The majority of reality shows don’t portray their subjects in the most positive light. Preachers of L.A. already has its critics, who say the program is making light of what should be a holy mission. This is airing on Oxygen, the network that was planning to give us All My Babies’ Mamas.
Christian author Frank Peretti told ABC News the promotional material so far leaves the impression these men are only in it for the money.
In the trailer, Gibson compares himself to Jay Z and P Diddy, and believes pastors have as much right to be role models as rappers do. He thinks it’s important for people to know that piety doesn’t have to equal poverty. His colleagues on the show seem to agree that if you’re a man of the cloth, it’s OK for that cloth to be silk.
I’ve included the trailer. What do you think? Is this show creating conversations about God that wouldn’t be happening otherwise, or will this just become Desperate Pastors?
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