Four megachurch pastors will host a new faith-based talk show on FOX this summer, called “The Preachers.”
The show will feature John Gray, an associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas; E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope Macon; Orrick Quick, pastor and founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, North Carolina, and Jamal Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland.
"I think it's an idea whose time has come. In the television landscape, especially with Fox, they gave 'Lucifer' the nighttime show they gave 'Preachers' the daytime show … give us something," Gray told Fox 11.
According to The Christian Post, the show’s executive producer will be Bill Geddie, who was co-creater and executive producer of ABC’s “The View.”
"After 'The View,' I figured I'd never do another panel show, but these preachers knocked me off my feet," said Geddie. "They're not just another set of talking heads yakking about the events of the day; they bring real-world experience as pastors and counselors. They have a unique spiritual take on things, and they're funny as hell ... I mean, heck!"
Smith said the show would tackle topics that the church might not want to talk about.
“Sometimes churches shy away from things that are controversial and we want to play it safe. So on our show, we're gonna keep it real. We're gonna press those topics," he said.
Publication date: May 4, 2016
Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.