Want an early taste of the personalities, chemistry and shenanigans of the four men chosen for FOX’s new talk show, “The Preachers”?
The daytime program, which officially debuts July 11, 2016 is promoting its upcoming test run with new promotional teasers.
“We’re here to talk it out. Let’s come together and change the world,” says E. Dewey Smith of The House of Hope Atlanta and Macon in one of the 20-second clips.
He and his co-hosts John Gray of Lakewood Church in Houston, Orrick Quick, of God Seekers Church in High Point, NC, and Dr. Jamal Bryant, of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore are seen wearing their finest, while laughing and clowning around.
At one point, the four men even break out into harmony, showing off their ability to blend their voices, not just in talk, but also in song.
In a second promo clip, on a more serious note, Bryant says, “When your words are heard by millions”—then Quick chimes in—“It’s important to practice what you preach baby.”
Amen to that.
So, what do these guys want you to know about them and their show?
Well, Smith says they are about “being a good partner, being strong for your family,” but also, according to Gray, “We’re not your mama’s preachers!”
The one-hour panel show produced by Telepictures Productions, focuses on pop culture, news events and spirituality—something all four believe is healthy and necessary in this day and age with a growing un-churched demographic.
“I think it’s gonna be great if you consider this is the largest generation of Americans who have faith, but don’t participate in organized religion,” said the Empowerment Temple founder in an interview with FOX LA.
He added, “So to have an opportunity for them to explore faith and talk about contemporary issues is bringing sanctuary in a brown paper bag. So it’s gonna be great.”
“I think contemporary pop culture needs a different perspective,” said staff pastor Gray, who ministers during mid-week services at Osteen’s church. “I don’t think that there’s anything wrong with being inherently spiritual in your foundational worldview, but it is not the sum total of who were are.”
Executive produced by former The View co-creator and EP Bill Geddie, The Preachers begins its three-week daily preview on Fox-owned TV stations in New York and Los Angeles beginning July 11. Other stations and markets have yet to be announced.
SOURCE: EEW Magazine – Evelyn White