The Preachers: Fox’s new talk show with Megachurch Pastors.
Four megachurch pastors are getting a chance to bring their thoughts, opinions and experiences to a far larger audience when Fox airs its new panel talk show, The Preachers, this summer.
The show will be executive produced by The View co-creator Bill Geddie, and is set for a three-week daily preview beginning July 11 on TV stations owned by Fox in Los Angeles and New York, Deadline reports.
The Fox summer test run has been a successful strategy for Warner Bros. daytime talk shows before. Both Bethenny and The Real achieved national syndication after similar test drives.
The series will be hosted by John Gray, a musician and associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston; Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor and teacher at The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope Macon, GA; Orrick Quick, pastor and founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, NC; and Dr. Jamal Bryant, pastor and founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore.
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Geddie will be joined by executive producers Jeff Gaspin and Andrew Glassman. He thought he was done with panel television after working on The View for 17 years, but the preachers blew him away. “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,” said Geddie.
Frank Cicha, Senior Vice President of Programming for Fox Television Stations, said that running a show with four preachers seemed like a “no-brainer” after the preview with Father Albert went so well.
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution President Ken Werner is all “thrilled” to be working with Fox again. The Preachers, he said, “features new face and fresh voices with a unique point of view that is currently not on TV.”
The Preachers will air on select stations and markets yet to be announced in addition to New York and Los Angeles.