Oxygen Greenlights 'Pastors of L.A.' - New Docu-Series Set to Premiere Fall 2013

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by Tambay A. Obenson
May 13, 2013 4:48 PM
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You may have prevented them from moving ahead with All My Babies Mamas, but the Oxygen network certainly isn't deterred in their reality TV push.

Recently, we've seen new reality TV series on the wives of pastors, as well as on the daughters of pastors, so why not the pastors themselves, right?

I'll be looking out for a new series on the sons of pastors next, bringing it all full circle.

All the details on Pastors of L.A. follow below via press release from Oxygen:

OXYGEN GREENLIGHTS AUTHENTIC NEW DOCU-SERIES "PASTORS OF L.A." SET TO PREMIERE FALL 2013

NEW YORK, NY - May 13, 2013 - Oxygen Media has teamed up with Lemuel Plummer, the creator and executive producer of "Vindicated" and producer of "The Sheards," and Holly Carter, creator and executive producer of "106 & Gospel" and executive producer of "The Sheards," for the network's latest series greenlight, "Pastors of L.A." (working title), an authentic new docu-series set to premiere in the fall of 2013. "Pastors of L.A." will give viewers a candid and revealing look at six boldly different and world renowned mega-pastors in Southern California, who are willing to share diverse aspects of their lives, from their work in the community and with their parishioners to the very large and sometimes provocative lives they lead away from the pulpit.

"'Pastors of L.A.' documents these larger than life characters who are rock stars in their communities, with a fresh, unique perspective that will resonate with our young audience," said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. "By teaming up with Lemuel and Holly who are some of the best creative minds in the business and heavily respected within this community, we can deliver this authentic series with integrity, while also staying right on brand with Oxygen."

"We are delighted to work with Oxygen to develop this groundbreaking series on the extraordinary lives of some of the most prominent pastors in America," said Lemuel Plummer. "I come to this project with a respect and understanding of their world, having grown up as the son of a pastor and religious broadcasters. We intend to portray the human side of these pastors and the real world in which they live and work."

"This show documents a journey of transparency from one man to the next as they endeavor to lead others to their own truth and self-discovery," adds Holly Carter who holds a doctorate of divinity with an emphasis on marketplace ministry and is the daughter of a pastor and an industry veteran in faith and inspirational development and programming. "It's a dose of reality and a pound of redemption coming from a creative team reared in the church."

MEET THE CAST OF "PASTORS OF L.A.":

Bishop Noel Jones (@BishopNoelJones)

A Jamaican born into poverty, Bishop Noel Jones has made his way to the other extreme, now living on a hilltop with a view of the Pacific Ocean, Malibu at his feet, and across the street from the former home of the late L.A. Lakers owner, Jerry Buss. The pastor of a church full of celebrities, and the brother of Grace Jones, Bishop Jones is headed towards retirement and looking for a successor who he can entrust his life's work. But finding the right man is harder than it sounds.

Deitrick Haddon (@DeitrickHaddon)

The son of a bishop and an evangelist, Deitrick was preaching at the age of eleven and conducting the church choir at thirteen. At twenty-three he married the woman he was expected to marry - the lead soprano of the church choir. However, everything didn't continue as perfectly as the church had hoped. Deitrick and his wife got a divorce and the members of the church shunned him. Aside from the call on his life, the one thing that helped him from hitting rock bottom was his music. A dynamic personality, singer, songwriter, and preacher, Deitrick finds himself at an impasse in life. Which road will he choose?

Bishop Clarence McClendon (@BishopMcClendon)

Bishop Clarence McClendon appears throughout the world on his weekly international broadcast, which is available in 250 million homes worldwide. This charismatic and ubiquitous bishop has been noted for his contemporary and relevant approach to the Gospel. He believes the Gospel is not only for the down and out but for the up and out. His ministry spans from skid row to the estates of Bel Air. When challenged about what many have called his prosperity Gospel, Bishop replies, "there is no other kind of Gospel."

Pastor Wayne Chaney

At the age of twenty he got the call from God and has grown to become a prominent pastor of the church his grandfather built. Fast-forward 10 years later, Antioch is the leading church in its community. With an ability to communicate complex truths in a simple way, Pastor Chaney has helped remarkably grow the church, along with the help of his secret weapon, his wife, gospel artist Myeshia Chaney. While Antioch is poised to become the next mega-church with the ability to reach millions worldwide, there's an obstacle in the way and it comes from within Pastor Wayne's own family.

Bishop Ron Gibson

Born in Compton, addicted to drugs before he was a teenager, a leader of the Crips by the time he was sixteen, a robber and a pimp, Bishop Ron Gibson was the least likely person to end up a preacher. He now changes the lives of 4,500 people each week at the Life Church of God in Christ, which he started with only nine people in the congregation. Through it all he's accumulated great wealth, power and purpose. However, there's one thing he and his wife would give it all away for - a child.

Pastor Jay Haizlip (@jayhaizlip)

One of the pioneering greats of competitive skateboarding, Pastor Jay Haizlip, originally from Gadsden, Alabama, collected big trophies, bigger paychecks and high-end sponsors, but fell deep into drugs, and into the crack houses of Huntington Beach and Long Beach, California. Back in the crack houses again, this time he's not there for drugs - he's helping rescue souls for the Kingdom. Serving as Senior Pastor of The Sanctuary of Huntington Beach, Pastor Jay Haizlip reaches out to troubled youth, finding them in prisons, skate parks and the same crack houses he once shot dope in.

"Pastors of L.A." (working title) is produced by L. Plummer Media in association with Relevé Entertainment, with Lemuel Plummer, Holly Carter and Chris Costine serving as Executive Producers.

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10 Comments

  • Gloria | August 6, 2013 12:26 PMReply

    The church needs to stay separate from the world

  • Holy Ghost Filled Believer | May 14, 2013 6:06 PMReply

    This is so disappointing to hear! Can’t anything be left sacred anymore?!? The church is being made a mockery of…someone has to cry loud and spare not! God requires holiness and we must pray this show is not a bunch of flesh on display like the others. Jesus said “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me”. Let’s pray these men of cloth lift Jesus and not self…God will not be mocked. The church cannot afford another controversy. Lord help!

  • Holy Ghost Filled Believer | May 14, 2013 6:09 PM

    Seems like the system didn't like some of the characters in my message so let me repost -

    This is so disappointing to hear! Can’t anything be left sacred anymore?!? The church is being made a mockery of...someone has to cry loud and spare not! God requires holiness and we must pray this show is not a bunch of flesh on display like the others. Jesus said "If I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto me". Let us pray these men of cloth lift Jesus and not self...God will not be mocked. The church cannot afford another controversy. Lord help!

  • Rocket | May 14, 2013 12:32 PMReply

    I'm not sure how I feel about this. I am familiar with Pastor Wayne Chaney. His grandfather built the church and Wayne took over when he passed away. Their church is definitely not a "prosperity" type church. They have done a lot of really good work over the years in and around Long Beach, California. His grandfather was always on the ground in the neighborhood. Wayne picked up where he left off. But some of these other guys? I just wish Pastor Chaney had not put himself (and his church's name) in the company of some of these other pastors.

  • CC | May 14, 2013 1:27 PM

    Bishop replies, "there is no other kind of Gospel than prosperity Gospel, just ask my accountant if you don't believe me" said the Steve Harvey suit wearing pulpit pimp.

    But Rocket, if you say Pastor Wayne Chaney is a good man (who doesn't mingle with Dollar Holla and the boys, can we assume he was duped into signing on, before he read the fine print? I am suggesting that first and foremost, he is gonna get paid. So I am wondering how any of this fits in the word? I mean, it's possible (because we all fall down) Pastor Chaney fell to his temptations. That being money over God. But in his defense, it's possible, as I said, he couldn't see or has no control over the big picture? It's possible the producers told him this show was a perfect way for his message (whatever that is) to reach the people, not a way to exploit ignorance.

    Heck, maybe he didn't know The Mack and Della Reese (Vera from Harlem Nights) were part of the package? But I'm with you, I don't know about this "Soul" train. I don't think this has anything to do with furthering the word nor saving souls. So, from what I am seeing - it's quacking like a duck. So... pimps up and ho's down, see you at Oxygen's strip joint.

  • Miles Ellison | May 13, 2013 8:24 PMReply

    This was better when the Hughes brothers did it in American Pimp. Is Wayne Brady gonna have to choke a bitch?

  • CareyCarey | May 13, 2013 8:13 PMReply

    I am sorry but this should be called Pulpit Pimps In Madam's Ho House: Pimping ain't easy but Oxygen said "Get my money, bitch"

    I am serious, that's a crude title but so is black slavery. But though the storms keep on raging and the winds keep on blowing, there will not be a protest against this gutter bowl. Oh no, All My Babies Mamas was overt pimping and pandering of the lowest form, but this is new game. Well, maybe new to some, but game recognize game and let no one tell you this mess has anything to do with the churches mission. This is bowling and balling for dollars... down low and dirty.

    Damn, I wonder if Holly Carter has felt the blow of a pimp slap? I'm just sayin', it might behoove her to taste this mess before she serves it to others.

  • ALM | May 13, 2013 5:59 PMReply

    Lord, the ratings will be through the roof, if only because at least three of these pastors have been in some major drama. The other three I am not as familiar with.

    I'm sure that the pastors think some good will come of this, but I have a feeling that the show will end up highlighted how messed up "the church" currently is.

  • ALM | May 14, 2013 1:28 PM

    *highlighting

  • donnadara | May 13, 2013 5:14 PMReply

    Jamal Bryant wasn't available? This looks like it's going to be really messy.

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