Commentary by Dr. Whitesel (6/27/16): My Doctor of Ministry students and I enjoyed an anointed time time of fellowship as well as tremendous hospitality at House of Hope Church (also known as Greater Travelers Rest Church) in Atlanta Georgia last weekend. The pastor, Dr. E. Dewey Smith invited me and one of our students to greet the megachurch audience. Dr. Smith and I have had a great friendship and he shared that he will be participating in a new Fox TV discussion show similar to The View. Called “The Preachers” here’s a clip to introduce you as God expands the ministry of House of Hope Church.
Here is the press release:
FOX TELEVISION STATIONS AND WARNER BROS. DOMESTIC TELEVISION
DISTRIBUTION PARTNER FOR SUMMER PREVIEW OF
“THE PREACHERS,” FROM TELEPICTURES
Co-Creator and Longtime Former Executive Producer of “The View”
Bill Geddie to Helm Preview Which Debuts July 11
May 2, 2016 – Los Angeles – Daytime TV is about to get uplifted this summer. FOX Television Stations and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution will debut a three-week daily preview of “The Preachers,” an all-new take on the popular panel talk show format from Telepictures Productions that features four dynamic and outspoken preachers who are known for their electrifying and unique takes on pop culture, news events and spirituality. The series will premiere July 11 on FOX-owned stations in New York and Los Angeles, with additional select stations and markets to be announced in the future. The announcement was made jointly today by Frank Cicha, Senior Vice President of Programming, FOX Television Stations, and Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
“The Preachers” will be executive produced by Emmy® Award winner Bill Geddie, marking the return to daytime TV for the co-creator and longtime executive producer of “The View” for 17 seasons. Jeff Gaspin and Andrew Glassman will also serve as executive producers. The show will be produced by Telepictures.
“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!”
“The Preachers” will be hosted by:
· John Gray, a gifted musician and Associate Pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, under the leadership of Pastor Joel Osteen;
· Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr., Senior Pastor/Teacher at The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope Macon (GA), whose television broadcasts and media ministries are viewed by millions around the world;
· Orrick Quick, Pastor and Founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, NC, a passionate advocate of outreach ministry to serve his community;
· Dr. Jamal Bryant, Pastor and Founder of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, known for his vocal and empowering stance on political and socio-economic issues.
The show will be a fun and energetic hour with moments of true inspiration. Collectively, the preachers have counseled thousands of people throughout America. Now it’s their turn to bring usable information, up-lifting inspiration and actionable motivation to television audiences everywhere.
Cicha stated, “Our last preview with a preacher went so well, doing one with four seemed like a no-brainer.”
“We are thrilled to continue our ongoing relationship with FOX. This latest endeavor features new faces and fresh voices with a unique point of view that is currently not on TV,” said Werner.
“Religions vary, but we are all people and we all need hope,” said “The Preachers” co-hosts. “Hope is what we will bring you each and every day on this show, along with the ability to help and empower those in your life.”
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