‘The Preachers’ To Get Test On Fox Stations

The new daily panel talk show with four ministers from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution will be executive produced by Bill Geddie, the co-creator and longtime former executive producer of The View. The three-week summer run on select Fox-owned stations debuts July 11.

Fox Television Stations and Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) will debut a three-week daily preview of The Preachers, a panel talk show 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 … [offering] uplifting inspiration and actionable motivation,” according to WBDTD.

The series will premiere July 11 on Fox O&Os in WNYW New York and KTTV Los Angeles, with additional stations and markets to be announced in the future. The announcement was made jointly today by Frank Cicha, SVP of programming, Fox Television Stations, and Ken Werner, president, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. 

The Preachers will be executive produced by Emmy-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!”

Frank Cicha, SVP of programming, Fox Television Stations, said: “Our last preview with a preacher went so well, doing one with four seemed like a no-brainer.”

The Preachers will be hosted by:

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John Gray, a 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, N.C., an 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 is described by WBDTD as “a fun and energetic hour with moments of true inspiration.”

“We are thrilled to continue our ongoing relationship with Fox,” said Werner. “This latest endeavor features new faces and fresh voices with a unique point of view that is currently not on TV.”


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