“Preachers of LA” spinoff and “The Wilkersons,” following the “Kimye” wedding officiant, highlight the network’s push for a younger modern female audience
Oxygen has greenlit five new unscripted series under its “Very Real” rebrand targeting young, modern women. The network’s new slate is led by “Preachers of Detroit,” a spinoff of the network’s “Preachers of LA” franchise, and original reality series “The Investment Club,” “The Prancing Elite Project,” “The Wilkersons” and “Finding My Father.”
“Oxygen is committed to delivering more authentic originals geared to young, multicultural women,” said newly-promoted executive vice president of original programming and development Rod Aissa. “These vibrant series reinforce the network’s new programming direction as we continue to shape the future of Oxygen.”
“Preachers of Detroit” will premiere Winter 2015 and feature the professional and personal lives of seven preachers in Detroit, Michigan. The Los Angeles edition, which gives viewers a candid look into the lives of mega-pastors in Southern California, has been a ratings hit for Oxygen, averaging more than one million viewers and becoming the most-watched freshman series in the network’s history among the 25-54 demographic. The network also has plans to develop New York, Atlanta and Dallas editions of the show.
“The Wilkersons” is a similarly faith-themed reality series, following Rich Wilkerson, who rose to fame after being revealed as the pastor who married Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. The series is executive produced by “E! News” co-hosts Guliana Rancic and Jason Kennedy.
“Rich is much more than a pastor who officiated the wedding of the year, he is at the forefront of a movement of people who seek answers in a complicated world and want to live their life in the best possible way,” Rancic told TheWrap.
“From the moment I met Rich, I realized he was incredibly special and had a way of inspiring people to do good and be good,” she continued. “He and his wife, DawnCheré, a pastor herself, devote their lives to bettering others while balancing their own marriage, which is something viewers will definitely relate to. This series isn’t about religion, it’s about hope, faith, compassion and love. As people will quickly learn, this isn’t a show, it’s a movement.”
Oxygen will debut its rebranding on Tuesday, Oct. 7.
Pastors on “Preachers of Detroit” to include Bishop Charles Ellis, Pastor David Bullock, Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole, Pastor Don Shelby, Bishop Corletta Vaughn, Bishop-Elect Clarence Langston, and Pastor Tim Alden.
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SOURCE: The Wrap
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