Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr., Associate Pastor John Gray, Dr. Jamal Bryant and Pastor Orrick Quick will join forces for a new daytime talk show called “The Preachers.”
Produced by Warner Bros. Television/Telepictures Productions and airing on Fox-owned television stations, “The Preachers” will get a three-week summer airing starting July 11.
In an announcement by Warner Bros., the show is described as “an all-new take on the popular panel talk show format that features four dynamic and outspoken preachers who are known for their electrifying and unique takes on pop culture, news events and spirituality.”
Smith is Senior Pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta and The House of Hope Macon, Georgia. A favorite of Bishop T.D. Jakes, Smith’s television broadcasts and media ministries are viewed by millions around the world.
Gray is Associate Pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, under the leadership of Pastor Joel Osteen. He’s also a musician who recently recorded a live concert CD in Houston.
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Pastor Bryant is founder of the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Maryland. A social justice activist with political ambitions, the ex-husband of “Real Housewives of Potomac” star Gizelle Bryant is often considered controversial because of his hip hop references in sermons and social media commentaries.
Pastor Quick is the founder of God Seekers Church in High Point, North Carolina, a ministry known for its community outreach. Quick regularly offers commentary on ministry and social issues on his YouTube channel.
“Religions vary, but we are all people and we all need hope,” said “The Preachers” co-hosts in a collective statement. “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.”
“The Preachers” will be executive produced by the Emmy-winning producer Bill Geddie, who oversaw 17 seasons of the long-running daytime panel show “The View.”
This is the first talk show helmed by Geddie since departing “The View” in 2014 during a network shakeup of the show.
“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!”
As of now, “The Preachers” are only confirmed for their summer run in New York City and Los Angeles. Fox will announce additional markets prior to the July 11 launch date.[box_light]READ ALSO: Brand Extension: Wendy Williams To Host New Fashion Panel Show