Renowned televangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes new self-titled daytime talk show will premiere on September 12, 2016.
The one-hour series had a test run last summer from Aug. 17 to Sept. 11 on TEGNA stations in Dallas, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Cleveland.
An episode from last summer’s test run that featured an exclusive interview with R&B superstar Angie Stone and her daughter, Diamond Stone, following their physical altercation, went viral and aided in general awareness of the show in markets that did not carry it.
“T.D. Jakes,” is produced by TEGNA Media (formerly known as Gannett Broadcasting) and has cleared only 50% of the country, largely in part to it airing on 30 TEGNA-owned stations. TEGNA did not detail the exact markets for the cities in which they own stations in their announcement.
Additionally, “T.D. Jakes” will also appear on non-TEGNA stations like WCIU (Chicago, IL), WMYD (Detroit, MI), WFTV/WRDQ (Orlando, FL), WMAR (Baltimore, MD), KSAT (San Antonio, TX), WDJT/WMLW (Milwaukee, WI), KGTV (San Diego, CA), among others.
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“It’s a thrill and a great honor to begin this new journey with such powerhouse media partners as TEGNA Media, 44 Blue Productions and enLight Productions. I’m grateful for this exciting opportunity to bring meaningful, thought provoking content to audiences across the country,” said Jakes in a statement.
When The New York Times best-selling author’s show was originally launched last summer, syndication company Debmar-Mercury was involved. Debmar-Mercury, who also distributes “The Wendy Williams Show” and game shows “Family Feud” and “Celebrity Name Game,” are apparently no longer affiliated with Jakes’ talk show. That change explains why TEGNA is taking a grassroots approach to growing the show on its owned-and-operated stations.
This is not the first talk show for Jakes. The 58-year-old preacher previously hosted a weekend talk show for BET called “Mind, Body & Soul” in 2013 that ended mutually due to separate visions with Jakes and the network.
In addition to being pastor of the 30,000-member The Potter’s House church in Dallas, Texas, Jakes has produced films like “Miracles From Heaven,” “Black Nativity,” “Sparkle,” “Jumping the Broom,” “Heaven Is for Real,” “Not Easily Broken” and others.[box_light]READ ALSO: Bishop TD Jakes: Blasts The “Preachers of LA”