Reality Rapture: Is “Preachers of L.A.” Taking A Turn For Good?
Is the “Preachers of L.A.” taking a turn for the better? All five pastors – Noel Jones, Clarence McClendon, Jay Haizlip, Wayne Chaney and Ron Gibson – as well as Gospel singer/former pastor Deitrick Haddon, return for season two.
When “Preachers of L.A.” premiered on Oxygen last fall, the show was marred with backlash from the Christian community outraged because the show appeared to play up every negative stereotype associated with preachers, mega-churches and faith leaders.
Trailers and clips for the series debut negligently emphasized ostentatious wealth and some of the pastor’s fascinating with purchasing cars, fancy clothes and other high-end purchases. Those visuals caused shows like ABC’s “Nightline” to criticize the series, as well as had folks like Bishop T.D. Jakes and Kirk Franklin speaking out against the show.
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Even AlwaysAList.com ran a commentary on the reality show and explaining the trouble with men in ministry being depicted in this nature.
But mid-way through the show’s season, the production focus changed in some ways and the series seemed to highlight more of the ministry activity of the cast, and dealt with less of the trivial materialism.
In this new trailer for the second season, it appears that the sophomore season of the show may be centered more on ministry.
Will you watch when the show returns on Oxygen on Aug. 20 at 10pm?