The Preachers of L.A. reality show is preparing for season two. Many fans were waiting to hear if Oxygen would pick the controversial show up for a second season; the wait is over. Season one of Preachers of L.A. proved to be a hit among much controversy and criticism; as it stands all six pastors have signed on for the second go round.
The series follows headliner Minister Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Ron Gibson, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Bishop Clarence McClendon and Pastor Wayne Chaney. This reality television show allows viewers a candid and revealing view at the lives surrounding these mega-pastors who have churches in Southern California.
Season one was such a success Oxygen is now casting for new cities such as Dallas, Atlanta, Detroit and New York. Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development for Oxygen Media, Rod Aissa, said this show touched the heart of Oxygen viewers across the globe. Many were captivated by the trials and triumphs of these men of God, their wives and families. Aissa said Oxygen is looking forward to bringing more stories like these to live not only in L.A. but around the country.
The outspoken Haddon said although they received a great deal of criticism during the show’s freshmen season they will not tone it down for season two. He said when the show returns they will be all the way turned up. Haddon said they are already shooting for the next season and it is going to be crazy.
The 40-year-old musician turned preacher said cameras are all over his house right now, filming the ins and outs. Haddon said the comments do not move him because of his position. He has tough skin and can handle people’s opinions. Haddon said it is inevitable, when you are doing what they do there will always be people will talk. It just is what it is.
Haddon made his decision to partake in the controversial reality show clear during the first season. He said he cannot and will not pass up an opportunity to spread the gospel into 100 million homes on a weekly basis. Haddon says he believes that the real key to sharing the gospel and winning souls is the ability to be transparent.
The divorced and remarried minister said people are interested in the culture of the church and its music but too many people are scared to be authentic about who they are and what it is they do. Haddon said it is not about being phony and fake while in the pulpit preaching without sharing your own flaws. The people need to see who we as leaders are, says the famed recording artist.
Haddon said he and his co-stars do not always match the standard of others expectations but that is exactly why he was interested in doing the show. Preachers of L.A. is all about transparency and many times all people fall short when they are human. What better way to be transparent, says Deitrick, than to invite the viewers into the homes and lives of leaders so they can see that it is much more than being in the pulpit. They need to see what life is like on a daily basis.
Haddon is the first to admit he is not perfect. He was highly criticized when he divorced his previous wife and then had a child out-of-wedlock. He says he fell and repented but none of this negates his call to ministry; instead it validates his humanity.
The singer says he hopes the other preachers are ready for the level of ridicule that goes along with being on reality TV. Preachers may have a strong façade but without tough skin they are going to have a difficult time. The criticism does not just come from outside of the church but from other believers and leaders alike.
During season one many recall Bishop T. D. Jakes being very vocal on his stance against the show. Jakes, Senior Pastor of The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, is one of the most influential leaders in America. He called the show junk and went on to condemn the preachers of L.A. cast members for building empires for themselves.
The pastor of Greater Christ Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan also spoke out against the show. Revered James C. Perkins said he does not believe the show is the best representation of the Black church tradition. He feared that people would begin to associate all pastors with the behaviors reflected on the show. Perkins said there are many pastors who are not just serving themselves but are in the business of serving the people.
In the network’s history Preachers of L.A. is Oxygen’s most viewed freshman series. This show averaged over one million total viewers and was the #10 most social cable reality program during October and November 2013.
Many fans were waiting to hear if Oxygen would pick the controversial show up for a second season; the wait is over. Preachers of L.A. cast is currently filming in preparation for season two with all six pastors signed up for the show’s second season.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)