Get Ready for FIX MY CHOIR

image011image012PR – Los Angeles, CA — Oxygen Media is coming to the rescue of choirs across the country in the new music series “Fix My Choir,” premiering Wednesday, November 5 at 10 pm ET/PT. In this bold and uplifting series, struggling choirs get some much-needed mentoring from gospel superstar Deitrick Haddon (“Preachers of L.A.”) and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child fame. “Fix My Choir” is part of Oxygen’s rebrand, which launches on Tuesday, October 7th across all platforms, showcasing the network’s new logo and tagline, very real, targeting young, modern women.

“A great choir has the potential to inspire communities and uplift people everywhere,” said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development for Oxygen Media. “Viewers will witness Deitrick and Michelle breathe new life into choirs that have lost their way in ‘Fix My Choir,’ culminating with unforgettable performances that will bring the house down.”

In each episode, Deitrick and Michelle travel to a different hometown to surprise a struggling gospel choir, community choir or other vocal group to help them find perfect harmony-not only in their music, but with each other. Together with an intervention and makeover, the choirs will ultimately have a chance for redemption. Over the course of a week, the mentors dive deep into the members’ lives to tackle the choir’s core issues such as leadership, interpersonal conflicts, artistic direction, and doing whatever it takes to get these choirs back on track with a big sound and newfound confidence. Deitrick and Michelle will take these choirs to the next level of singing, collaboration, and presentation, all in an effort to make the ordinary extraordinary. “The choir represents family, unity and team work,” said Deitrick Haddon. “It’s an honor to be a part of introducing the choir culture to the world with “Fix My Choir.”

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“Preachers of Detroit” Cast Revealed

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Oxygen is expanding the network’s popular franchise and heading to Motown for “Preachers of Detroit,” set to premiere winter 2015.  The series will also focus on powerful themes of faith, family, and friendship as these seven men and women of the cloth share their lives, transformations and triumphs in and out of the pulpit in Detroit, Michigan

The prominent pastors include:
Bishop Charles Ellis
Pastor David Bullock
Evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole
Pastor Don Shelby
Bishop Corletta Vaughn
Bishop-Elect Clarence Langston
Pastor Tim Alden

And ladies and gentlemen we are off to the races! There are still Houston and New York casts to be determined.  It should be noted “Preachers of L.A.” Season one was the most watched freshman series in network history among P25-54, averaging over one million total viewers. The series delivered digital success as well with more full episode streams per week in season than any other Oxygen original series and was a Top 10 most social cable reality program in October and November 2013. On VOD, “Preachers of L.A.” earned over two million transactions.

Produced by L. Plummer Media in association with Relevé Entertainment with Lemuel Plummer, Holly Carter and Chris Costine serving as Executive Producers.

Born Again: BET Bringing Back “Celebration of Gospel”

Tamela-Mann1 (1)The people have spoken and their voices were apparently heard!AlwaysAList.com is happy to report that BET has had a change of heart as it pertains to their annual special “Celebration of Gospel.

After being bombarded with calls to its main phone line and emails to its website, in addition to high-ranking executives at the company being called by many of Gospel’s top tier artists, BET will not move forward with canceling “Celebration of Gospel” even after previously deciding to end the franchise.

On May 1, AlwaysAList.com reported that BET had opted to cancel the yearly special despite its stellar ratings and it being the number one gospel/religious telecast on TV for 14 consecutive years.

Apparently, BET’s previous decision to cancel “COG” was strictly based on the show “not being profitable,” as it was explained by one BET executive who spoke to us anonymously.

“It was simple, the sales team said they couldn’t sell the show because it was a gospel show and without those big sponsorships, the show cost money to produce but didn’t make money for the network,” the source elaborated. “But BET never imagined ending this show would cause the outcry that it received from the viewing public and have decided to see if they can make things work.”

AlwaysAList.com was told several months before the airing of the 2014 “COG” in early April that the special was being cancelled. Things were solidified at BET’s upfront presentation to advertisers in New York when the show was omitted as one of the network’s returning “Mega-Specials.”Candice-Glover

In a follow-up document serviced to the media following the upfronts, the show was nixed from the production lineup as well.

Apparently, BET was overwhelmed by the backlash for cancelling its top-rated salute to gospel.  Privately the network started telling several artists that the show was omitted from the upfront presentation because “it was moved to a new month.” However, the award show special “Black Girls Rock” has also been moved to a new month but was still highlighted for advertisers and the media at the upfronts.

While a concrete date has not been solidified for “COG,” a new production schedule issued to employees late last week has the show slated to tape in September/October 2015.

BET originally taped “COG” each December and aired it in February for Black History Month. In 2012, the show started taping in March so that it could air in April closer to Easter.

With “COG” now scheduled to tentatively tape in late fall next year, it would likely air around Thanksgiving

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Bishop Noel Jones hopes to reach non-religious viewers with ‘Preachers of LA’

noeljonesGet ready, because the church is headed to reality TV in Oxygen’s new series Preachers of L.A.

The show, which premieres Wednesday, gives viewers a never-before-seen look into the lives of six high-profile pastors from Los Angeles. >From pro skateboarder Pastor Jay Haizlip to Grace Jones’ brother Bishop Noel Jones to Bishop Clarence McClendon, who reaches 250 million homes via international broadcast each week, Preachers of L.A. will explore the human side of these ambitious and very powerful men of faith.

During an recent interview, Bishop Jones responded to those that might find a reality show about pastors to be unsettling.

“There’s absolutely no way to function in any capacity as a religious leader of any kind and not have an understanding of what’s secular and you have to bridge the gap,” Bishop Jones said. “I have to somehow find a way to reach people who aren’t going to walk into my assembly. Does it take the risk of people liking and disliking? Of course, that goes with the territory.”

During a scene in episode 1 of Preachers of L.A. the men of the cloth have an argument while at a gathering at the home of cast member Bishop Ron Gibson. Bishop Jones says he thinks “it’s wonderful” that viewers will get a chance to see preachers outside of the church interacting with each other.

“All pastors don’t keep their tempers. Pastors have conflicts with each other,” Bishop Jones confessed. “Some preachers don’t get along with other preachers. That’s just life. It just shows that all of us have something to overcome. I think it’s wonderful.”

When all is said and done Bishop Jones hopes that Preachers of L.A. brings nonreligious viewers to God.

“I hope this helps to bridge the gap and causes them to feel there is something about this group of men that I could listen, I could here. There’s something they have that I would like to embrace and be a part of.”

Tune into Preachers of L.A. tonight Wednesday Oct. 9th at 10/9c on Oxygen.