Oxygen Greenlights Season 2 Of “Preachers of L.A.” And Begins Castings for New Editions

preachlaLos Angeles, CA — While we here at The Belle Report broke the news a few weeks ago, about the return of the Preachers of L.A., we now have a few more new details about the return of the show.

Preachers of L.A. has been picked up for a second season and will air Fall 2014. Returning with Bishop Noel Jones, Minister Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Clarence McClendon, Pastor Jay Haizlip, Pastor Wayne Chaney and Bishop Ron Gibson, “Preachers of L.A.” gives viewers a candid and revealing look at the dynamic lives of these mega-pastors in Southern California. On the heels of the show’s success, the network announced it will begin casting new editions in New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit.

“‘Preachers of L.A.’ touched the heart strings of our Oxygen viewers. They were captivated by the triumphs and tribulations of these men of God and the amazing women and families that stood alongside them.” said Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development for Oxygen Media. “We look forward to bringing more of these compelling stories to life both in LA and around the country.”

“Preachers of L.A.” hit rating milestones by becoming the most watched freshman series in network history among P25-54 and averaging over one million total viewers. Delivering digital success as well, the series averaged more full episode streams per week in season than any other Oxygen original series and was the #10 most social cable reality program in October and November. On VOD, “Preachers of L.A.” earned over two million transactions.

“Preachers of L.A.” is produced by L. Plummer Media in association with Relevé Entertainment, with Lemuel Plummer and Holly Carter serving as Executive Producers.

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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.

‘Preachers of LA’ Trailer Teases with Lavish, Dramatic Lifestyles of Six Mega-Pastors

Fast cars, lavish mansions in swanky neighborhoods, infidelity and angst-filled episodes are on full display in the prosperous lifestyles of six megachurch pastors featured in a trailer for the new reality show, “Preachers of L.A.,” slated for the Oxygen network this fall.

“The Bible says I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. I believe that,” declares Bishop Clarence McClendon, one of the stars of the show in the trailer posted to YouTube on Thursday. ‘Preachers of LA’ Trailer Teases With Lavish, Dramatic Lifestyles of Six Mega-Pastors. McClendon, whose weekly international broadcast reaches some 250 million homes, believes “there is no other kind of Gospel” except the prosperity gospel, according to a release from the Oxygen network.

“P. Diddy, Jay-Z, they’re not the only ones who should be driving Ferraris and living in large houses,” says cast member Bishop Ron Gibson, a former gang member who now ministers to 4,500 people each week at Life Church of God in Christ.

“The Bible says that those of us who sow among us should reap from us, that’s implying that preachers should be taken care of,” says Senior Pastor of The Sanctuary of Huntington Beach Pastor Jay Haizlip, who is also on the show. Cast member Bishop Noel Jones, who was born into extreme poverty in Jamaica, now lives “on a hilltop with a view of the Pacific Ocean, Malibu at his feet, and across the street from the former home of the late L.A. Lakers owner, Jerry Buss,” according to his biographic information shared by Oxygen.

The brother of Grace Jones who pastors a church full of celebrities is getting ready to retire and is looking for a successor to continue his ministry. In the trailer, he tells a woman, “I am a prize” after declaring earlier, “I like being successful.”

“I’m a pastor, but at the end of the day, I’m a man,” declares music minister Dietrich Haddon who shares raw details of relationship failures and fathering a baby out of wedlock. Rounding out the cast is Pastor Wayne Chaney who explains that “being a pastor is very dangerous because you have to be perfect at all times.”

The show, however, doesn’t focus on perfection but the imperfection in the lives of these very famous and very rich ministers. Reactions to the show so far have been a mix of support, suspicion and outrage. “REALITY show, WOW, are you really doing it for the KINGDOM OF GOD, winning soul, and not for yourself, why do you have to front your greed, this let the people know who you really are in JESUS CHRIST,” writes Jaqueline Beam in response to the trailer posted on YouTube.

“Yes JZ, and all the other celebrity you trying to compare yourselves with is not in CHRIST, they are of the world and doing it the WORLD’S way, we as Christ-like, in this world but not of it. What WORLD are you in. I believe in PROSPERITY, but I am not going compromise the WORD OF GOD to get it,” she adds.

“I’m not sure how all this is going to benefit the body of Christ… I just pray that we all don’t end up looking carnal and superficial. This is risky business brothers, be very careful because the field that you have entered is filled with traps and mines and I for one, don’t want to see any of you hurt or the body of Christ,” notes commenter Faith Center.