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The Spotlight is on Local Religious Leaders in Oxygen’s “Preachers of Detroit”


Detroit’s religious communities are the latest addition to Oxygen’s reality show lineup.

Filming just kicked off for “Preachers of Detroit,” which is planned to premiere in Winter 2015 as a spinoff to the cable network’s highly popular “Preachers of L.A.” series.

According to a statement from Oxygen, “The series will 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 men and women of Detroit’s religious ministry who will be featured in the series include Bishops Charles Ellis and Corletta Vaughn of Greater Grace Temple and Go Tell It Ministry, respectively, and Bishop-elect Clarence Langston of the Word in Action Christian Center, all located in Detroit. Also included are Pastors David Bullock of Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park and Don Shelby of Burning Bush International Ministries in Ypsilanti.

Gospel singer and evangelist Dorinda Clark-Cole from the Grammy-winning Clark Sisters will also appear, along with Pastor Tim Alden, who works at the City of Praise Christian Church in Los Angeles but returns home to Detroit frequently.

“As different as they are, they all have a huge commitment not just to God, but to Detroit,” said Rod Aissa, Oxygen’s new executive vice president of original programming and development.

Members of the reality show’s crew have local ties as well. Lemuel Plummer, the founder and CEO of L. Plummer Media (which produces both “Preachers of Detroit,” and “Preachers of L.A.”) is originally from Detroit. His father, Rev. Glenn Plummer of Redford’s Ambassadors for Christ Church, also has ties to Christian TV in the area.

The show is part of Oxygen’s rebrand to focus on reality shows. “The Wilkersons,” another show in the lineup, will focus on the pastor who officiated the marriage of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Since 30% of brides take 7 to 12 months to plan their weddings, however, it’s likely the show will focus on other aspects of the pastor’s life.

Oxygen has attracted its fair share of controversy for combining religion and reality TV, but “Preachers of L.A.” quickly became Oxygen’s most-watched new series for viewers in the 25-to-54 age demographic.

An exact debut date for “Preachers of Detroit” has not been announced.

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