the great American preach off
I don’t have cable TV or TiVo. So I’ll have to view it via tape delay or something else. Just found out about a new reality TV show on finding a the next great preacher, triggering haunting memories of preaching class where the prof is in the sound booth providing color commentary while I sweat it out preaching without notes.
From the press release, The Learning Channel features a faith-based reality show in new series, The Messengers:
THE MESSENGERS showcases 10 speakers from a variety of perspectives and their ability to communicate the many dimensions and complexities of some of life’s toughest lessons, addressing issues viewers face in their everyday lives and communities. In the end, THE MESSENGERS is built around a simple but lofty goal: to find America’s next great inspirational speaker.
Over the next 24 hours, the speakers blend their in-field experiences with their own life lessons to create powerful speeches of motivation for a studio audience. After each speech is delivered, a panel comprising of public speaking experts Richard Greene and Bobby Schuller offers valuable commentary and criticism to the participants.
Richard Greene, author of Words That Shook The World, is a speech advisor and public speaking analyst who gives the speakers constructive guidance on their delivery, technique and content development. Bobby Schuller, a pastor at the Crystal Cathedral in Southern California and grandson of Reverend Robert H. Schuller, focuses his guidance on the content and emotional connection the speakers make with the studio audience.
According to the RealityTVWebsite.com photo, there’s even several women preachers in the running.
And from the production company of The Messengers: Original Productions is producing a new television show called “The Messengers” for TLC (The Learning Channel) to begin airing late fall of 2006. We are currently making our way around the country looking for people to come out and audition. We’ve already been to Dallas for two days of incredible filming and we’re now setting our sights on St. Louis and Atlanta. The Official Fan Site will be at www.themessengers.com [not yet live]
[update 6/05/06 from Zahava Zaidoff: “There is an article on Entertainment Weekly, this month, the one with entourage on the front of the 67 tv shows you can’t miss and we have a small write up. page 63.”]
[update 6/07/06] TV.com Show Summary (Premieres July
The Messengers sets out to find America’s next great inspirational speaker. From four casting calls in Dallas, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, six hundred and fifty people will be narrowed down to the top 20 speakers. The final pool will be narrowed down to 10 contestants. In each episode the final 10 contestants will be pushed outside of their comfort zone as they go on field trips to such places as the county morgue or a night out on the streets of L.A. without food or shelter. They must draw on these experiences to craft a 3-minute inspirational presentation. The winner of The Messengers will be awarded a book publishing deal and the chance to host their own television show.
[update 7/5/06] TLC’s Fan Site for The Messengers is live! And, we can see who the participants are: Daneea Badio, Cornelious ‘See’ Flowers, Kent Healy, Iman Mafi, Karen Michael, Floyd Nolan, Angelica Osborne, Robert Rutherford, Darryl Van Leer, Zahava “Z” Zaidoff.