Nashville, Tennessee — A new reality television show is in the works that features the lives of upscale Southern women that live naughty during the week and act nice on Sunday.
The broadcast, tenatively entitled Divas for Jesus, will be carried by WE, which stands for Women’s Entertainment. According to a summary of the show that was released by the network, the women in the series are interested in more than just spirituality.
“[Divas for Jesus] follows a group of fabulous Christian women whose faith consists of guns, God, gossip and great wine,” the outline explains. “Monday through Saturday, our ensemble cast of glamorous Nashville ladies live upper class lifestyles working and playing hard. Tossing Book Club for Bible Study, these ladies get together every week, and on Sunday they ask for forgiveness and cleanse their fabulous little souls.”
The reality show is being produced by Bischoff Hervey Entertainment, which is known for previously helming several Hulk Hogan broadcasts. The company will be working in association with Carrie Gerlach Cecil, the author of Goodness, Gridiron & Grace: A Modern Day Girl’s Game Plan for A Godly Life.
WE, based in New York City, currently airs a separate reality show with the popular Gospel music duo Mary Mary, which is most known for their song “Shackles.” One episode centers on the arrangement of a bachlorette party for a friend, which featured seductively bare-chested young men who wore only a bow tie around their neck.
“Whoo! Lord, Lord, Lord!” one of the sisters exclaims, as the women attending the party shriek over the men who serve them on a platter. One of the sisters then reaches out to touch the man’s bare skin, stating, “I’m sorry,” while continuing to feel his arm.
“I know people would think at a bachlorette party we write Scriptures and I don’t know — sing praises unto the Lord,” the sisters state. “It’s a bachlorette party. We’re married. Come on, you know what we’re doing.”
In addition to Divas for Jesus, and the existing Mary Mary, WE unveiled six other programs that it currently has in the works.
“We’re extremely excited about our current development slate featuring programs about bold, powerful women who are unapologetic for the way they live their lives. The shows we are developing explore women’s secret temptations, fantasies, and their exciting and fun adventures,” said Lauren Gellert, SVP of original production and development. “Our goal is to create an environment women can call their own — closing the door to the outside world and indulging in some juicy entertainment.”
One of the reality shows is called Bedroom Confidential, where five women allow the cameras to capture their intimate daily lives, including in their bedrooms. Another broadcast, called Shoe Whores, is a dating show where women select their favorite pair of shoes, which comes with a random man that they date for the night. Big Pippen follows celebrities Larsa and Scottie Pippen, who live large from private jets to designer rings. Other reality shows center on dancing, strong-willed feminists and women who plan their dream wedding even before becoming engaged.
Divas for Jesus is the third reality show to be announced this year that deals with professing Christians. As previously reported, TLC will be unveiling a broadcast next month entitled The Sisterhood, which features a behind-the-scenes look at the everyday lives of five preachers’ wives from Atlanta, Georgia, whose lifestyles are much different from what they portray in church.
“If you pull back the curtain and see us for who we truly are, you’d be shocked,” stated Ivy Couch in the networks promotional video, whose husband Mark leads Emanuel Tabernacle Church.
Another scene shows Couch laughing as she opens a gift bag from her husband to find that he had given her handcuffs to use in the bedroom.
“You better watch yo’ self, girl!” her husband jokes.
“People don’t expect a preacher and his wife to have a good sex life,” Couch tells the cameras.
A second reality show, Preachers’ Daughters, set to air on the Lifetime Television Network, is not so provocative — according to all indications. Preachers’ Daughters is said to give a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of teenagers whose fathers are Christian ministers, and how they handle worldly temptations with the guidance of their parents.
“Adolescence can be a challenging time of transition for children and their parents,” stated Rob Sharenow of Lifetime. “By opening their homes and lives to our viewers, the families featured on Preachers’ Daughters will provide an honest portrayal of their experiences — book-ended by the deep love they share and shifting household dynamics in their beliefs.”
As for Divas for Jesus, WE states that it will air sometime next year or in 2014 at the latest.