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With shows like TLC’s The Sisterhood and We TV’s Mary Mary, I suppose the question of whether or not there is a place for gospel artists and Christian ministers in the world of reality television has been answered. The latest singer to join the ranks of gospel artists on reality television is 1/4 of Grammy Award-winning gospel group, The Clark Sisters, Karen Clark Sheard.
Starring side-by-side with Karen in the BET reality series entitled, The Sheards will be her husband, Bishop John Drew Sheard, daughter and singer, Kierra Sheard and her music producer son, J.Drew Sheard. Judging by the recently released trailer, J.Drew could certainly be the show’s breakout star. He appears to be pursuing a lifestyle that is drastically different from and a little conflicting with the values of his devout Christian family. During the teaser, he can be seen partying it up and mingling with a slew of different women. He also expresses his desire to break away from church and explore the world that awaits outside of the sanctuary doors.
“I’m sick of the church. The world is so much bigger than that,” he tells his mother during one scene.
Of course, Karen was not playing that and quickly orders him to take back his statement.
“Oh you ain’t gonna say that in front of me. That I won’t allow,” she reacts, clearly thrown off by her son’s statement.
Kierra appears to be at somewhat of a crossroad as well. Her brother J.Drew is known for producing a lot of her music, but in one scene, Rodney Jerkins informs the 24-year-old singer that her younger brother may not be the best person to continue producing her projects. This has the potential to cause a bit of a rift, as the Sheards appear to be very family oriented. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what the outcome will be. Kiki recently took to her Twitter page to express her excitement about the upcoming show.
I wonder if any of the other Clark sisters will be making cameos on the show.
Check out a sneak peek of The Sheards on the next page. Will you be watching when the show makes its April 7th debut?
It’s not too often you hear about a gospel singer having their own reality show, but if Mary Mary did it then so can Marvin Sapp.
According to EEW, Open River Pictures is seeking distribution for original docu-series, ‘Marvin Sapp: Single Dad’.
The reality-based program features the life of the recently widowed Sapp who is raising two tweens and a teen, pastoring a mega church, and maintaining a busy gospel music career for the first time without his wife of 20 years by his side.
Filming of Sapp and his three kids, Marvin “ML” Sapp II., MiKaila and Madisson began in early 2012. Now the Open River Pictures team is shopping the production footage to networks hoping it will be picked up for distribution to the public.
“Marvin Sapp: Single Dad” reveals an inside look at the Sapp family as they courageously carry on life after the loss of MaLinda Sapp, a vibrant, beloved wife and mother who succumbed to stomach cancer in September 2010. Footage captures a freshly single Sapp maintaining a music career and fighting off the stereotypical “God told me you are my husband!” women, which, according to Open River Pictures, requires more prayer and skills than this dad thinks he has.
“This is about a family man who really believes in family teaching his children core values along with trying to manage a successful business and a career as well. God’s good, so I am just going to keep it moving,” said Marvin Sapp of the original docu-series in a statement.
Tammy Williams, CEO of Open Rivers Pictures said, “I count it a privilege and an honor that Marvin entrusted my company to document the second chapter of his and his kids, ML, MiKalia and Madisson’s life. I think it is timely that the country sees a man, especially an African-American man, who is serious about family values and raising his children.”
Jody Mainello of Lone Oak Entertainment also serves as co-executive producer.
Though the circumstances surrounding Marvin Sapp’s single state are heartbreaking, this actually seems like it would be a good show. There aren’t too many positive reality shows and this would be refreshing look at a single father when all we see around us are single mothers. Reality shows normally thrive on controversy, but it’s likely this family wouldn’t be negatively affected by the spotlight. In a world of chaotic reality shows such as Basketball Wives and Love & Hip Hop, Marvin Sapp’s show would certainly be more on the Mary, Mary and Tia & Tamera wholesome side. It’s doubtful the show would be picked up by “WeTv” because of the viewer demographic, but maybe BET could give it a shot.
What do you think? Would you watch a reality show about Marvin Sapp and his family?
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