Oxygen has given "Preachers of L.A."(POLA) the green light for a second season. The controversial docuseries that delved into the personal lives or prominent pastors delivered the networks highest ratings for a new show in 2013, becoming the most watched freshman series in network history among P25-54 and averaging over one million total viewers.This fall, all six pastors -- Jay Haizlip, Bishop Noel Jones, Deitrick Haddon, Bishop Ron Gibson, Bishop Clarence McClendon and Wayne Chanel -- will all return.
“‘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.
Produced by L. Plummer Media in association with Relevé Entertainment (Lemuel Plummer and Holly Carter serving as Executive Producers), "Preachers of L.A.” 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.
The popularity of the show prompted executives to create 4 spin offs in other major cities.
“We look forward to bringing more of these compelling stories to life both in LA and around the country.”
The network announced casting is in works for POLA in Dallas, Atlanta, New York and Detroit.
There are a number of well known preachers who could be targeted in the other cities. A safe guess is that Dallas-based preacher Bishop T.D. Jakes won't be one of them. It was public knowledge that the show did not receive Jakes' blessing.
Season 2 of the POLA will air in the Fall of 2014.