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'Preachers of L.A.' has begun filming for its second season with twelve episodes

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According to Praise 104.7 FM on March 25, Executive Producer Deitrick Haddon has begun filming the second season of "Preachers of L.A."

The new season will include twelve episodes while the first season included only eight.

The taping has been done at the home of Haddon. So far, the episodes have included all of the first ladies of the show as well as Loretta, the good friend of Bishop Noel Jones.

The gospel artist, minister and executive producer said, "They are all up in my house … cameras everywhere."

Haddon, 40, explained why he decided to take part in the controversial reality television series. He said:

“I can’t pass up the opportunity to share the gospel with 100 million homes on a weekly basis for eight weeks. People are interested in our culture and Gospel music in the church, but everybody's afraid to share the truth about who we are and what we do."

"Preacher of L.A." has had its fair share of criticisms. However, Haddon said he can handle people's comments because he has tough skin.

Haddon has defended his show and has even gone on Twitter to rebuke some men of God speaking out against "Preachers of L.A."

Bishop T.D. Jakes called the show "junk tv." Rev. James C. Perkins, pastor of Greater Christ Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan is another who spoke out against the show to BET last year. He said:

"I don't think the show represents the best of the Black church tradition. The downside is that people often paint all pastors with a broad brush and, after watching this show, they may well begin to associate all pastors with those behaviors. There are many pastors who are out here serving the people and not just serving themselves."

Season one of the reality television series premiered Oct. 9, 2013, on Oxygen. "Preachers of L.A." chronicles the lives of three bishops and three pastors from their work within the church to their personal lives at home. The series also encompasses the spouses of the men who are married and the longtime girl friend of one of the bishops.

In Jan. 2014, Oxygen renewed the series for a second season with the original cast returning. It was also announced that potential spin-offs are being cast in New York, Atlanta, Dallas and Detroit.


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