Preachers of LA premiered less than 24 hours ago on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at 10 p.m. ET to much buzz, and the full episodes of the reality show have been released to watch online at Amazon, with the first "Comeback" episode being free to watch online as of this writing. This Christian TV Examiner is sleepy, because in between all my writing assignments, I literally watched as Twitter went "ham" on the show, with the trending topic hashtag #PreachersofLA taking over the social network during the premiere of the show and afterward.
Though those new tweets are not flying as fast as the "273 new results" or so that I'd click over and see my Twitter feed displaying in the wee hours of the a.m. (I was up till around 3:33 a.m. working), they are still coming, with results for #PreachersofLA on Twitter being usurped by the news that Kwame Kilpatrick got sentenced to 28 years in prison for his crimes.
But back to these men of God and their hot new Oxygen TV reality show that everyone seems to have an opinion about. Although the loudest voices are sometimes the negative ones, there were enough calm and funny comments to keep me entertained -- in between voices ranting on both sides about the show.
Most of all, I love to see Deitrick Haddon perform his music, and am tripping that he's been kicked out of churches, (and this is before the adultery scandal and stuff), all because his music was deemed too radical. Ah well, it's the same thing modern-day church folk said about Mahalia Jackson's "radical" remixes, which seem so tame now compared to the Christian hip-hop I love. (Thank God for iTunes Radio today and all the new Christian rappers I discovered. Lecrae must've been featured in nearly everybody's song. He is prolific...)
Anyway, here's an extra video speaking about the black church's expectation of the pastor being everything to everybody, and here is the Oxygen video page where new videos should appear, hopefully before long -- but check with the Amazon link above for the full episodes, because they look like the first and most reliable source of watching not only the first premiere episode of Preachers of LA online, but future episodes of the much-discussed reality show in full.
I wonder how long Amazon will allow people to watch full episodes of POLA, as I've taken to calling it, online for free.