TLC is entering the “black women who argue with each other about things that aren’t really important” category in a partnership with the producers of the Real Housewives franchise. This show, which does not yet have a release date, will center around the wives of Atlanta’s prominent preachers.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“We are excited to work with TLC to profile the lives of these strong-willed women,” True Entertainment president Steven Weinstock says. “With most praise in religious communities directed towards male preachers, we are thrilled to give these remarkable ladies the spotlight they crave and deserve.” The series will not only follow the women as they play out their role as preacher’s wives in the congregation, but also give a view of their home lives and how they balance both roles.
I’m a big fan of reality television, both as a guilty pleasure and just as a twisted view of the world with a glimmer of social education value, but the constant focus on cat-fighting and meaningless beef in recent seasons has made these shows a little stale. And now “Preacher’s Wives”? I hate to accept it but this concept has gone way too far.
I’m not sure how the religious community will react to watching women who should be admired depicted as drama divas, and I certainly cannot hope that the creators of the Real Housewives franchise, which mainly traffics in women arguing and has earned major dollars for doing so, will soften their formula any just because the husbands of the women on the show are in the pulpit. The idea that these women are “craving” attention doesn’t sound quite right to me, and I’m especially wary of descriptions of black women that include words like “strong-willed,” which is too often a euphemism for sassy, overbearing, or angry.