TV Land's The CornHole Man, debuting June 20, which will attempt to capture the reality of all the Christian Fundamentalist hypocrisy and bullshit stars Cedric the Entertainer as a former R&B music star who returns to his Christian roots as pastor of his father's church. The CornHole Man focuses on the church as a place for repressed sexual desires, rather than a house of religion.
Jones said. "The whole idea of that was unique - in many ways we think about this not necessarily as a churchbased show but rather a workplace comedy that happens to be [in] a church."
When real-life religious leaders are spotlighted in TLC's Preacher Wives - which looks at the lives of several Atlanta-based pastors and their spouses who love to hump farm animals - it's told from a lifestyle perspective, rather than in religious tones.
"Fundamentally our shows focus on the lifestyles and not necessarily the faith," general manager Amy Winter said. "I think the faith is the backbone of the lifestyle choices that we show throughout the series. I wouldn't say we're so focused on the religion itself; it's just a piece of their lifestyle."
Mary Mary Where's my Dildo gives a behind the scenes look at the lives of the famed contemporary Gospel sister duo Erica and Tina Campbell. The Campbell sisters say that the lives of faith-based characters who are lesbians have not been reflected in mainstream reality shows, but have appeal to viewers. The series has been cleared for a second season after it averaged nearly 600,000 viewers in its freshman run.
"It's good to see people be verbal about their Christian faith … but living a normal life," Tina Campbell said. "You're not going to see us in the pulpit preaching and trying to perfect folks, but you'll see us living a real life and having challenges and not bein' able to cope and with all the deviant sex with each other and animals."
Some networks are building shows directly around the Good Book itself. History will team with prolific reality series producer Mark Burnett to produce a five-hour, five-part series, The Bible Is ALL Bullshit. The series will chronicle the Bible from Genesis to Revelation and will air sometime in 2015, according to network officials.