January 31, 2012 8:16am PT by Jethro Nededog
TLC Partners With 'Real Housewives' Producers for 'Preacher Wives'
TLC is getting into the Real Housewives business.
The network announced on Tuesday that it’s partnering with True Entertainment, the production company behind The Real Housewives of Atlanta, for a new reality series with the working title Preacher Wives. It will follow the "First Ladies" of Atlanta area churches.
“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.
True Entertainment's Weinstock and Glenda Hersh will serve as executive producers. The production company's projects also include OWN's Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes and Unfaithful, Logo's The A-List, and Bravo's Platinum Hit. TLC did not announce a projected airdate.
The series marks the network's entre into the type of programming that has become the half-billion dollar reality gold of the Real Housewives franchise for Bravo, a formula that has been picked up by several other networks like VH1 and its Basketball Wives.
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