Lifetime Will Soon Air a Show Called ‘Preachers’ Daughters’

Consider yourself warned: In 2013, Lifetime will be airing episodes of a new reality show called “Preachers’ Daughters.” They’ve already ordered eight one-hour episodes.

… I’m pretty sure the title and network tell us everything we need to know already, but here’s a more formal description:

“A profound and hard-hitting, but often humorous, look at the daily pressures typical teenagers face, Preachers’ Daughters captures the intense moral, social, sexual and spiritual conflicts these daughters endure as they weigh whether or not to break free from the strong beliefs, time-honored traditions and rituals their loving, but strict, parents have raised them on.

It’s a train wreck waiting to happen… I can’t wait!

Then again, it could actually be riveting television if the kids are shown breaking free from their strict Christian homes — only to be shown as better off because of it. (Many preachers’ kids have similar struggles — many bond over them — and their stories are fascinating.)

This announcement comes a week after TLC said it would air a show called “The Sisterhood” (about preachers’ wives) beginning January 1st:

The cast of The Sisterhood

The broadcast follows five women that are married to preachers in one of the largest cities in the Bible Belt, who often dress provocatively, giggle about sexual matters with their friends and husbands, and live on the edge in a variety of ways.

Let the betting pool begin: Which show is going to last longer? (Because I’m going on record as saying neither show will make it to a second season.)

(via Christian Nightmares)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Deven Kale

    Considering the fact that “Honey booboo” and “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” are things, I’m not so sure they’re both going to fail. The sisterhood may not make a second season, but I’ll say that “Preachers’ Daughters” will make a full three.

  • Miss_Beara

    I thought shows like Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty would fail. Who would watch that crap? 

    Apparently millions of people. 

    • Coyotenose

       Speaking as someone who almost never watches television and despises “reality” programming, I think Duck Dynasty is a pretty good sitcom. Well, decent for a sitcom, you know what I mean. (That’s what it and most of them are, after all; they’re scripted as sitcoms or dramas and just filmed in a different style.)

    • Michaelbrice

      I’m from Canada, I thought those shows were documentaries!

      • M.C.

         You’re the only one of us who did.

  • Anonymous

    Please. As a pastor’s daughter myself, I think my Christian-turned-atheist and sheltered-bubble-dweller to partying college student would make a better TV show than this mushy stuff. 

    Let’s have a documentary of my life instead. I could use the money. 

    • Rabid

      I’m terribly sorry to have to inform you, but well rounded individuals with a modicum of individuality, autonomy and self respect are not the ingredients of good TV in this day and age.

      • Robert Freid

        Is that why reality t.v. is so popular?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/GodVlogger?feature=mhee GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    If they upscale the show beyond the teenie-bopper age group, I’d love to see Teresa MacBain on that show.

    She was a preacher’s daughter, then a pastor herself, and now a non-believer working for American Atheists.

  • Bubba Tarandfeathered

    I’m going to be the devils advocate here and the give the dissident opinion about these shows.

    First considering the demographic I’m predicting a huge turnout, at least, for the first season.

    Secondly since the genre is always about social conflict, neither network would waste time and money on a reality tv show with out knowing well in advance that there will be plenty of drama. I’m betting they have shot the first two season already.

    Third and back to the demographic, 75% of the viewers are xristians, who have cornered the market on vanity and narcissism, so my premise is; these shows will possibly carry quite a following of insecure xristian housewives and daughters looking to identify with the women to whom they aspire to emulate.

    Lastly OMD how naughty is it to see gawd fearing xristian women’s dirty laundry hung out for all to criticize and mock. Let the hen picking commence.

    I say at least four seasons if not more.

    • Bubba Tarandfeathered

       And! If you all are feeling left out well we have our own reality TV shows, they are called The PBS News Hour, NOVA, NOVA Science Now, Nature, and American Scientific, you can find them on your local PBS station. Still on the air even after two attempts by the GOP to end their programming.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

    i haven’t paid for television since 97. my life is a lot richer and better for that fact. i recommend it to you. for me, the straw/camel moment had to do with Clinton’s Cock, and the so-called “liberal” outlets of public radio and TV that couldn’t stop talking about it, despite so many other more important issues of the day that i and many others would have benefited from by being informed about, had they bothered to do so. but i can tell that TV has even less to offer today. ‘sex lives of preacher families’ would’ve been laughed off the air in 97. now, it’s a cutting edge new drama/reality show? um, yeah. 

    write that $59.99 monthly check for basic.

    • http://twitter.com/Chronophase N Jones

      There are a handful of good shows on. It’s such a joke.  I can’t believe with 30+ channels, only a few of them have anything worth watching. What’s worse is you’re almost guaranteed to see some “reality” show on. I’ve stuck mostly to Netflix for anything worthwhile.

  • ReadsInTrees

    Why are the preacher wives arranged lightest to darkest?

  • http://twitter.com/nicoleintrovert Nicole Introvert

    I think they should have a show called “Atheists” and show me hanging out in front of my computer in my pajamas for 30 minutes.   It’d be more interesting. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.spencer.1671 Sarah Spencer

      I’d volunteer to be on a show called, “Atheists.” Come follow me around for a day. I’m blue-collared atheist, I get up at the ass-crack of dawn and drive my big truck to work. I’m a welder, so what ever city I’m in is gamble, I could be in El Paso, SoCal, somewhere in Wyoming, etc. The most boring parts would be me reading at lunch time, reading and FB afterwork, but maybe some intrest might be gleaned if I end up debating with a Christian in a bar, like I did once in “Small Town,” Wyoming.

      • http://twitter.com/nicoleintrovert Nicole Introvert

        Yes, they could follow us each for half an episode.  I can show them the white-collar version of an atheist where I sit in my cubicle all day and shuffle papers.   Then I come home and play with my dog.  My husband’s face may have to be blurred out because he is a theist.  On really exciting days I go out for a run.  And as far as scandalous…. I sometimes volunteer as a clinic escort *gasp!!!*

  • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

    I’m betting you’ll hear on the first episode, “Gay people are all right, but…”  Let me guess, someone will lose their car keys, find them and proclaim, “It’s a miracle.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I7KVNVBMERHZVGOYYMHSKDL6EY TracieH

    The problem with kids “breaking free” is that these homes generally don’t teach the children any alternative ways of figuring out how to live well via making good decisions without simply following rules. I saw this often in the fundamentalist church I was raised in. The girls would often try to go out and do things independently, but it was often really rebellion, and ended badly. And the sad result was the kid believing that life outside the strict rules is just too hard to negotiate and riddled with risk they can’t really see/understand in any complex way, because they’ve only been taught to see a black-white world, without consideration of potential gray areas. They come back convinced the church was “right” about warning them of the perils of the godless life–I saw one girl end up pregnant at 16 or 17, and they pretty well forced her into marriage with the father, who then had control of her as his Christian wife (they even allowed him to dictate her clothes). She was a child, in a tough situation, and the only “support” available to her came at the cost of her freedom/life. I think of her often and wonder what ever happened to her. :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664725686 Joy Westgate-Scherer

    I’m a preacher’s daughter myself, and it is a lot of pressure growing up.  Not only staying within the strict guidelines of your parents, but knowing that if you “mess up” it can actually affect your dad’s* career.  If you run wild, it reflects poorly on your dad’s ability as a leader, and I remember hearing more than once “Behave yourself!  What would the church think of this?”  

    I grew up and got out, but I have two other sisters who are both still firm believers.  I would be interested in seeing how different daughters growing up in the same fundy environment  react once they are free of it.  

    *I say dad, because any home liberal enough to have a woman preacher wouldn’t be the fundamentalist kind this show would feature.

    • http://gigantuan.net Kenneth Love

      Actually, I’m a preacher’s son and it was my mother (born-again, fire and brimstone PENTACOSTAL) who was the preacher.

    • amycas

       I wasn’t a preacher’s kid, I was a staff kid.

  • DougI

    Should we start a betting pool on which daughter gets pregnant first?

  • http://www.flickr.com/groups/invisiblepinkunicorn Anna

    Sounds interesting! I’ll probably add both of these to my DVR. I have a fascination with religious subcultures, and there have been several recent reality shows focused on different sects: Amish, Hutterite, Mormon, etc. Some of them are worth watching  for a peek at the inner workings of those groups. At least, it’s as close as an outsider can get to seeing what goes on.

  • Mark W

    Yet another reason I wish the 2012 Doomsday Prophecies were true…but sadly they’re not.


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