By Victor Ochieng
OWN Network is bringing a weekly one-hour television series that brings viewers the life of John Gray, associate pastor at the famous Houston-based Lakewood Church.
“Pastor Gray’s unique blend of humor and heart will make for a great series,” said Erik Logan, president, OWN.” “We are excited for him to join our Saturday night family and thrilled to order new episodes from the Peete’s and Sweetie Pie’s.”
The new series, “The Book of John” (working title), will this spring join the other popular Saturday night television programs on the network. OWN ordered an eight-episode series of the show, which details the life of Gray, a pastor at Joel Osteen’s church.
Fans of “For Peete’s Sake” can also smile as the network announced that they’ve renewed the Saturday night reality show for an additional eight episodes. The show features actress Holly Robinson Peete and her husband, Rodney Peete, a former quarterback with the National Football League. Another announcement was that OWN also renews “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” for another 13 episodes. “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” is a hit series that has scooped the NAACP Image Award two times. It’s centered on restaurant entrepreneur Miss Robbie Montgomery and her adorable family.
Not confirmed yet is whether the show will feature the drama that’s currently playing out between Miss Robbie and her son. Miss Robbie recently filed a copyright violation lawsuit against her son Tim Norman.
No doubt, OWN has been a top network for African-American women, especially on Saturdays. It doesn’t come as a surprise that “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” was renewed as it’s the most viewed docu-series in the history of OWN.
The idea of bringing “The Book of John” is because of the pastor’s outstanding and hilarious ways. His life is quite rich and he’s traveled far and wide enriching souls through the word of God using sermons, music, and comedy. His is an approach that seeks to bring people of all walks together and reach out to them with the gospel word in a unique way.
The new series will provide viewers with an opportunity to get to know Pastor Gray’s home life and his ministry through which he works to help his community face and, where applicable, overcome life challenges. At the same time, it will highlight some of Gray’s own relatable challenges as a pastor, husband and father.