Four megachurch pastors are headed to network television this summer. Fox will air a test run of a new talk show series in New York and L.A. on local networks it owns, which will be hosted by Lakewood Church’s John Gray, The House of Hope’s Dr. E. Dewey Smith Jr., God Seekers Church’s Orrick Quick and Empowerment Temple AME’s Dr. Jamal Bryant.
The Preachers is being executive produced by The View’s co-creator, Bill Geddie, who told Deadline, “After The View, I figured I’d never do another panel show, but these preachers knocked me off my feet. They’re not just another set of talking heads yakking about the events of the day; they bring real-world experience as pastors and counselors.” You can see an interview with "the preachers" below. Discuss
What if science could bring back someone from the dead? Here’s a news item that has interesting theological implications: Medical review boards in both the U.S. and India have granted permission to two biotech companies to experiment with new technology that they hope could bring back patients who are brain dead—something currently considered impossible. Bioquark and Revita Life Sciences plan on starting their research by testing to see if the brains of 20 patients can be stimulated to actually regenerate. The hope would be that one day, after techniques involving lasers, stem cells and special injections are refined, doctors will be able to help brain dead patients regrow parts of their brains that were damaged or destroyed.
What doctors don’t know is what effect it would have on the consciousness, memories or personalities of patients, that one day in the future, could possibly benefit from that type of procedure. Discuss
There was another musician performing with The Roots last night on The Tonight Show. Hip-hop star Lecrae sat in with the band, rapping between segments. (His appearance starts at the 4:50 mark of this video.) Jimmy Fallon even gave a shout out to his book Unashamed, which recounts his story of overcoming a difficult childhood to find faith and eventually, superstardom in the world of hip-hop. Discuss
Hulu, already the home of original content like The Mindy Project, is looking to expand into the documentary space. And the streaming service's first get is pretty big. The company announced today that it acquired exclusive streaming rights to Ron Howard's upcoming documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, after the film hits theaters in the fall. Vulture reports that Hulu plans to launch a whole documentary films department—which is obviously been a big market for its competitor Netflix. Howard’s The Beatles looks at the formation and early years and colossal success of the Fab Four. Discuss
Then there was only Trump. Barely 12 hours since Ted Cruz dropped out of the GOP presidential race, Ohio governor John Kasich has done the same, according to several sources. And that makes it official: Reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald J. Trump is running for the GOP nomination unopposed. The AP is reporting that Kasich will make an official announcement soon. Even though he lasted until what you could call a second-place finish, the governor never really caught on with voters. Even this morning's Kasich Star Wars Day video somehow couldn't help. Calling him “a conventional candidate in an unconventional race,” the The New York Timesreport suggests that Kasich's longevity was more of “a testament to his unbending refusal to drop out” than any momentum behind him as a candidate. Discuss
Star Wars star Daisy Ridley wants to wish you a happy “Star Wars Day,” and encourage fans to continue to give to their Force For Change charity campaign. The CrowdRise initiative is raising money for several big charities (including Make a Wish, the Red Cross, Unicef and the Boys and Girls Club of America), and is offering fans a chance to actually hang out with some of the cast. Check it out, and May the 4th Be with You. Discuss