Osteen Seeking Reality Television Show Deal

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Joel Osteen promotes "Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week" at a Barnes & Noble store in New York City. (credit: D Dipasupil/Getty Images)

HOUSTON (AP) – A Houston megachurch minister whose services are broadcast to audiences around the world wants to be a reality TV star.

The Rev. Joel Osteen on Tuesday announced he’s signed an agreement to work with producer Mark Burnett to develop a reality show about his mission trips with members of his Lakewood Church. The program would also feature Osteen’s wife, Victoria.

Burnett is executive producer of the CBS show “Survivor.”

Lakewood Church’s website says its broadcasts reach more than 200 million households.

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  • Hootex

    Why not? Joel has always been more of a showman than a preacher.

  • altha

    Osteen is no different from the other so-call preachers it’s all about that mighty dollar.

  • CSB

    i agree 100% with the other two comments. My late grandfather was a very good friend of John Osteen, Joel’s dad. JOHN Osteen was a great preacher with principles and a backbone. If HE would have gone on Larry King Live, he would have been able to stand firm on questions about his faith, unlike Joel’s pathetic appearance. JOEL, who is friends with my dad, is a glorified motivational speaker, and nothing more. He never went to seminary as far as I know, and he thinks he’s knowledgeable in “The Word” because he helped prepare his dad’s sermons. It takes more than that, buddy boy. So, for all you saps who buy his motivational books, greeting cards, and other assorted SCHLOCK and kitsch, remember, you helped build his new mansion in River Oaks. He’s what’s wrong with Christianity – preaching a watered-down and worldly “gospel”. Doesn’t matter to me, mind you. I converted to Judaism after seeing all the fraudulent and pathetic Christians out there, and the fact that Christianity is filled with contradictory theology.

  • CSB

    “I”. Sorry for the non-capitalization. Margarita night.

  • Kenny Zig

    Praise Jesus and the prosperity gospel! More money for Joel! Praise JESUS, er, I mean BEN FRANKLIN! Bow to that money, Joel! Bow to that money! You and your temper-tantrum-throwing plastic trophy wife can go to hell as far as I’m concerned! CHARLATANS!

  • Katie Koenig / Houston Bead Museum

    The new Joel Osteen reality show just sounds like “a breath of fresh air” for reality TV.

  • helen

    people should have known he wanted to be more than a minister. Just another showman, him and his wife. I hope the remark”a breath of fresh air was meant to be funny.

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