The T.D. Jakes Show debuted to rave reviews today. The show is yet another step beyond the pulpit for one of the most well known clergymen in the world. The show’s debut comes mere days ahead of the biggest family festival in America, Megafest. These days, everything Bishop Jakes is just that, MEGA! And with this talk show, Bishop Jakes adds to his already transcendent resume. The four week trial run airs in select cities: Dallas, Cleveland, Minnesota and Atlanta starting today through September 11th daily at 3 pm CST/2 pm EST.
Bishop Jakes, billed as this generation’s Billy Graham released his latest book: Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose on last week, also to rave reviews. The follow-up to last year’s blockbuster series “Instinct” currently sits at number four on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Bishop Jakes has fearlessly jumped into the tumultuous waters of daytime television vying for viewers in the same time slot as daytime darling Ellen DeGeneres in hopes of “jumping the shark”, turning the tide and earning a daily talk-show slot. Though Bishop Jakes’ reputation as a prolific preacher precedes him, he is also a competent counsellor equipped with the mettle to meet America at its best and worst.
“I get you…” – Bishop T.D. Jakes
The inaugural episode focused on parental public shaming. Bishop spoke with the Mills family whose daughter was shamed after stealing and single mother Valerie Stark who shamed her daughter after discovering her risqué Facebook profile. After hearing from both families, Bishop Jakes welcomed Wayman Gresham who gained notoriety on social media after posting a video aimed at parents who use social media to shame their children. Gresham, who thinks that such shaming causes psychological damage had a simple message for his counterparts: “…if you just flip the script and maybe speak that thing as if it already were then maybe things would come out differently.”
At the show’s close, Bishop Jakes shared four helpful tips for parents in the audience and at home watching:
- Every child is not the same
- Don’t expect what you will not inspect
- Open communication is a dialogue, not a monologue
- Trust must be earned
“What you do in the early formation of your child’s life has everything to do with their destiny and where they’re gonna go the rest of their lives.”
It was during the closing monologue that Bishop Jakes, the churchman emerged. “Amen” bellowed out from the audience and from Jakes himself who had finally stepped into his familiar place on the show.
Valerie Starks has used the 20 million plus views to impact families everywhere. She created the “Momwhosaves” page to spotlight missing children, mobilizing social media and help bring them home. Gresham has also engaged social media on his behalf as a “Motivational Servant”. The T.D. Jakes Show is off to an impressive start. Time will tell whether or not the show is built for daytime, primetime or network television at all.
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