Joel Osteen, who leads the largest church in the United States and reaches millions of Americans through his televised Sunday sermons, is developing a reality show with the producer of “Survivor.”
Osteen has signed a deal with reality TV producer Mark Burnett to develop the show, a spokeswoman for Joel Osteen Ministries said.
“Victoria (Osteen’s wife) and I are looking forward to working with Mark Burnett on this project,” Osteen said.
“We have great respect for Mark and we know that the finished product will not only entertain but will illustrate the generosity and selflessness that is a hallmark of the American people,” he said.
Osteen said the yet-to-be-named series would not resemble a typical reality show.
“In my mind, when I think of ‘reality’ (show), I think of cameras following you doing nothing,” Osteen said. “But this is more ‘Extreme (Makeover: Home Edition).’ We’re going with a purpose – with a mission.”
Osteen said the show would feature members of his Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas – the nation’s largest congregation – helping others.
“We would take a group of 300-500 people from this auditorium, from our ministry and go somewhere in the world – probably in the U.S. to start – but just to help a place in need,” Osteen said. “A place hit by a tornado. Maybe a run-down neighborhood.”
Andrea Davis, a spokeswoman for Joel Osteen Ministries says, “(Osteen) had been approached for a number of years by different networks with ideas along the same kind of lines but it just didn’t come together.”