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December 12, 2011

Joel Osteen Getting a Reality Show

No network slated yet, so it's yet to be seen if the show will, ahem, prosper

Mark Burnett, producer of the Survivor and The Voice reality TV shows, has convinced his friend Joel Osteen to sign on for his own reality TV gig, TMZ recently reported, running the image at left with their story.

A follow-up story in Entertainment Weekly said the show, titled Pack Your Bags, will bring "missionary-style giving to prime time."

According to EW, "the popular Houston megachurch pastor will lead volunteers to a surprise destination to try and make a difference in other people’s lives. For example: To put on a homecoming party for a group of soldiers returning from oversees to their hometown, or bringing holiday cheer to an elderly care home. 'You get on plane, you don’t know where you’re going, you don’t know what you’re going to be doing,' Burnett says.

"Burnett says our current economic climate makes this an ideal time to launch a show like Pack Your Bags. 'America is the most giving nation on Earth,' says the British producer, who became an American citizen two decades ago. 'One of the best ways to feel better is by doing something for somebody else.'"

Methinks I'll leave the comments -- snarky or otherwise -- to the readers here. The floor is yours.


From the way it sounds, I think this show will be great! One thing I love about Mark Burnett's shows is that our entire family can watch them together (The Voice is our fav right now). And, I can't think of any one better for Burnett to team up with than Joel Osteen... this is sure to be another winner for Mark Burnett and for us.

I don't know if it will be good for "us." Somehow I doubt it. I don't like Burnett reality shows. I don't like most reality shows come to that. But what I've seen, especially of christians or those who claim to be christians on reality tv, makes me cringe.

I don't particularly care for Joel Osteen's ideology because he seems way too saccharine and gives his audience a more American success gospel that's too me centered and omits deeper discussions about God. On the other hand he is not that "Way out there" as compared to other Word of Faith preachers. I know that many Evangelicals and Fundamentalists don't like approach because he offers very little expository and theological meat to his sermons and appears to compromise the message of traditional Christianity in order to gain more publish acceptance. Aside from my opinions I think that this future 'Reality' show may not differ than any of the other positive reality programs out there where people are helped. I wonder if it's possible success will be the name Joel Osteen will ne attached to it?

Ha ha Ha, this is what Osteen wants, but can God be reached with that?

Those who watch Osteen will watch this and those who don't won't. Makes teens' "whatever" seem appropriate.

Its perfect for an apostate preacher like Osteen, the "world" will embrace him with open arms.....

Hi! Let's test the spirits... Will Mr Burnett allow Joel to complete each episode with a prayer IN JESUS NAME? If yes.. then go for it.

To Joel: Remember your calling.. no compromise.

God Bless.

For all the people dissing Mr. Osteen, grow up! Joel is a Christian, yes he is a weak on addressing sin on his programs, but he does address the sinners prayer on every show at the end, I think this show will display Joel Osteen as he is, A loving , caring man who draws near to Christ.

I think the idea is a good one. But my question is, will the Gospel be shared? Isn't that what missions is?