Those hoping for a sophomore return of TLC's 'The Sisterhood' will be disappointed. It was revealed April 26 that the Christian reality series will not be renewed
for a second season. The program, which features a group of preachers' wives in Atlanta was besieged with controversy from the moment that it hit airwaves.
Religious groups called the program a disgrace, claiming that the series put Christians in a bad light. Cast member Domonique Scott, a former prostitute and drug addict perhaps garnered the most ire from Christian groups. Her story, while inspiring to some, was considered a bit much for reality TV. But the show suffered other criticisms:
Viewers didn't agree with what many considered "vulgar" discussions about sex that cast member Christina Murray and her pastor husband had with their two teen daughters. Other storylines focused on touchy areas like race relations and the families' financial struggles. Gospel singer Marvin Sapp, amongst others believed that "The Sisterhood" didn't accurately reflect those in the ministry. But the wives defended their place on reality television. "We're not doing stereotypical things that degrade women," cast member Ivy Couch explained in an interview with The Root.
Ironically, it might be just this aspect that was the series' ultimate downfall. Despite debate over "The Sisterhood's" relevance in the Christian community, it seems that the show's lack of scandal was responsible for its poor ratings. Per reports, the show only attracted around 600,000 viewers each week and aired its finale Feb. 12 after just eight episodes.
SOURCE: Atlanta Urban Entertainment Examiner