Televangelist, megachurch pastor Joel Osteen will take people on missions for a show produced by his friend Mark Burnett

Houston-based televangelist and megachurch pastor Joel Osteen will star in a reality series produced by Survivor producer Mark Burnett. The evangelical church he presides over is the largest church in the United States, and he’ll take hundreds of members of his congregations on missions for the show.

Burnett and his Touched by an Angel star wife Roma Downey are friends with Osteen and his wife, Victoria, and the Houston Chronicle reported that “Burnett — a fellow Christian who has visited Lakewood multiple times in the year that they’ve known him — came up with a concept that would focus more on Christian mission than their own lives.” (TMZ, which first reported news of the show, has a photo of the two couples.)

Here’s how the Chronicle described the series: “Each episode will center on a three- to four-day mission trip, and Osteen imagines flying 200 to 300 Lakewood Church members to different areas of the country, such as poor neighborhoods and areas struck by natural disasters, and following their efforts to serve the community.”

Osteen told the paper the show would be similar to ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and said, “We didn’t just want to do a reality show, we wanted to do something that inspires people and makes them better.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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