‘Preachers’ Daughters,’ you guessed it
Lifetime reality series exploits the myth of how fast they are
March 7, 2013
You know what they say about preachers’ daughters….Or maybe you don’t. Either way, you might expect that a reality show about them wouldn’t confine itself to the question of how slutty they are.
At least you might expect that if you’ve never seen a reality show. True to form, Lifetime’s new series “Preachers’ Daughters” is about nothing but sex. This focus is creepy in the case of two of its main subjects — who are 16 and 17, respectively — and sad in the case of the third, an 18-year-old with an illegitimate child.
Of course, most parents have a hard time with the issue of teenage sexuality, and there’s some comfort and comedy in watching other parents struggle with it. But by dwelling on the questions “Will she or won’t she?” and “What — and who — did she do?” and excluding all other aspects of the families’ lives, “Preachers’ Daughters” makes for ultimately unpleasant viewing.
Premiering next Tuesday, March 12, at 10 p.m., the show introduces us to three young women still living with their parents: Kolby, 16, divides her time between the North Carolina home of her father, a preacher named Nikita Koloff, who used to be a professional wrestler nicknamed the Mad Russian, and the Tennessee home of her mother, Victoria, who works at a pregnancy center and gives Christian-based talks on sex to teenagers.
Victoria’s sex talks naturally bother Kolby, who particularly objects to Victoria’s constant use of the term “penetration,” as well as her graphic terms for the various forms of sex. In order to get Victoria’s permission to date a boy named Micah, Kolby has to attend one of her presentations.
Like many mothers, Victoria evidently enjoys embarrassing her daughter. She insists on a sitdown with Micah, asking him what he thinks she means when she says, “Don’t touch my daughter.” When he says that she means there’s a bubble around Kolby, Victoria replies, “Don’t penetrate the bubble.”
Taylor, 17, who lives in Illinois, is rebelling against her strict father, who doesn’t want her to date at all. In an online video, she says that her “alter ego” wants to be a porn star. Both early and late in the show, we see her father saying, “God, please, don’t ever let my daughter become a porn star, amen.”
Without getting her father’s permission, she sneaks out to a public pool wearing a skimpy bathing suit. She and her friends meet an ex-boyfriend of hers, who grabs her butt while hugging her, and then we see them making out.
The sad case is Olivia, 18, who lives in coastal California. She says that the previous summer she partied a lot, slept around and crashed a car while on LSD. She now has an infant girl. Although she thought the father was a boy named Shawn, she has somehow recently learned that the father may actually be a boy named Jay.
The only serious drama in the episode is Olivia’s decision whether or not to tell her father. The suspense is enough to make viewers ignore the complete inappropriateness of sharing this moment with television viewers.
With Olivia at least temporarily out of the dating pool, the point of future episodes seems to be showing how the other two will test their limits. If all goes badly, they can always try out for MTV’s “Teen Mom 2.”
No matter what they decide to do, this is a private matter, and their parents, like Olivia’s, should have refused to allow them to do the show. Since we’re not their mommies, we should probably refuse to embarrass them further and stop watching. Whether the show is asking us to laugh at these girls or laugh with them — or is going for simple titillation — it’s not right.
Readers: No C7 during this upfront
Fact: We now use the web more than TV
May’s five biggest sweeps stunts
So tell us, which network will win May sweeps?
‘Relatively Insane,’ totally inane
For NBC’s Thursday, an early close
Cable overnights: New high for ‘Chrisley’
The word: FCC guts net neutrality rules
USA’s summer lineup: ‘Pains’ and ‘Affairs’
Whoa: Amazon scores HBO Go
‘About a Boy’ grows for second straight week
Coulson: I did not participate in a cover-up
‘Scandal,’ from bubble to breakout
- GroupM communications director John Wolfe exiting
- Theresa Griggs becomes creative director at Cosmopolitan
- Ryan D’Agostino and David Granger join Popular Mechanics
- Jeanne Fontana becomes health and wellness president at Robb Report
- Christopher Dolan becomes publisher at Muscle & Fitness
- Karen Bonck becomes SVP of branded partnerships at Debmar-Mercury
- Sam Register rises to president at Warner Bros. Animation
- Luis 'El Matador' Hernandez joins Fox Deportes
- Charlize Theron and Andy Samberg hosting NBC's 'SNL'
- Jennifer Garner developing mystery project at Bravo
- 'Bachelorette' contestant Eric Hill dies at age 31
This week’s cable ratings
This week’s broadcast ratings
This week’s top movies, songs and books
This week’s daypart ratings
This week’s younger viewer ratings
This month’s new media traffic data
Senior digital media planner job in L.A.
Media planner position in Dallas
Needed: Senior digital media buyer and planner
Expert marketing consultant available in all markets
Media buyer/planner job in Philadelphia