Gospel Premiere Date/Status
Gospel SEASON 1 Premiere Date Set On PBS
About Gospel TV Series
Four-hour docuseries that explores the rich history of Black spirituality through sermon and song from executive producer, host, and writer Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
From the blues to hip-hop, African Americans have been the driving force of sonic innovation for over a century. Musical styles come and go, but there is one sound that has been a constant source of strength, courage and wisdom from the pulpit to the choir lofts on any given Sunday: the gospel.
The gospel concert special, produced by McGee Media, Done + Dusted and Friends at Work, celebrates gospel music and its extraordinary impact on culture and pop music. Featuring the biggest names in gospel music together with the biggest stars from the world of pop, R&B and beyond, the concert will be recorded in Los Angeles in front of a live audience, hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. This one-hour PBS special, from showrunner Kristen V. Carter, will both be inspired by and build excitement for the landmark four-hour history series, Gospel. A list of performers will be announced at a later date.
In GOSPEL, Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, speaks with dozens of clergymen, singers and scholars about their connection to the music that has transcended its origins and now spreads "the good word" all around the world. The series features interviews with notable names including Dionne Warwick, U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, Rev. Otis Moss III, professor Michael Eric Dyson, and awe-inspiring musical performances of Gospel favorites "Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus," "Total Praise," and others from talents including The Belle Singers, Cory Henry, Celisse, and more.
Gospel is more than the soundtrack of the African American experience, "it's the beating heart and soul," said Gates. "From the Great Migration to today, the history of Black gospel music and preaching is one of constant movement, and it's long been a dream of mine to bring it to public television. We're blessed to have such outstanding partners in delivering this series and concert at a time in our nation when the need for Gospel's transcendent, healing powers is so great."
First episode date: February 12, 2024
Show type: Docu-series
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