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Brother Jed to film reality show pilot

Friday, September 20, 2013 | 4:56 p.m. CDT; updated 7:06 p.m. CDT, Friday, September 20, 2013
Brother Jed Smock speaks while at the MU Speakers Circle in April 2009. From left, Elizabeth Behrens, Nick Heuer and Joelle Fronzaglio hold hands with other members of the human circle in protest of Smock's message. Smock has announced that he will be filming a pilot for a reality television show.

COLUMBIA — Brother Jed might be hitting the small screen.

Jed Smock, a former preacher often seen and heard at MU, will be featured in a pilot episode for a Country Music Television reality series. Smock announced the series on his Facebook page on Wednesday by writing "Move over Duck Dynasty; here come the Smocks!"

The show's producer Roger Nygard said that for right now, they will just be filming the pilot and there's no guarantee that it will ever air on CMT.

The proposed series will focus, in equal parts, on Smock's preaching on college campuses throughout Indiana and on his family life with his wife and five daughters, he said.

Smock is an Christian pastor who spent nine years preaching at MU. He often drew controversy for his Speakers Circle sermons that derided his perceived debauchery of the contemporary life of college students. He often toted signs, such as "You deserve hell," to augment his message.

He and his family moved to Terra Haute, Ind.,  in July.

A title has not been chosen by the show creators for the project, and the pilot will be filmed in November, Smock said.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.


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