The Messengers (partially found TLC motivational/inspirational reality TV series; 2006)
The Messengers was a short-lived reality show that aired on TLC briefly between the months of July and August in 2006. Premiering on July 23rd, it lasted for a single season containing a total of eight episodes.
Premise[edit | edit source]
The series had showcased ten different motivational speakers from varying perspectives and backgrounds from all around the United States. Each episode would begin with the speakers going on a weekly 'field trip'. The trips would be designed to give the speakers the opportunity to 'walk in someone else's shoes."
These trips would range from the reality of homelessness in the city of Los Angeles, to living as a blind or wheelchair-bound individual, or on a farm as a migrant worker.
Over the next 24 hours, the speakers would use their experiences whilst on the trip and their general life lessons to give a motivational speech to a studio audience.
After each speech is delivered, the two judges and public-speaking experts Richard Greene and Bobby Schuller would critique the speech and give constructive commentary to the speaker.
At the end of every episode, one speaker would be eliminated by the studio audience's vote. The remaining speaker at the end of the series would be crowned "The Messenger", and awarded a publishing deal and the opportunity to host their own TLC special.
Availability[edit | edit source]
Due to the general obscurity of the show, only a few fragments of it have surfaced online. The fragments available contestant Cornelious "See" Flowers' speeches throughout various episodes, the complete first episode, the first ten minutes of the second episode, and a clip of the contestant Daneea Badio being crowned The Messenger in presumably the final episode.
Episodes of the series would be around 45 minutes long, meaning only about 72 out of around 360 minutes are accounted for.
The only form of home media release that the show received was a rare preview DVD containing the first episode.
Despite being labeled as an eight-part series, only the titles and status of the first six episodes are known.
It is also unknown if reruns were ever aired after the series was presumably cancelled, or even during the series' run.
Episode Status[edit | edit source]
|1||Charity||July 23rd, 2006||Found|
|2||Struggle||July 30th, 2006||Partially Found|
|3||Perseverance||August 6th, 2006||Partially Found|
|4||Hope||August 13th, 2006||Partially Found|
|5||Eulogy for John or Jane Doe||August 20th, 2006||Partially Found|
|6||Love||August 27th, 2006||Lost|
Videos[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- An official TLC page for the show which gives some general information about the show and its premiere date. Retrieved 03 July '21
- An adweek.com article which briefly mentions the show and it's hour-long runtime. Retrieved 03 July '21
- An ebay listing of the DVD. Retrieved 03 July '21