Bravo Goes to Church with 'Thicker Than Water'

(Left to right) Brittney, Cyrene, Jewel, Ben, Brooklyn, Diamond, Ben Jr., and Shanira

As Bravo prepares to air a record 35 original series this Fall, one of their newest programs is sure to garner a lot of buzz. Set to premiere in November, Thicker Than Water follows the family of basketball player-Nashville-minister, Ben Tankard. The father of five touts a family grounded by his ministry—but very interested in the material gifts his success has afforded them. The show will follow Tankard through his work in the church, his musical aspirations and his forthcoming clothing line. They also get to see the workings of a Black family as it makes sense of the role religion plays in their decisions, businesses, and personal lives. 

In a statement to EBONY, the network describes Thicker Than Water as follows:

Self-dubbed the “Black Brady Bunch,” this southern family integrates their strong religious conviction with their penchant for the finer things in life. Under the watchful eye of the patriarch and matriarch, the Tankard children, although grown-up, still live at home and must abide by Ben and Jewel’s rules. With the belief that “God wants us all to be millionaires,” the Tankards aim to be the best and brightest in everything they do. Along with their drive, comes a healthy dose of rivalry proving the adage, “You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family” especially true.

Cyrene, Ben's adopted daughter from Jewel's previous marriage, is a high school athlete and college-hopeful. Ben's older son, Ben Jr., is an aspiring DJ and has also moved back into the house--along with his new wife, Shanira. Brooklyn, the burgeoning entrepreneur in her own right, has her own line of hair weaves and a 10-year daughter, who also lives in the house. The only sibling that seems content with a 9-to-5 and is seemingly unfazed by the strong materialism infecting her siblings is the middle child, Brittney. Although she is the only one who doesn't physically live at home, she's still very much present in the series.

With Real Housewives of Atlanta being one of Bravo's most popular shows for the past five seasons, it will be interesting to see how a series with an entirely African American cast that doesn't seem poised to scrap in a nightclub or is received by the network's viewers. 

Thicker Than Water premieres November 10th, airing on Sundays at 9pm et/pt.