Hollywood, CA — “Thicker Than Water” is a Slam Dunk !
LIGHTNING RELEASES (4/7/2014) – 6’6 former Pro basketball shooting guard Ben Tankard is used to slam dunks on the court. Now he is “slamming” on other “courts” as well. Thicker Than Water, the new hit NBC / Bravo series that follows the Smoothjazz / Gospel music legend with his blended family, smashed ratings it’s first season with about 14 million viewers for it’s freshman 8 episode season. Additionally, it topped the key demos ratings reports Bravo.
The show is produced for Bravo by Sirens Media (of Real Housewives of New Jersey fame). Even though the show is not marketed as religious or ” faith based “, the Tankards strong Christian values leak through and the show has a massive “kingdom” following !!! Viewers can’t seem to get enough of The Tankards and everyone is eagerly waiting for SEASON 2 which will may already be in production( though Bravo insiders are tight lipped about the details and locations).
The Tankards who are volunteer senior Pastors, were cast by Bravo for the series because of their multiple business successes and their blended family. They supporting their good friends Joel and Victoria Osteen by appearing on their 2014 12-city Night of Hope Tour with 15,000+ in attendance each night !!
12 time a Stellar Award winner, Ben is the Bestselling Gospel/Jazz artist of all time with walls and walls of gold and platinum albums, as seen on the show. He performs over 100 concerts each year which he flies to on his own airplane as a private pilot, and is in high demand as a NBA motivational speaker. His latest CD ” Full Tank” is his best seller to date with multiple Dove, Soul Train, Grammy nominations and a Blue Mic Award. He just signed a new book deal for his next book “The Full Tank Life” and will launch his Full Tank Clothing line for Big & Tall during the holiday season.
Jewel is a power financial planner, network marketer and motivational speaker with a community wide women’s group called The Millionairess Book Club. Her goal is to empower women to be become successful and she has recently been recruited by JET magazine to write financial wellness and blended family columns. Whew, these Tankards are NOT lazy!
With five children, two daughter-in-laws, a grandchild, and a housekeeper, there’s never a dull moment at the massive Tankard Palace and it looks like millions of viewers cannot get enough of seeing it all unfold every Sunday night. According to BravoRatings.com, Thicker Than Water ratings have doubled the ratings of other freshman reality shows on the network. In addition, they have also surpassed the best ratings of recent faith based shows like Mary Mary, Preachers of LA, The Sheards, and Run’s House.
Since the airing of the show, Tankard says they have been approached for all sorts of deals, including a clothing lines, car dealership endorsements(free cars), cosmetic contracts, movie scripts, and the phone is still ringing.
It Looks like Bravo has struck gold with their millionaire positive power team in Ben & Jewel Tankard. Even with all their business travel, the Tankards have a strong love for their community and always beat it home by Sundays to serve and give back as non-salary Pastors of Destiny Center Church of Murfreesboro, TN. In a small quaint town near Nashville, their congregation of under 500 members is loving and very friendly. When in the area, drop in and see them, they will no doubt ” leave the light on for you “.
Web sourced. RealityTVwatch. BravoTV.com BravoRatings.com BravoWatch.com
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