Discovery Communications’ TLC has picked up Preacher Wives, a new series about outspoken female preachers and wives of preachers in Atlanta. It chronicles the lives of these larger-than-life women as they manage day-to-day politics, help troubled or needy congregants, hire and fire staff while balancing being a parent and a respected public figure. True Entertainment is producing.

Over at sibling Discovery Channel, the Friday premiere of Bering Sea Gold at 10 PM drew 3.7 million viewers, the most-watched series premiere in the network’s history. The new show from producer Thom Beers was helped by a strong lead-in from hit Gold Rush, which averaged 4.2 million viewers.