Pray TV (1982)





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The made-for-television Pray TV was the subject for hot debate long before its February 1, 1982 debut. This even-handed exploration of the televangelism business stars Ned Beatty as the Reverend Freddy Stone, whose religious empire nets $3 million annually. John Ritter co-stars as Rev. Tom McPherson, a newly ordained clergyman who joins the Stone operation. As Ritter begins to question the religious ethics behind Stone's lucrative ministry, a subplot develops involving Reverend Gus Keffer (Richard Kiley), who in contrast to Stone must operate on a shoestring, minus the glittery trappings of TV, radio, and SRO revival meetings. Lane Slate's teleplay takes great pains to offend no one; whether this is good or bad is up to you. Pray TV bears no relation to the earlier theatrical-feature comedy of the same name.
Directed By:
ABC Circle Films


Lois Areno
as Bobbi Ellis
Ned Beatty
as Reverend Freddy Stone
John Ritter
as Tom McPherson
Richard Kiley
as Reverend Gus Keiffer
Jason Bernard
as Everett
Frank Birney
as Johnson
Michael Currie
as Artie Allman
Dana Halsted
as Louise
Richard Kennedy
as Announcer
Louise Latham
as Mrs. Oakes
Jonathan Prince
as Bill Oakes
Kenneth Tigar
as Parker
Mel Tormé
as Himself
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