"The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin Lara" is the new documentary about Remnant Fellowship Church founder Gwen Shamblin and her family.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A new HBO Max documentary series is putting a renewed spotlight on controversial Christian diet guru Gwen Shamblin Lara and her Brentwood church, the Remnant Fellowship. That series, "The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin," was produced by award-winning filmmakers Marina Zenovich...
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In the 1980s, Tennessee dietitian Gwen Shamblin might have seemed like just one of countless purveyors of schemes to lose weight. But her program, the “Weigh Down Workshop,” had a religious connection that would electrify her followers — and propel her to start her own creepily insular and dangerously restrictive church, according to a new docuseries. As her power and influence grew, so did her hairstyle — into a vertiginous tower of frosted blonde.
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Chrissy Teigen helped executive produce the upcoming docuseries, which premieres on HBO Max Sept. 30. HBO Max is digging into the life of the late Gwen Shamblin Lara, who founded a wildly popular Christian diet program and later, the Remnant Fellowship Church in Tennessee. The Way Down: God, Greed and...
‘The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin’ profiles the late Tennessee pastor and diet guru
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The late Gwen Shamblin Lara's legacy as a diet guru and church leader is set to be explored in a new documentary project. On Thursday, Sept. 23, HBO Max debuted the trailer for the five-part docuseries The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin. The footage featured interviews with people about Gwen's Christian diet plan, The Weigh Down Workshop, along with the Tennessee-based Remnant Fellowship Church, which she later founded.
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Editor’s note: A version of this letter to the editor appeared in the Tennessean on July 27, 2021. Gwen Shamblin Lara, who tragically died May 29, 2021 in a plane crash, was an author and founder of the Christian diet program “The Weigh Down Workshop” and founder of the Remnant Fellowship Church.
The upcoming "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" is sure to get everyone in the mood for the drama of evangelical Christian women who grew from their small roots into widespread popularity and religious leadership. Evidently, that's the oddly specific genre of the month, as HBO Max is aiming to make the next captivating docuseries with their upcoming original, "The Way Down," which offers an in-depth look into the massively popular religious diet program and resulting church of Gwen Shamblin Lara.
Now this one is sure to get all the attention of everyone who is in the mood for drama. But this drama is a little different from the usual ones, and this includes instances from the evangelical Christian women who took up their roots from their ancestors and with due course of time, they grew with it, developed a sense of loyalty towards it and strengthened it all the way up to make room for the future.
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The Way Down (HBO Max, 3:01 a.m.): American cultlike organizations have many forms: MLMs, like LulaRoe; fundamentalist conservative groups like the ones that inspired Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Midnight Mass, and Wild Wild Country; and consumption-related ones like Weight Watchers and time-shares. But it’s a special type of cult that combines several of those at once, which Gwen Shamblin did by merging her self-help weight loss book The Weigh Down with evangelical Christianity shot through with good old American puritanism. (Oh, you Puritans! Why couldn’t you have stopped your culture contributions at witch hunts and Thanksgiving?) You should at least watch the trailer to see how big Gwen’s hair gets over the years, and check out our season review later today.