Book of Daniel Cancelled; Religious Conservatives Rejoice

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  1. Jan 24, 2006 #1 of 182

    anom Enlightened

    Apr 18, 2005



    Religious Conservatives Claim Victory After NBC Pulls 'Book of Daniel'

    By Kevin Eckstrom
    Religion News Service

    Conservative critics are claiming victory after NBC pulled "The Book of Daniel," a racy primetime drama about an Episcopal priest struggling to hold his dysfunctional family together.

    NBC officials in New York would not confirm or deny that the show has been cancelled, but the broadcaster's Web site lists "Law and Order" during the Friday 10 p.m. time slot that had been occupied by "The Book of Daniel."A blog on NBC's home page contained an entry from Jack Kenny, the show's creator, who said the show will "no longer be aired on NBC on Friday nights" for "many reasons."

    "Whatever the outcome, I feel that I accomplished what I set out to do: a solid family drama, with lots of humor, that honestly explored the lives of the Webster family," Kenny wrote, adding that he was "proud of our product."

    The show, which debuted on Jan. 6, had only aired four of its eight scheduled episodes. Conservatives criticized the show's sex, drugs and alcohol and said its depiction of Jesus was disrespectful.

    Complaints from the Mississippi-based American Family Association -- to the tune of 678,000 angry e-mails to NBC -- prompted advertisers to pull out. At least 11 NBC stations in six states declined to broadcast the show.

    "This shows the average American that he doesn't have to simply sit back and take the trash being offered on TV, but he can get involved and fight back with his pocketbook," said AFA Chairman Donald Wildmon.

    Kenny had hoped the show would survive at least until Feb. 10, when the Olympics will take over for most NBC programming. Kenny had called the "bullies" who sought to kill his show "un-Christian and un-American."

    For its part, the Episcopal Church declined to comment on the show since it was not consulted as the show was created.
  2. Jan 24, 2006 #2 of 182

    anom Enlightened

    Apr 18, 2005
    Not to respond to my own post, but what's with this spate of abrupt cancellations after just a couple of episodes?

    It seems like every non-reality summer replacement show is being yanked before I even get a chance to watch them.
  3. Jan 24, 2006 #3 of 182

    Neenahboy Statistical outlier

    Apr 7, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Rats, I really enjoyed this.

    Burn in hell, NBC, for taking the coward's way out.
  4. Jan 24, 2006 #4 of 182

    mrowe8 "Too Slow - Chuck No

    Dec 29, 2004
    I'm offended by Oprah but nobody seems to care. Now the "religeous" folks are telling me what offends my religion. What is this world truly coming too.
  5. Jan 24, 2006 #5 of 182

    Jotas Got TV?

    Mar 19, 2005


    There should be no surprise. Whenever there is pressure from a group TV execs usually play tough, then realize it's better to run with their tail still intact.
  6. Jan 24, 2006 #6 of 182

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    The whole free television model is broken.

    The viewers need to take over the role of the network execs deciding to make or not make a show. One day the numbers will be high enough that we can review concepts and subscribe to them, then a show can be made just for the subscribers.

    No matter how bad some may think a show is, there's others out there who enjoyed it. At the very least you'd think showing the produced episodes wouldn't be that hard. It's getting so it's almost not worth the emotional roller coaster ride of becoming invested in a show only to have some suit cancel it 3 episodes later.
  7. Jan 24, 2006 #7 of 182

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Religious protests aside,
    I honestly didn't think that the show was that good.
    I watched the two hour opener and didn't really care about anyone except for Daniel. Somewhat.
    The parts where he talked to Jesus were decent to pretty good but I felt the rest of the show was trying way too hard to be too over the top.

    And considering that it only pulled 9 million viewers in it's first showing, I suspected that it wasn't long for the air.
  8. Jan 24, 2006 #8 of 182
    The Flush

    The Flush Not So Notable Member TCF Club

    Aug 3, 2005
    SO OH
    If the show had really good ratings, it would not have been cancelled, regardless of the protests.

    I really liked this show, but I gues it was not meant to be. I wish they would at least show all the episodes that have been filmed.
  9. Jan 24, 2006 #9 of 182

    justapixel Domestic Extremist Staff Member

    Sep 27, 2001
    The Nanny State
    The most boring new show this year. Good riddance. :up:

    (No, I'm not religious)
  10. Jan 24, 2006 #10 of 182

    Warren Wild Hair

    Oct 18, 2001
    its good thing that I don't run NBC after seeing that press release from them claming they are the ones that caused it to fail. I would renew "BOD" and run it until the actors got bored working on it. Remember spite is the best reason to do anything.

    (Not religious but I hate religious people shoveing there agenda down my throat)
  11. Jan 24, 2006 #11 of 182

    terpfan1980 It's Just TV TCF Club

    Jan 28, 2002
    Xbox Live:...
    The ultimate response that should be used by NBC: bring back God, the Devil and Bob...
  12. Jan 24, 2006 #12 of 182

    JustAllie Number crunchin' TCF Club

    Jan 4, 2002
    Arlington, VA
  13. Jan 24, 2006 #13 of 182

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    You must not watch many pilot episodes. ;)
  14. Jan 24, 2006 #14 of 182

    tivotvaddict CreativelyChallenged

    Aug 11, 2005
    In front of...

    Unfortunately it sometimes takes a while to build good ratings (a la Knots Landing). Shows just aren't given that chance anymore. :(
  15. Jan 24, 2006 #15 of 182

    busyba The Funcooker

    Feb 5, 2003
    I didn't really care about the show one way or another, but anything that causes religious conservatives to rejoice can't be good for anybody.....
  16. Jan 25, 2006 #16 of 182

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    So, are the two episodes I have parked on TiVo Galileo worth watching?
  17. Jan 25, 2006 #17 of 182

    atrac New Member

    Feb 27, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Ivan Shaw, please come back in another series or movie're a hottie!

    /shallow mode off

    I enjoyed the show and indeed, I'm not surprised it was cancelled. I was interested in seeing the episode that they skipped about a little girl could also see and talk to Jesus. Too bad I probably won't ever get to now, unless there's a DVD release in the future.
  18. Jan 25, 2006 #18 of 182

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

    Feb 25, 2003
    Had interest in checking this show out but I had a strong feeling it wasn't going to make it so I never bothered watching. Figured it would be a wasted investment of my time. Good call I suppose.
  19. Jan 25, 2006 #19 of 182

    bicker bUU

    Nov 9, 2003
    If this year's cancellations are any indication, network executives are getting far better and judging which shows will and won't be successful, after just a couple of episodes, removing any need to "give a show a chance to build an audience." The only shame in this cancellation is that right-wing wack-o's think they had something to do with it.
  20. Jan 25, 2006 #20 of 182

    bengalfreak Active Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    I'm what you would call mildly religious. And I thought the show was borderline blasphemous. But, I would have thought the same thing had the Jesus character been Muhammad or Buddha. It was making someone's religion into a farce. The main reverend was addicted to pain killers. His wife is a borderline alcoholic. His son is having sex at every turn. His father (a bishop) is having sex with another bishop while his wife is struggling with Alzheimer's disease. His daughter is selling drugs. The main character is in business with the mob. And the Jesus character is way too amused by all of this.

    And yes, all of us are flawed. But in reality, Quinn's character wouldn't have been a reverend beyond the second show. Glad to see the show go.

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