Skip to comments.NBC Draws Fire for Book of Daniel
Posted on 12/31/2005 6:25:29 AM PST by NYer
(AgapePress) - A pro-family media researcher is blasting NBC for plans to air a controversial series featuring a troubled Episcopal priest and other dysfunctional characters.
The network will air The Book of Daniel on Friday evenings, starting in early January. According to published reports, the weekly show centers around an Episcopal priest named Daniel Webster who talks with a manifestation of Jesus. In addition, the Webster family reportedly includes a 23-year-old homosexual, Republican son; a 16-year-old daughter who is a drug dealer; and an adopted son involved in an improper relationship with the bishop's daughter.
Ed Vitagliano is director of research for the American Family Association. He says the program mocks Christianity.
According to the AFA spokesman, advertisers who underwrite the program will be monitored -- and that information will be distributed far and wide.
"We will be reviewing this, and we will be letting AFA supporters know exactly what is on this program," he says. "And [we will be] holding advertisers accountable for what appears to be yet one more show that's going to dog the Christian faith."
AFA is calling on TV viewers to send a letter through its website asking NBC affiliates to refuse to air the show. Dr. Don Wildmon, AFA chairman and founder, contends the network's decision to air the series "reflects the anti-Christian bias which exists at the highest levels of the network."
Religious and spiritual concerns aside, it looks like a lousy show anyway. The only reason they could possibly have for putting it in the lineup is to thumb their noses at people who DO take their faith seriously.
WHY do the idiots in the media think that this is the kind of programming that will attract large "media market share"??
Really now. That fact is not readily conveyed by the ads. They make him seem to be a Catholic priest, but Episcopal, anything goes...
Just more of the same NBC, Nothing But Crap.
Because "American Beauty" won so many Academy Awards.
This show is basically "American Beauty" the series. Except they've added a heavy dose of Christian hypocrisy.
Gee, when are we going to see a TV show that similarly mocks Muslims and their faith?
Agreed. The frightening thing is that their business model calls for thumbing their nose at over 50% of their potential customer base, just 'cause it makes 'em feel real good.
Truth is, they don't have a business model. All they have is an agenda.
Why are they always picking on us poor Episcopalians? Though this show may well be a hit, since I expect Bishop Vickie Gene Robinson to announce that it's a marvelous slice of reality..
This sounds like a quasi-accurate portrayal of much of the Episcopal Church. Why are non-Episcopalians complaining?
NBC has come a long way with family sitcoms since the Bill Cosby Show.
The only reason they could possibly have for putting it in the lineup is to thumb their noses at people who DO take their faith seriously.
Agreed. The frightening thing is that their business model calls for thumbing their nose at over 50% of their potential customer base, just 'cause it makes 'em feel real good
Since when are liberal hollywood types rational?
Reading the synopsis, it sounds like something that might be funny as a British comedy. But then it would be well-written.
Wouldn't it be funnier and more timely if a mullah's dysfunctional family were paraded on TV every week? To bomb or not to bomb the corner Quickie-Mart. Oh, but that wouldn't be PC.
Satan is the father of hollywood.
These are his sick and twisted Children.
That would certainly explain CAA
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The description sounds absolutely dreadful. They should wait a couple more years until they've gone further with coarsening Society before going ahead with this. In this respect it is ahead of it's time. The Public hasn't been properly dumbed down yet.
Anti liberal Sarcasm Torpedo ARMED. FIRE!!
Because it's all they know. I suspect some of these shows are little more than thinly disguised autobiographies of the Hollywood riff-raff.
Business as usual for Hollyweird
That's what scares me. We all know how NBC likes to stick with bad shows.
We recently had Nielson diaries at our house and when we had finished them I realizes the only thing during the month that we watched on NBC was "Law and Order" ans we watched absolutely nothing on CBS.
Am I dreaming or did I see a figure in the promo-commercials of a person who looks like the popular rendition of Jesus Christ in the passenger seat of the car? I must have because I was suddenly outraged, I can't believe it was my imagination.
Of course, they all make such clever, cynical little quips, one after another. Blasphemy! But what do they care? Ignoring this trash is not enough and please don't tell me to punch the channel button, this goes far beyond that sort of nonsense, just like the p*** Christ "art".
Wouldn't be PC but would be funny as all getout. And the guest actors could always be blown up in some tragic mishap before they got to their goal.
For a show like this, they pick Episcopals because then they can smear Catholics by way of similarity but "anything goes" thus bringing forth their brand of an "enlightened" catholic church.
They couldn't do it using a Baptist minister for example, for Hollywood they're only unfaithful husbands and then you don't poke an eye at the Catholics since the rites and traditions are so different.
You were not dreaming. That's in the commercials. However, this priest is addicted to pain killers or something thus he might be talking to a hallucination.
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I suspect you're right--the shows are a reflection of THEIR life-styles.
Not your imagination.
I would guess that this Jesus Christ figure is a device to spread the liberal gospel: homosexual behavior is a-okay, fiscal conservatives are the new Pharisees, there is no sin but the sin of judging sinful behavior to be sinful etc.
Now that's a show I would watch. I would pay to watch it.
Check out South Park.
Ask potential advertisers not to sponsor 'The Book of Daniel'Main character says if the show offends some Catholics, "I don't really care..."
Despite receiving nearly a half-million emails, NBC still intends to begin their new series The Book of Daniel next Friday. While NBC refuses to release the sponsors of the program, AFA has identified 10 potential sponsors. Send them an email asking them not to sponsor the show. Ask local advertisers on your NBC affiliate to pull their advertising from the local station if they carry The Book of Daniel.
The network is promoting "The Book of Daniel" as a serious drama about Christian people and the Christian faith. The characters include: Daniel Webster, a drug-addicted Episcopal priest; his alcoholic wife; his son, a 23-year-old homosexual Republican; his daughter, a 16-year-old drug dealing daughter; a 16-year-old adopted son who is having sex with the bishop's daughter; his lesbian secretary who is sleeping with his sister-in-law; and a very unconventional white-robed, bearded Jesus who talks to the priest.
The writer for the program is Jack Kenny, a practicing homosexual who describes himself as being "in Catholic recovery," and is interested in Buddhist teachings about reincarnation and isn't sure exactly how he defines God and/or Jesus. "I don't necessarily know that all the myth surrounding him (Jesus) is true," he said.
Aidan Quinn, who plays Rev. Webster, said if the show offends some Catholics, "I don't really care..."
Take Action Now! Time is Short!
What can you do:
Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman
American Family Association
P.S. Many of your family and friends aren't aware of NBC's The Book of Daniel. Please forward this to them.
I read somewhere that the priest is supposed to take drugs, too, or have some kind of drug problem.
I won't be watching it because I don't want to smash my tv.
You left out his lesbian secretary who's having an affair with his (IIRC) sister-in-law. Must-Not-See TV, indeed.
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Speak the truth in love. Eph 4:15
"...Episcopal priest named Daniel Webster who talks with a manifestation of Jesus."
What's a "manifestation of Jesus"?
Is that like an avatar of a Hindu god or something?
I hate when the pagans try to steal our Lord from us and recreate Him in their own image.
I read somewhere that Sex in the City and Desperate Housewives, neither titillation show do I care to watch, were written by homos about homos, but then they just changed the sexes of the characters to be hetero. They portray their homosexual lifestyles and values as being hetero and normal. No agenda there.
Then, I realized that I was merely overcome with rationality instead of acknowledging that the "entertainment industry" is really all about turning America into a cesspool (of course, much of it is already thanks to the same entertainment industry).
Sort of like an Islamic 'Coneheads'.
Bring back a show that really told it like it is, bring back 'Max Headroom'.
The Brits have a sense of irony about such things. Their counterparts in show business here are ex-Catholics or the like who are very bitter about religion.
"NBC and all the MSM hate Christan's.
They hate Christan's what? Doing a Google search, I find a lot of Christan's something or another. Which one did you mean?
You don't get it, Google man.
"You don't get it, Google man."
What is it that you think I don't get? I get that you can't spell "Christian." I get that you confuse the possessive for the plural.
At least you did not spell "Christian" as "Christina" or it would have been even funnier.
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