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Book of Daniel to be streamed online

by Chris Thilk, posted Jan 31st 2006 11:58AM
Coming shortly after the show got axed from NBC's broadcast schedule comes word the unaired episodes of The Book of Daniel will be streamed online for the next three weeks. The episode that would have aired last Friday is now available on NBC.com, with the two remaining episodes appearing for a week each beginning this Friday. Click the "Videos" portion of NBC's site and you'll find it. As Joseph Jaffe says here it's an interesting opportunity for networks who cancel shows on the broadcast side of things to test the viability of moving these shows to an on-demand model. That way they're not reliant on the whims of advertisers but simply to the demands of the marketplace.

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The Book of Daniel: Acceptance

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Jan 14th 2006 10:28AM

book of danielAfter last week's premiere where we got to meet all the players amidst a blizzard of plots and subplots, this week things settled down a bit for The Book of Daniel. We last left Reverend Daniel Webster' getting the news that the stolen money ($3.2 million) that was earmarked for the construction of a new school has been located, but the situation becomes a bit sticky when the Mafia-connected priest tells him that if the construction job does not go to Vaporelli Construction, then there is no found money. Daniel spends a good bit of time wrestling with the question and, in a case of mistaken identity, agrees to the deal. It seems that Daniel has offered his acceptance to the situation, but he (obviously) has his doubts about going along with this extortion.

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Another station cans Book of Daniel

by Kim Voynar, posted Jan 13th 2006 9:09PM

Controversial new television show The Book of Daniel has been removed from the lineup of Nashville's NBC affiliate after the show drew thousands of complaints from irate viewers, incuding letters faxed in on church letterhead. The show has now been pulled from seven network affiliates, mostly in the South.  The Book of Daniel, which features Aidan Quinn as a pill-popping Episcopalian priest with a gay son, has drawn the fire of conservative Christian groups, most notably the American Family Association, which is encouraging members through its website to protest the show and threaten boycotts of advertisers.

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Was Daniel a dud?

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 9th 2006 10:34AM
Despite all the publicity leading up to Friday's premiere of The Book of Daniel on NBC, it still didn't do so hot in the ratings. The two-hour premiere, which aired from 9-11 pm on Friday, averaged about 9 million viewers. That's fewer than Close to Home, Numb3rs, In Justice, and 20/20, which all aired against Daniel on CBS and ABC. In Justice and 20/20 barely beat Daniel, each with a little more than 9 million viewers.

I watched The Book of Daniel out of pure curiosity. I like Aidan Quinn and I wanted to give the guy a chance. Plus, I wanted to see whether all the ruckus was justified. It wasn't.

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The Book of Daniel: Temptation and Forgiveness

by Michael Sciannamea, posted Jan 7th 2006 12:12AM

In the middle of his sermon, Reverend Daniel Webster (Aidan Quinn) poses this question to the congregation:

"If there were no temptation, how can there be redemption?"

The Book of Daniel made its much anticipated debut Friday night on NBC with a two-hour episode. If you saw it, you know there were so many subplots that trying to recap them here will make your (and my) head spin.

In a nutshell, Daniel's life is a complicated one, to say the least. This Episcopalian man of the cloth has to deal with his teenage daughter (Grace) being arrested for dealing pot, to having a gay son (Peter) that causes confusion for him, to having an adopted son from China (Adam) who pokes fun at his Asian features and heritage, to having a neurotic wife taken to having martinis as soon as noon passes, to having a female bishop critiquing his Sunday sermons, to finding out his brother-in-law has embezzled $3.2 million from the church, to dealing with a stiff and wooden father who happens to be a bishop, to his mother suffering from Alzheimer's, to interacting with a Mafia-connected Catholic priest. (I could go further but I think you get the general idea.)

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Christians try to get Book of Daniel cancelled

by Karina Longworth, posted Dec 29th 2005 12:47PM
Surely, you've seen the ads for NBC's big new midseason dramedy, The Book of Daniel? The one where the Vicodin-addicted Episcopal priest talks to a bum-hippie Jesus about his drug dealing daughter and his gay son and the fact that his lesbian secretary is sleeping with his sister-in-law? You know, the one that looks like a piece of overcooked, self-conciously "quirky" Ally McBealist crap? As Adam pointed out yesterday morning, the American Family Association is even more excited about Daniel than I am, although for entirely different reasons; in fact, they're calling for NBC to cancel the show before it even airs. In a statement sent to their members, AFA said, "It would be beneficial to all if NBC showed a little more respect for Christians who believe the Bible." They're asking their members to bombard the network with letters until they get their way. Meanwhile, NBC has fought back with a statement of their own, predictably insisting that if we try it, we might like it. "We're confident that once audiences view this quality drama themselves, they'll appreciate this thought-provoking examination of one American family," the network says. 

Hmmmm... an absurdly reactionary organization is trying to get an apparently crap show canceled before it debuts. That's just silly. Then again, it is, by all appearances, a crap show. What side to take?

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AFA goes after Daniel

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 28th 2005 8:05AM
book of danielWho didn't see this one coming from about twelve million miles away? The Book of Daniel, the new series about a pill-popping priest who hangs out with Jesus and has a son who is gay and a daughter who sells pot has come under fire from the American Family Association. The AFA's favorite targets are shows or companies which they see as "gay friendly." The group most recently went after the Ford Motor Company for advertising in LGBT mags. They're urging a boycott of the show and its advertisers. I'm sure they have a few words for Jesus, too, and his decision to appear on this show.

 

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