Will Hollywood ever get it?

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    NBC Closes Book on "Daniel"

    By Josh Grossberg
    1 hour, 22 minutes ago

    And on the 18th day, NBC smited the The Book of Daniel.

    Stung by low ratings and high-profile protests, the Peacock announced on Tuesday that it had deep-sixed the dramedy--which starred Aidan Quinn as pill-popping Episcopalian priest Daniel Webster who imagines himself conversing with Jesus while coping with his gay son and pot-dealing daughter--after just four episodes.

    An NBC rep refused to elaborate Wednesday on the reasons for the move, but creator and executive producer Jack Kenny confirmed Daniel's sudden demise in a posting on the network's Website.


    "Unfortunately, due to many reasons, The Book of Daniel will no longer be aired on NBC on Friday nights," wrote Kenny. "I just wanted to say 'thank you' to all of you who supported the show. There were many wonderful, talented people who contributed to its success--and I do mean success."


    He continued: "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. Good, flawed people, who loved each other no matter what...and there was always a lot of 'what'!"

    Described as a cross between Six Feet Under and Joan of Arcadia, Daniel received generally favorable reviews from critics. TV Guide's Matt Roush hailed it as "darkly comedic and richly entertaining," while Robert Blanco of USA Today praised the show as "witty, earnest, intelligent, overdone, overly ambitious, wildly entertaining and superbly cast."

    Nevertheless, the show came under fire from religious right activists before it even debuted. A handful of NBC affiliates dropped Daniel following complaints from viewers, while several sponsors bowed to boycott threats by pulling their ads.

    The Reverend James Dobson's Focus on the Family asked supporters to bombard affiliates and sponsors to protest what the group's Bob Waliszewski called an "extremely repulsive show" for its "flippant attitudes toward behaviors almost universally agreed to as unhealthy to society" and its portrayal of Jesus (played by Garret Dillahunt) as a "wimpy, white-robed visitor who cares little about evil, addictions and perversity...a namby-pamby frat-boy guru."


    The controversy didn't help the ratings. According to Nielsen Media Research, the series attracted 6.9 million viewers for its back-to-back episode debut Jan. 6, but those numbers dipped to 5.8 million viewers after its fourth and final airing last Friday.


    The writing was on the wall last weekend, when, speaking to members of the Television Critics Association, NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly said the show was "not quite pulling the numbers we were hoping for. It's having a tough time finding an audience." He also lamented the dearth of advertisers.


    The decision to close the book on Daniel was predictably cheered by the naysayers, including American Family Association.


    Focus on the Family asked its supporters to lobby NBC affiliates to demand what the


    "Had NBC not had to eat millions of dollars each time it aired, [the network] would have kept Daniel alive," a jubilant Donald E. Wildmon, founder of the Mississippi-based AFA, said in a press release. "But when the sponsors dropped the program, NBC decided it didn't want to continue the fight.


    "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."


    So much for turning the other cheek...or the channel.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/eo/20060125/en_tv_eo/18228
     
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    I love the tone of this piece: ordinary Americans effectively expressing their opinions - those BASTARDS!

    And Wildmon was right - were it not for the fact that NBC had to eat advertiser dollars every time the show aired, it would have backed the show, and public indignation be damned. What do you know - America works after all!

    TV moguls and movie makers imagine themselves to be - above all - shapers of popular culture. They despise their audience - think it their duty to educate us in proper mores - and allow their business decisions to be informed by their hateful arrogance. Will Hollywood ever get it? In my opinion, no.

    They'd have to change their essential selves in order to do that.
     
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    Let's add to this that Hollywood is looking to produce fewer movies and that the NYT is also having cutbacks....

    Gee.... wonder why?
     
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    MM, in addition to the fact that you always make such strong logical arguments, your just write so eloquently. I just had to say that. :clap: :clap: :clap:
     
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    MusicMan Rocks! :rock:
     
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    And that avatar...

    I got this news via e-mail (AFA) not long ago. I was happy.
     
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    Just another example of how everything is driven by the almighty benjamins.

    I'm wondering if the new WB / UPN network would consider bringing it on. They had a lot of success with 7th Heaven.
     
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    The show was pulled after only 3 episodes.

    They probably blew it right from the beginning by calling it "The Book of Daniel". I would imagine that many would've passed right over the show just because of the religious connotations of the show's name and so the show never gained much of any exposure to anyone except those not put off by the religious theme. And of course those are the very people who were affronted! :p:
     
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    They should have called it Daniel and Jesus.

    Most people probably would have thought it was a show about a hispanic guy.
     
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    Or how about Episcopalian Escapades or The Raunchy Rectory?
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