Monday, January 09, 2006

The Book of Daniel

I had no interest in watching NBC's The Book of Daniel until the American Family Association came out against it. Whatever upsets Donald Wildmon is something I'm going to want to have a look at.

The show is all about the dysfunctional family of a well-heeled Episcopalian minister (Aidan Quinn) who hangs out with a cool, white manifestation of Jesus (Garret Dillahunt). Unfortunately, the two-hour premiere last Friday was a schizophrenic combination of 7th Heaven and American Beauty that tried too hard to be witty and melodramatic without doing enough to develop its characters. That includes you, Jesus!

But don't take my word for it. Check out what Gordon Atkinson, a blogging preacher of the Baptist persuasion from San Antonio, says about The Book of Daniel. Very funny stuff. His other essays are pretty good, too.

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