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When dogma meets drama on TV

Christian Science Monitor

 

"When it comes to religion and pop culture, network television has

never been much of a pioneer. Angels and vague references to God are

about as much success as prime time has had with the topic -- think

'Joan of Arcadia,' '7th Heaven' and 'Touched by an Angel.' But now

that the film 'The Passion of the Christ' has revealed an appetite for

entertainment with specific religious themes, the small screen can't

feed it fast enough. This week, NBC launched 'Revelations,' a

big-budget series that melds the mystery of an 'X-Files' with

prophecies ostensibly based on the New Testament. Writers at a

scriptwriting conference last fall reported that all the network

executives were asking for 'anything with a religious theme.' One such

Bible-based show, 'Book of Daniel,' is in development for NBC." (04/15/05)

 

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0415/p12s02-altv.html

 

I don't care to watch a whole ot of TV myself, usually too busy on Net and reading..

Have noticed that a lot of advertising is hyping shows with religious-like programming..

 

Same programming seems to be less *fundy-fied* and more ecumenical..

 

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Reading that makes even me consider to remove the TV card from my machine... although I live in Germany. :Hmm:

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That is disturbing news.

 

Ah well. LotR is still being broadcast, right?

 

...or we could make Mr. Neil the programming director... :smile:

 

Merlin

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It's nothing new. Remember "Father Murphy," "Aaron's Way," "The Waltons," and "Amen?" The Reagan era came and went.

 

Ah, lets see. All the cancelled Jesus shows I can think of...

 

Highway to Heaven

Davey and Goliath

"Christmas Is," and "Easter Is,"

Jot!

Insight

Father Dowling Mysteries

 

What else?

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I've seen both of the Revelations episodes so far. My parents keep telling me to look at it as "entertainment" (they're nonbelievers too) but I just have to bring it on myself to point out all the mistakes and intentionally marred facts the show uses, and all of its cliches, and how it's not just "entertainment" like they say but explicitly religious.

 

Call me a "devil's advocate," haha.

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It's nothing new. Remember "Father Murphy," "Aaron's Way," "The Waltons," and "Amen?"

 

The Waltons was anti-fundy! Remember the episode where John Walton walked out of church when the preacher was laying down the hellfire and damnation?

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