Origins: On 6 January 2006, NBC will air the two-hour premiere of a mid-season series called The Book of Daniel, a religiously-themed saga which the network describes thusly:
The reverend also has loving, but challenging relationships with his three children: Peter (Christian Campbell), his 23-year-old gay son, who struggles with the loss of his twin brother; Grace (Alison Pill), his 16-year-old daughter who doesn't try to push her father's buttons but succeeds at it nonetheless; and Adam (Ivan Shaw), his 16-year-old adopted Chinese son, a handsome and cocky high school jock with a wicked sense of humor. Keeping Webster grounded is his strong and loving wife Judith (Susanna Thompson), who is fighting her own fondness for mid-day martinis, as well as Jesus (Garret Dillahunt), whose frequent chats with Daniel serve to remind him of his strengths and weaknesses.
Television critic Alan Sepinwall wrote a detailed article about the background of the show and its creator in advance of the program's first airing.
Gary Levin also reviewed the series for USA Today.
Update: On 24 January 2006, NBC announced it The Book of Daniel was being "dropped from the schedule." Kevin Reilly, president of NBC Entertainment, said a letter-writing campaign from some right-wingers wasn't what killed ad sales for the show; it was that nobody was watching. The show had drawn an audience of
Last updated: 26 January 2006
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