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NBC yanks Book of Daniel?


[UPDATE: Confirmation. A story on the cancellation is now up on 365gay.com. ]

From NBC’s Book of Daniel bulletin board:

Unfortunately, due to many reasons, “The Book of Daniel” will no longer be aired on NBC on Friday nights. I just wanted to say “thank you” to all of you who supported the show. There were many wonderful, talented people who contributed to it’s success – and I do mean success. 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”! I remain proud of our product, proud of my association with Sony, NBC Universal, and NBC, who all took a chance on a project that spoke to them, and proud to have made an impact on so many of your lives.

Thanks for watching.
Sincerely,
Jack Kenny
Creator, The Book of Daniel

I’m still waiting on more confirmation about the cancellation; I don’t see reporting on this anywhere else — except WingNutDaily, which is taking credit for an “Exclusive.” However, a look at NBC’s Friday night schedule shows no BoD on it. Law and Order is in the “Daniel” slot this Friday at 10 PM.

In a later post on the board:

I continue to be grateful for all these messages of support. Especially after such a difficult day. Rest assured that I will try my best to find some way to make the remaining episodes available to you. I may fail, but I will certainly try. Again, many many thanks.

Yesterday, Kenny seemed to be hinting that the ax was near, so this outcome would not be a surprise; the AFA’s pressure on advertisers did have an effect. (The Christian Post):

Jack Kenny, who created NBC’s new show about an Episcopal priest and his dysfunctional family, is asking fans to show their support in contacting stations as opponents such as the American Family Association (AFA) protest the “offensive” program.

“You are in danger of never seeing their most brilliant work yet,” writes Kenny on a weblog hosted by the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

Many predict NBC will pull the plug on the show before it runs all eight episodes.

“NBC is losing between $2 (million) and $3 million each time they air The Book of Daniel,” said Donald Wildmon, the association’s chairman, according to Religion News Service. “With those kinds of losses, NBC may decide to cancel the show.”

Advertisers along with affiliate networks have pulled their support for the program.

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