Wednesday, January 04, 2006

KARK Says No to Book of Daniel; WB 42 Picks up the Program

KARK will not air The book of Daniel. Here's the announcement from

"After careful consideration, watching the program and most importantly listening to our viewers and engaging them in dialogue, we have decided not to air the NBC program The book of Daniel this Friday night. We appreciate hearing from so many of our viewers who expressed their heartfelt opinions on both sides of the issue."

UPDATE: This from a news release from WB-42:

"KWBF, WB 42, announced today it will air "The Book of Daniel" from the
NBC network on Friday night, January 6, 2006 from 8P-10PM.

Equity Broadcasting Corporation, Vice President of Television
Operations, Neal Ardman said: "While we respect NBC's position not to air this
program, we are excited to provide an outlet for viewers here in central
Arkansas to see the program."

"The Book of Daniel" stars Emmy-nominated Aidan Quinn as Reverend
Daniel Webster an unconventional and challenged Episcopalian minister. The
series follows Webster as he struggles with his addiction to
painkillers and attempts to be a good husband and father. Webster's wife, played
by Susanna Thompson, is fighting her own addiction to mid-day martinis.
Both are doing their best to raise their three children, a 23-year-old
gay son who struggles with the loss of his twin brother, a 16-year-old
daughter who pushes her father's buttons and a 16-year-old adopted
Chinese son who has a wicked sense of humor.

KWBF, WB 42 is over the air channel 42 and is on Comcast Channel 9.
The episode of Beauty and the Geek that was originally scheduled for
Friday night at 8 PM will be seen on Saturday at 5 PM.


At 8:28 AM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Defining David said...

I just a wrote a big post about this on my site. I am just glad WB42 is going to pick up the show. Also, a quote from my entry:

The interesting part will be when/if The Book of Daniel becomes a success, I gaurantee you KARK will come crawling back and start airing the show. They will only stand by their position as long as they don’t think it’s costing them money.

At 9:56 AM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

WB42 must have had its highest ratings ever when Tamara Henry was on recently. Wasn't she great? Nice to see big-market talent around here.

At 10:43 AM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont need the General Manager of a TV station censoring for me! Let viewers exercise their choice by using the remote control if they don't like the shows.

At 11:22 AM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The content sounds awesome. Sounds like the Sales Managers at KTHV.

At 1:43 PM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen the will not be a success. It's a poor attempt to copy Desperate Housewives.

At 2:50 PM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you mix life's issues and debased morals with religion in a way that basically makes fun of it, it will not fly with most people, especially in the south. That's why KARK has said enough is enough. I'm glad someone will do that.
And for those of you who enjoy that kind of debauchery, you have your option with WB. Go for it.

At 2:53 PM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is KNWA still running it?

At 3:08 PM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes KNWA is running the NBC show. It's important to note that KARK contacted WB and asked if they wanted the program. KARK didn't have to do that. It was a good effort to keep the show airing in Arkansas.

At 3:25 PM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I all I can say is..."Talkin' John Birch Paranoid Blues"

At 4:11 PM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't suprise me that Krile's WB42 would air this trash. After all, they are the flagship station of "Confessions Live!"

At 5:07 PM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two NBC affiliates throw book at 'Daniel'

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Two NBC affiliates in Arkansas and Indiana are turning the page on upcoming series "The Book of Daniel," which has been drawing criticism for its portrayal of Christianity.

The series depicts an Episcopalian minister, played by Aidan Quinn, struggling with an addiction to Vicodin, among other problems in his diocese. Jesus is actually a character on the series, depicted in imagined conversations with the minister.

Last month, the conservative American Familuy Assn. began calling on affiliates and advertisers to bail out of "Daniel." Many stations have been flooded with e-mails and calls from viewers objecting to the series.

KARK-TV in Little Rock, Ark., and WTWO-TV in Terre Haute, Ind., announced Wednesday they would pre-empt "Daniel," when it premieres Friday at 9 p.m. Both are owned by Nexstar Broadcasting Group,

KARK-TV declined to air "Daniel" citing "careful consideration" of viewer feedback. Little Rock's WB affiliate, KWBF-TV, will air "Daniel" instead.

However, WTWO general manager Duane Lammers said he is not pre-empting "Daniel" due to its content but rather to protest what he views as the networks' strong-arm approach to affiliates, as well inconsistent federal oversight of indecent content.

"This has nothing to do with the program and has nothing to do with the AFA," Lammers said. "I think the system is screwed up. I think the network thinks we are going to do whatever they tell us to do. I think the regulatory environment is flawed."

The network stands by the series, according to Vivi Zigler, executive vp current programming at NBC Entertainment, who cautioned not to judge the series on the basis of promotions for the show.

"People are reacting based on not having seen it," she said. "They're seeing the advertising, not seeing what the core of the show is."

Jack Kenny, executive producer of "Daniel," dismissed claims that the series is anti-Christian. "We are not in any way satirizing Christianity or Jesus," he said. "It's done with love, honoring those things."

But Lammers isn't taking exception with "Daniel." Rather, he is using the pre-emption to air multiple grievances with industry practice -- especially network-affiliate relations.

"In the last few years, the networks have responded in a unilateral manner in their treatment of affiliates, whether it's about compensation, exclusivity or other issues," he said. "I am now reaffirming my right to treat them unilaterally."

Lammers also decried what he sees as a double standard in the lack of content regulation regarding cable. "I'm saying the regulatory atmosphere is unfair," he said. "If this gives me a chance to talk about it, that's fair."

WTWO is alone so far in its pre-emption of "Daniel," but other affiliates wrestled with the decision.

"There's been an enormous amount of discussion about the show," said Steve Poulsen, vp marketing at KSL-TV, NBC's affiliate in Salt Lake City. "This one happens to have religious overtones to it and is causing a little stir. We determined on this one to let the viewers determine the success or failure of this show."

KSL, which caters to a heavily Mormon viewership, has not been shy about joining the small group of stations that have pre-empted NBC programming in the recent past. Among the NBC series that have been yanked in recent years, include "Coupling," "God, the Devil and Bob," and "Stressed Eric."

Lammers, who also serves as executive vp and chief operating officer of WTWO parent company Nexstar Broadcasting Group, is known for taking aggressive stands on behalf of his company. He pulled multiple Nexstar-owned stations off Cox Communications and Cable One cable systems for most of 2005 in order to negotiate cash for carriage -- an unprecedented arrangement. Both operators settled with Nexstar late last year.

WTVO, which is the 150th-largest television market in the U.S., will air theatrical "Simon Birch" instead of back-to-back episodes of "Daniel."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

© Copyright Reuters Ltd. All rights reserved. The information contained In this news report may not be published, broadcast or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of Reuters Ltd.

At 6:12 PM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly how many complaints did KARK get before pulling the plug? 5? 10? 100? And were they all from viewers in Arkansas?

And to the previous poster ... if you're going to violate copyright laws by copy and pasting an entire article at least don't copy and paste the freaking copyright graph.

At 7:10 PM, January 05, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over 10,000 emails and calls.

At 8:59 AM, January 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The show won't be a success.

At 8:59 AM, January 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tamara Henry shows these medium-market people how to do it.

At 9:10 AM, January 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know all the LR media women couldn't be happy... knowing they had all taken one step down on the talent and looks ladder. Tamara is the best... too bad LR can't afford her.

At 11:52 AM, January 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

NBC should disaffliate all Nexstar owned stations because of Duane Lammers arrangance

No wonder NBC's ratings have been in the toliet the past couple of years with such weak stations.

At 12:56 PM, January 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disaffliate ???????

Arrangance ????????

At 12:59 PM, January 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are in Southeast Arkansas and don't have the dish, KTVE channel 10 in Monroe/El Dorado is airing Book of Daniel tonight. Confirmed just minutes ago.

At 1:34 PM, January 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Book of Daniel will be canceled this season.... you can take that as gospel.

At 4:05 PM, January 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, the real book of Daniel will live on throughout the part of the gospel. You'll get more out of reading it anyway.

At 4:14 PM, January 06, 2006, Blogger Marla said...

Why is it so hard for people to just ignore what they don't like? It's not that hard to use a remote control!

At 6:20 PM, January 06, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's called temptation. If it's there, they'll view it just to see what it's about. Then one thing leads to another as the mind is the battleground. Plus, do you want your 10 year old to view it and get an even more twisted view of society? They usually don't ignore anything.

At 1:59 AM, January 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone see that show KARK put in its place? Tracy Douglass was AWESOME! The features on the producer, the coffee shop owner and Steve Landers were so compelling -- especially the Landers commercial during his segment. WAY TO GO CHANNEL 4! You made a very good decision. Keep it up!


At 2:42 AM, January 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seriously, what did KARK show in place of TBOD??? I was still at work before 10pm

At 11:15 AM, January 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, they really went the extra mile. Travelled all the way to the studio to interview a producer that no one knows. Even better, they went all the way downstairs in their building to interview the owner of a deli. WOW. It was so insightful.

At 11:19 AM, January 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just so you know.. KARK staffers told me they weren't told they were doing a show until two days before it aired. I thought it was funny they mentioned in the show that it was going to get better. Maybe they should just stick to doing the news and weather. That's what they do best. Surely there's some show they could have plugged in there.

At 12:43 PM, January 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two comments...Remember in the mid-1990's when 40/29 GM watched NYPD Blue and decided not to air it on his station (family own then); then the next year when the stations contract was up with ABC...ABC force them to air NYPD Blue instead of re-runs of Star Trek...could this happen to KARK. Also as someone that goes to church...I thought the "Book of Dainel" was great! It made fun of normal life and that life does involved the church.

At 12:53 PM, January 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The show wasn't offensive. I've seen KARK air much worse.

At 1:10 PM, January 07, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

KARK is alot like this blog, the first ammendment only applies if they agree with what is being said.

At 10:10 PM, January 07, 2006, Anonymous Deb said...

I, as a moderate to liberal christian (yes we do exist) am disgusted at the neo-cons bullying tactics. I thought the AR Dem Gaz article on the thing was rather interesting, particularly since the ministers all said they would have preferred to see it before making a decision on whether it was offensive or not. I like how the one person says you can go watch it on WB now so, basically, shut up. Well, why not leave it on NBC and YOU can go watch some other channel. Every channel runs crap, but crap is in the eye of the beholder. What I think is crap may not be to another viewer. The General Manager told me that whomever screams the loudest will win, essentially. So until folks who are not bullying neo-cons get off their butts and make their opinions known to KARK, they will continue to make choices for us. By the way, if you are concerned about what your 10 year old might see - turn off the tv and read to him or are you just too darn lazy to do that because YOU want to watch tv.

At 2:33 PM, January 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they could air reruns of a highly moral program like Seinfeld or Friends during that slot.

At 7:17 PM, January 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully they will replace it with more innocuous programming like the "Brokeback MOuntain Power Hour".

At 9:06 PM, January 09, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know... how about Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh in a cage match... now that would be great tv.


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