According to Deadline dot com, after the November 2016 presidential election, broadcast networks vowed (both publicly and privately) to better reflect the lives and values of people in the Heartland (formerly "Flyover States"). The two hottest themes this pilot season were military dramas and religious projects, they said.
Series co-stars include:
Series co-stars include:
Camryn Manheim, David Krumholtz, Ian Gomez, Tony Rock and Lindsey Kraft
Some of the superstars of the secular world (vets of Seinfeld, Gilmore Girls and yes Celebrity Deathmatch) have united to bring you love and devotion to…. Wait for it…
Wait some more… THE BIBLE (FANFARE HERE).
For example, take the new TV show called “By the Book,” based on a non-fiction book by AJ Jacobs called, “The Year of Living Biblically.” Friday Oct. 6th, the 168 family will attend a live taping of the show “By the Book.”
Reserve your spot here (Deadline Thursday, Oct. 5 at 10 AM).
I have to wonder if this is a sign that Hollywood has got religion or have they just run out of ideas. We are going in with low expectations, either way, we cheer them on!
Veterans of Seinfeld, Gilmore Girls and Celebrity Deathmatch have turned theologian, chapter and verse. Here are our unlikely heroes.
Producer Patricia Fass Palmer has produced 43 shows on tv including 132 episodes of Gilmore Girls from 2001–2007, 38 episodes of the The Odd Couple Reboot and 63 episodes of One Day at a Time Reboot 2015–2017 (as producer or UPM).
Director Andy Ackerman has directed 72 TV shows including Seinfeld (1994-1998), The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006-2010) and Wings (1991-1994).
AJ Jacobs wrote the non-fiction-ish book, in which he tries to live in accordance with the Bible's teachings as close as possible for an entire year while working at Esquire. Jacobs is famous for Celebrity Deathmatch (1999-2002) and My Life As an Experiment (2011). Writer Sophia Lear has wrtten many episodes of New Girl (TV Series) – Writer (executive story editor) ( 22 episodes, 2016–2017). Writer Patrick Walsh is famous for producing and writing on 2 Broke Girls (2011-2017) | Rob & Big (2007-2008) | Outsourced (2010-2011).
Jacobs’ book, “The Year of Living Biblically” is about a man’s quest to attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. This leads him to immerse himself in prayer, tend sheep in the Israeli desert and tell the absolute truth in all situations—much to his wife’s chagrin.
Throughout the book, Jacobs also embeds himself in a cross-section of communities that take the Bible literally. He tours a Kentucky-based creationist museum and sings hymns with Pennsylvania Amish. He dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn and does Scripture study with Jehovah’s Witnesses. He discovers ancient biblical wisdom of startling relevance. He wrestles with seemingly archaic rules that baffle the twenty-first-century brain.