Finding Jesus is a big moment in any person’s life. Millions have experienced this powerful spiritual moment, but your evening television program probably has not. But on one episode of the ‘90s TGIF hit Family Matters, the lovably irksome Steve Q. Urkel bucks tradition, finds faith in the Lord, and puts a little extra meaning … Continue reading
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Loss and Success on Grey’s
The birth of an impossible baby, giving sight to the blind, and the death of a firstborn son. Amidst these storylines, Grey’s Anatomy gave their faithful viewers perhaps the most honest and relatable spiritual episode the show has seen in its 11 seasons. And it did so with more poignancy than most primetime shows would … Continue reading
Will your faith survive The Leftovers?
Is your faith strong enough to withstand tragedy? Or perhaps, is it flexible enough? What if you are forced to admit that it does not provide you all of the answers, or that some of the answers you had may have been wrong? Will you reject your former beliefs and scorn those who do not? … Continue reading
Christmas in the 1960s (in July!)
Snow falls, Santa dons his red coat, and a would-be Scrooge learns to appreciate “the spirit of Christmas.” These tropes warm the hearts of viewers as they cozy up on their couches to watch the holiday classics of the 1960s (all-year-‘round, thanks to cable TV syndication!). According to a new study, though, something has always … Continue reading
The Good Wife keeps its Faith: More religion coming in Season 5?
Competing with the ratings-busting series finale of AMC’s acclaimed Breaking Bad, CBS’s The Good Wife proved once again that its writers are among the best in the business. In the season 5 premiere watched by nearly 9 million viewers, the drama, wit, and legal intrigue were out in full force. Along with them was a … Continue reading
Project Runway respects Mormon fashion taste [RM QuickPost]
“One day you’re in and the next day you’re out!” Project Runway’s Heidi Klum says. Respect for religious modesty was IN on Thursday night as the show honored the taste level of Mormon superfan-turned-challenge-model Tristen. Designer Justin LeBlanc gave Tristen Seal of Sachse TX a modest but fashionable dress in the “real women” challenge, with … Continue reading
Swing and a Miss? Will Sleepy Hollow Connect?
The Fall 2013 TV season starts with a bang this week.. or perhaps with a slice. A slice from the Headless Horseman’s broadaxe to be specific. FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, premiering in its Monday 9pm timeslot, has the potential to be an interesting reimagining of Washington Irving’s classic and gripping legend. If not handled well by … Continue reading
Avoidance or Aggression: The Newsroom’s Religion Beat
Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom has hit its second season stride, with a captivating storyline for serious viewers of the clever show. In the August 18 episode “One Step Too Many,” the sarin gas story heats up, but it’s another small in-episode mini-story that offers a troubling look at the routine business of the news – … Continue reading
Sharing #TheBible? High-Profile Tweets Support The History Channel’s Religious Program
Millions tuned in for The History Channel’s landmark mini-series The Bible. Produced by Touched By an Angel’s Roma Downey and her husband, television giant Mark Burnett, the show’s steady viewership proves yet again the draw that religious content has for American viewers. Yet while “The Bible” was a big success, it may actually be “#TheBible” … Continue reading
Soulful Idols: Religious Affirmation on American Idol
Though at times they’ve looked for laughs when contestants have claimed to hear the “voice of God,” FOX’s American Idol openly embraced the Spirit as it wrapped its season 12 time in Vegas and moved back to LA. Demonstrating the power of song to move an audience and the potential for television to transcend itself, the success … Continue reading