Sharing #TheBible? High-Profile Tweets Support The History Channel’s Religious Program
Television

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
Music / Television

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

Boy Meets Cult: Quick Religion on Boy Meets World (#TBT)
ReRuns / Television

Boy Meets Cult: Quick Religion on Boy Meets World (#TBT)

With the Disney Channel reviving the popular ABC sitcom-darling Boy Meets World through its much-anticipated sequel Girl Meets World, the original show (currently in rerun syndication) has nostalgically regained a bit of its social cachet.  In one episode of interest, “Cult Fiction” from ‘97 (online HERE; stream it on Amazon), a lonely and belief-less Shawn Hunter … Continue reading

No God at the #Grammys?: Religious Music and the Prime Time Recording Academy
Music / Television

No God at the #Grammys?: Religious Music and the Prime Time Recording Academy

Religious music is a huge industry.  It has global fan bases that react viscerally to its messages and tunes, bringing in over a half-billion dollars a year in record sales alone.  Yet it was not a part of Sunday’s three-and-a-half hour prime time Grammy Award presentation.  Peculiar. TV’s “biggest night in music” hosted by CBS … Continue reading

This Isn’t ‘Six Flags Over Flushing’: Spielberg’s Animaniacs and Mocking the Devil
ReRuns / Television

This Isn’t ‘Six Flags Over Flushing’: Spielberg’s Animaniacs and Mocking the Devil

The Warner Brothers (and the Warner Sister) did a good deal to chart what it means to be irreverently funny in television animation.  Before Comedy Central’s “South Park” and FOX’s “Family Guy” took the post-Al Bundy television cue of crudeness and sacrilege to new heights (er, depths?), the Animaniacs gave viewers a full helping of … Continue reading

The Baby will be Catholic!: Downton Abbey and the challenge of religious talk
Television

The Baby will be Catholic!: Downton Abbey and the challenge of religious talk

Western society has never been very good at discussing religion.  It’s “not polite,” many say, when really they mean that most people are not able to talk about religious differences without quarrelling.  The surprise international/public television smash, “Downton Abbey” gave it a try, craftily portraying much of what we already know: most people aren’t very … Continue reading