Friday, January 06, 2006

although we know the REAL Rev. Daniel Webster

We watched the "Book of Daniel" anyway.

It's really a soap opera, isn't it? It's like watching "Desperate Housewives," but with Almy instead of couture.

And by the way, why is the Bishop always at Daniel's church? And why was she vested in white when he was in green? And how many bishops are in that diocese anyway? And are any of them NOT sleeping with each other?

And where were the committee meetings?

Must be nice to have staff to fix "Sunday dinner" rather than our usual glassy-eyed collapse into some restaurant seat somewhere.


At 10:54 PM, Blogger Annie said...

They used a real person's name?

While I think it is going to be a fun show to look forward to, I have some reservations besides your own observation about dope popping, bed hopping bishops. I would like to see something that is ... well ... at least slightly reminiscent of churchy type things, like well rounded individuals, you know? Not total sinners ... just normal everyday sinners.

At 8:55 AM, Blogger Emily said...

I suspect normal everyday sinners don't play as well for the networks.

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Charlotte said...

*snork* Great, the admission of women to the episcopate is just more soap opera fodder for them and lets them avoid the sticky question of TEH GAY ON PRIME TIME TV.

Committee meetings, well, they aren't good teevee unless there are all these ... other tensions. *roll eyes*

Re "Sunday dinner" - in our discussion on the Ship of Fools forums about megachurches that were cancelling services on Christmas Sunday "for staff to spend time with their families", someone who goes to a large church was arguing for cancellation (which his church had done) and mentioned that among the hordes of volunteers were people who brought food in for the other volunteers.

I only usually spend one day a month pulling an all-morning (7:30-12:30) but I did feel a momentary "that would be nice". The closest I get is sneaking out during my second hearing of the sermon and helping myself from the coffee hour setup.

At 2:03 PM, Blogger Cathy said...

I watched the program last night and my, how much dysfunction can you pack in an hour? And on top of it, we certainly don't have a corner on the market of all of those issues in our tradition.

Makes you wonder what others will think of our tradition - especially those that take tv for Gospel and believe everything they see.
Made my heart a little sad to watch it last night.

At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I kept thinking, "Why can't they just hire an Episcopal priest to be one the set and say things like, 'You have your Chasuble on backwards,' and 'The bishop never hangs around this much.'"

Otherwise, it was entertaining. It's trying way too hard to be edgy, but at least it's a slightly more honest portrayal of clergy life than Seventh Heaven.

-- Tim in Baltimore

At 7:37 PM, Blogger erin said...

and why did everyone call him "Reverend" instead of "Father"?

i liked it for what it was - fictional entertainment. i got some good laughs. there were a few things i didn't like - but i'm a huge fan of "desparate housewives" and i'm always thinking, "ewww, how sleazy!" at parts of THAT show, so why should i expect any different of this one? (then again, i DON'T take tv for Gospel) i'm thinking about live-blogging my way through this Friday's episode so i don't forget what i liked/disliked when it comes time to post.


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