Well, it’s pilot season, and over at the beleaguered Peacock, the potential new offerings are rolling in. NBC has expressed excitement about three new one-hours, “The Book of Daniel”, “World of Trouble”, and “The E-Ring.”
“The Book of Daniel” features a pill-popping priest gone who has visions of, you guessed it, Jesus. Even crazier is that Jesus appears as a “contemporary, cool” hepcat, sort of like Dean Stockwell in Quantum Leap. NBC topper Kevin Reilly says that he’s mucho excited for this pilot because it’s really fresh and provocative. Well, I guess it’s fresh for everyone who’s never seen Joan of Arcadia. We’ll just have to assume this version of the God sidekick drama will be shot with grainy filters and shaky cameras. You know, like Fastlane and Skin. Yeah, that’s some fresh shit.
Other “fresh” pilots include two dramas centering on global terrorism. Oh good. I was afraid that the untimely cancelations of The Agency, Threat Matrix, and Line of Fire might mean we wouldn’t have any more generic terrorist dramas thrown our way. The first pilot, “World of Trouble” is just begging for ridicule. Luckily, the producers changed the name from previous titles, “Globe of Badness” and “Planet of Pesky Problems.” As for “E-Ring”, it seems as though producers are hoping the addition of “ing” to “ER” will somehow yield high ratings. The series is not to be confused with “Earring”, a terrorist drama taking place in the jewelry sector.
For more information on NBC’s burgeoning pilot load, check out the Reuters article here. And for those of you wondering, I found this Jesus Freshmaker pic after I had named the post. Imagine my glee.