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The Book of Daniel

Two unaired episodes from the NBC family drama that fell victim to a Christian letter-writing campaign, bad reviews, and dismal ratings and was canceled after only three weeks. If you're going to write a show about a drug-addicted Episcopalian priest (Aidan Quinn) and his messed-up family, you have to do better than this. The treatment of social issues—gay bashing, Alzheimer's disease—is drearily PC, and the sincere Christian philosophizing that was supposed to provide some cover from the religious right is clumsily handled (Quinn periodically raps with a Jesus who looks like Terry Gilliam in a Monty Python sketch). Adam Bernstein and Michael Fields each directed an episode; with Susanna Thompson, Dylan Baker, Ellen Burstyn, and James Rebhorn. 90 min.

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