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‘Daniel’ Pre-Empted in Another Market

Jan 19, 2006  •  Post A Comment

NBC’s “The Book of Daniel” has taken another pre-emptive hit from a Nexstar Broadcasting-owned affiliate refusing to carry the midseason series about a pill-popping priest (Aidan Quinn) whose Episcopal flock includes a surfeit of black sheep. The show, which debuted Jan. 6, has only three episodes remaining.

“Daniel” will be pre-empted on KNWA-TV and KFTA-TV, which are based in Fayetteville, Ark., and operate together to serve the northwest part of the state. Blake Russell, the VP and general manager of the stations, posted a statement on the KNWA/KFTA Web site that said the decision to stop carrying the series was made “after viewing the latest episode and continued passionate feedback from our community.”

Equity Broadcasting-owned UPN affiliate KFDF-TV will pick up the remaining three installments of “Daniel” and carry it on Friday nights in the market, an NBC spokeswoman said.

The pre-emption in Arkansas means that a total of eight NBC affiliates, four of them owned by Nexstar, are not carrying “Daniel” and that 2.41 percent of the U.S. TV universe will be unable to see the series.