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More Stations Refuse to Carry NBC’s ‘Daniel’

Jan 6, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The blackout of NBC’s “The Book of Daniel” spread to three more small markets Friday.

Refusing to carry the debut of the drama are a third Nexstar Broadcasting Group-owned NBC affiliate, KBTV-TV in Beaumont, Texas; Global Communications-owned WGBC-TV in Meridien, Miss., and WTVA-TV in Tupelo, Miss.

Tupelo is home of the American Family Association. The AFA is among the groups protesting that “Daniel” is demeaning to Christianity. The series stars Aidan Quinn as a painkiller-popping minister and patriarch of a flawed family,

Earlier this week Nexstar’s KARK-TV in Little Rock, Ark., and WTWO-TV in Terre Haute, Ind., announced that due to protests they would not broadcast “Daniel.”

An NBC spokesperson said that as of Friday afternoon that less than 0.5 percent of the U.S. TV universe would be affected by the local blackouts.

WGBC station manager Susan Ross said she would fill tonight’s two-hour time slot with “Star Trek: Enterprise” and an Olympics-themed special “Reflections off the Ice.” She said the “Daniel” hour in the future will be filled with an assortment of content.

Ms. Ross said she was remaining “neutral” but had previewed the series pilot and could see how some people might be offended.

A message left for KBTV-TV general manager Van Greer was not immediately returned. The Friday night scheduled posted on the station’s Web site still listed “Daniel” from 8 to 10 p.m. (CT).

In Little Rock, WB affiliate KWBF-TV is picking up “Daniel’s” debut and hoping to carry the series after running The WB’s prime-time lineup on future Fridays.