Comedy Central has a show in the pipelines for the future that may perk some ears up:
A half-hour animated show about JC (Jesus Christ) wanting to escape his father’s enormous shadow and to live life in NYC as a regular guy. A lot has changed in 2000 years and he is the ultimate fish out of water. Meanwhile his all-powerful yet apathetic father would rather be playing video games than listening to JC recount his life in the city. JC is a playful take on religion and society with a sprinkle of dumb. Executive produced by Reveille (“The Office”), Henrik Basin, Brian Boyle (“American Dad”), Jonathan Sjoberg and Andreas Ohman.
Isn’t this the same station that censored the image/mention of Muhammad on South Park for unnamed (but easy to think of) reasons? Doesn’t this show have the potential to be far more offensive to most people that the image/mention of Muhammad ever would have been?
When asked if the show might draw some fire, especially coming on the heels of the network’s decision to censor the Muslim faith’s religious figure on “South Park,” [head of original programming Kent] Alterman said its too early in the show’s development to be concerned about such matters.
“We don’t even know what the show is yet,” he said.
I would assume, though, that jokes about religion would be a big part of it.
It’s this sort of attitude that frustrates Christians and cedes victory to radical Muslims: They’re potentially violent, so let’s stay away from them… and we’ll stick to making fun of Christianity.
But here’s my guess as to what will happen if this show gets made.
Christians will boycott it without having even seen an episode.
They will raise awareness of the program and the media frenzy around it will be huge leading up to the show’s debut.
There will be huge ratings that first night. And if the show is actually funny/smart, it’ll last. Most shows don’t do that, but a select few do.
Would I watch? Maybe if JC had a best friend named Mo…
(via Kate Shellnutt)