What Could Go Wrong? CBS Orders Sitcom on ‘Living Biblically’

CBS has ordered a new pilot called Living Koranically. It’s about a “modern-day man who, at a crossroads in his life, decides to live life according to” the Koran. The comedy will revolve around the main character’s bumbling attempts at honor killings and conversions by the sword even as he tries to get his mother and sister to don burqas and convinces himself that Jewish acquaintances are apes. One running gag will focus on his unsuccessfully trying to lure a gay neighbor to the roof of their apartment building so he can hurl him off. The jokes just write themselves!

Except, of course, that there is no sitcom pilot about living strictly by the Koran. That would take courage to buck political correctness (not to mention angering people with a penchant for beheadings.) The pilot is actually called Living Biblically, and it stars Johnny Galecki from TV’s longest–running sex joke, The Big Bang Theory. The holy book of Jews and Christians as a source of comedy? What could go wrong?

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The Hollywood Reporter says that the pilot is part of a new trend in TV. Somebody in Hollywood noticed a strange species – one that resides outside gluten-free hipster enclaves.

Living Biblically arrives as broadcast networks have been re-evaluating their programming this pilot season. Dramas and comedies that appeal to the heartland — i.e. parts of Trump America that may have been underserved on the small screen — have been among this season's hottest trends. Of those pickups, military dramas (and comedies) have been hot as well as religious programming. ABC has drama The Gospel of Kevin, which follows a down-on-his-luck guy who is tasked by God with a mission to save the world, and NBC has drama For God and Country, which explores personal sacrifices of the members of the military.

Sounds good, but it’s hard to create content for people you didn’t know existed before November 9. Their language and primitive culture and beliefs (including the Sky God their Bible thingy is always on about) are completely foreign. Authenticity may be hard to achieve.

But in the end, that doesn’t matter. Hollywood knows it’s audience – Hollywood. And if you tick off some Christians, well, what are they gonna do, cut your head off?


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