Esquire magazine editor AJ Jacobs’ book, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to follow the Bible as Literally as Possible won awards, and at one point, there was talk of Brad Pitt optioning it as a feature film. Instead, CBS has introduced its Living Biblically TV show as a half-hour comedy. Now it is on a mission to find the holy grail of broadcast network television — a sizable, devout audience. Will Living Biblically be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
A fictional CBS sitcom inspired by a real-life venture, Living Biblically stars Jay R. Ferguson, Lindsey Kraft, Ian Gomez, David Krumholtz, Tony Rock, and Camryn Manheim. The sitcom centers on Chip Curry (Ferguson), a film critic for an NYC newspaper. After the death of his best friend, Chip decides to live a better life, through strict adherence to biblical precepts. Fortunately, he has the support of his good-humored allies: wife Leslie (Kraft); the “God Squad” (Gomez and Krumholtz); and his colleagues (Manheim and Rock). As he sets out on his journey, Chip wonders if the results will be of biblical proportions.
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What do you think? Do you like the Living Biblically TV series? Should it be cancelled or renewed for a second season on CBS?