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  1. What would you say is the difference between the terminologies?
  2. Absolutely right! Who calls something Christian depends entirely on what they want to gain from labling it. A secular filmmaker or publicist wouldn't dare call something Christian unless they wanted that particular audience to buy tickets. Even then, they might hesitate because it commits them to a standard they may not want to subscribe to (many Christians won't watch it if it isn't doctrinally "sound," according to them anyway, or it may be categorized in a genre associated with poor production quality). A Christian filmmaker or publicist absolutely would call it that, because that is their target demographic and they obviously want to include their primary demographic in their marketing. A movie critic could go either way. If they don't want people to support it because they honestly disagree with the premise or feel that their faith is being misrepresented (to which you make a good point-- "their" faith, not the faith of the entire Christian community, which has largely differing views on hundreds of topics besides eschatology - take Heaven Is For Real, for example), then they may call it "not Christian." OR if they feel it reaches into some segment of the Christian population that will connect with it (like Pre-Trib folks), they may say it is.
  3. Ken, this is a really excellent piece of work. I appreciate your insight into the various critical styles. I especially like this quote, "The perfect Christian film was once described to me by a studio executive as one that faith audiences saw as explicitly directed towards them but that non-faith audiences would be comfortable viewing and not feel excluded from. Whether such a film even theoretically existed was–and is–an open question. The executive’s use of the metaphor for a “sweet spot” on a baseball bat indicated that if it did, its balance between announcing and hiding its faith focus would be a delicate one."
  4. That's cool! Sometimes I forget that people read my stuff. Ha! Seriously, sometimes with the internet, you write something and you send it out into the electronic abyss, half expecting no one to ever come across it. I know that HJ gets lots of readers, but I forget that means they also read MY stuff! Quirky, I guess. Maybe that's the difference between internet writing and book writing - at least with books, you can tell how many folks are actually picking the thing up! Anyway, hope you enjoyed the article. I think the show is outstandingly written. I am doing some research on the screenwriting format for Television, so it's going to be fun to check out the story structure in a sitcom. I've never done it before. I think Earl will be the perfect comedic environment to watch it play out!
  5. BTW, I will be gone this weekend, but I still want to hear any feedback you guys are willing to offer!! From what you're saying, though, sounds like the publishers are right on...
  6. I have seen that book and even listed it in the comparable materials section of my book proposal. I think I've seen them all! I did a lot of research to make sure I did my due diligence, but there is one out there that's really similar to mine. And maybe that's the problem. The only difference woudl be a different point of reference, and a different writing style. But thanks for suggesting it!! I've had a few folks e-mail me one that's coming out soon called, Passionate Housewives Desperate for Christ. Or something like that... It looks pretty good, but it's not about the show. I'll PM you about the presses as soon as I figure out how to do a PM!
  7. I know that it had a definite downhill slide last year, but I liked the last couple of episodes last year, and the season premiere this year. I haven't seen the other two yet as I joined another soccer league on Sunday afternoons. I know most viewers get bored with plots that seem contrived, and men in particular have a short tolerance for silly drama. What about the women you know? Has it retained that audience at least? Anyone's wives still watching? Thanks for your comments! That's good information to have in hand.
  8. Well, alright! Cool! I wasn't sure if that's taboo, since I work for them. Is that kinda like promoting your work? It's certainly not intended as such. Just an easy way to say what I wanted to say in the first place. Here's the link: My Name is Earl Review Looking forward to joining in the discussion finally!! Been hearing about you guys for years now from the HJ folks...
  9. I know this is an old post, but I couldn't figure out how to start a new one... I'm currently writing a book on this show, but wanted to find out what others thought about the marketability of such an endeavor (not a moralistic perspective on the content, but an upbeat, take the best from the show and run with it kind of attitude). I have had two turn-downs by publishers, but I really feel called to write it. Nevertheless, I thought I'd ask - Does anyone think the show has lost it's "buzz?" I know it had a weak second half of the season last year, but it seemed to have picked up this year. Anyone agree, disagree? Thoughts? Has it gotten better, or at least retained its viewership?
  10. Michael - Interesting comments on being a shepherd! Great perspective. I love the show too!! I loved it so much, I did a review of it on Hollywood Jesus. I don't think we can post links here, but the review says everything I felt about it. From my perspective, Earl always takes things one step further than he actually "has" to. He's on a true journey to learn, not just to right the wrongs of his past. It's kinda like the difference between being a disciple of Christ who wants to learn, and striving to do the minimum right thing in order to obtain salvation (as if it could be earned). And it's funny as all get-out too!! I just love it!!
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