I watched the premiere of NBC’s new show “The Book of Daniel” last night. Afterward I thought it seemed like a combination of television shows I’ve seen before:
1. ‘Desperate Housewives’ (continuing storyline about upper middle class people with all sorts of messy little problems they are trying to hide or avoid while acting as if nothing is wrong)
2. ‘Soap’ (black housekeeper who observes everything, family members who are crazy, gays, marital infidelity, mafia, priests)
3. ‘Joan of Arcadia’ (protagonist of show sees and talks with higher religious authority)
4. ‘House’ (this is sort of a stretch but I did notice right away that Daniel, like House, likes to constantly pop pain pills. The difference is Daniel shares his)
I gave up watching ‘Housewives’ after the first season because I prefer shows which wrap up after each episode and answers/resolves most of the issues that were raised in that episode’s plot. ‘Soap’ was a program I fondly remember thru a haze of “smoke” during my final year in college. ‘Joan’ I just simply miss and don’t think ‘Daniel’ will be a suitable replacement. Guess I’ll still be reading more on Friday nights.