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Taking on NBC: Chester Couple Airs Own "Book of Daniel"

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That afternoon, the pair called RICH-TV staff, and on Monday the Moores got the OK. The prospect of putting a half-hour live show together in four days was daunting, Kim Moore says, but they soon assembled a lineup of pastors and Christian music groups. "Amazing things are happening," she says.

Moore hasn't watched the NBC show, but she takes issue with its troubled characters, who are "over the top," and with the character of Jesus, who shows up at intervals to talk with the priest. "He's kind of like a therapist, rather than God," she says.

The Moores' show, scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Jan. 13, 20 and 27, will focus on the biblical Book of Daniel, which tells the story of Daniel, his companions and their trials during the reign of the Babylonians.

Daniel and his friends "stood for what they believed was right in the face of cultural pressure," says Pastor Jeff Ginn of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, who will appear as a guest on the local show Jan. 20. "In a sense," he says of the Moores, "they may be modern day Daniels themselves."

The local NBC affiliate, NBC 12, has received "quite a few" calls and e-mails about "The Book of Daniel," says General Manager Don Richards. "It ranges from, 'This is an attack on Christianity,'" he says, "to the other extreme, which is, 'This is a breath of fresh air.'" The outraged comments outnumber the positive ones, he says.

Richmond viewers will have to decide Friday what makes better TV fare: apocalyptic dreams and a den of lions, or a codeine-addicted priest using Mob connections to recover stolen school money.

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