Well, it’s that time of year again. The sun is out, birds are singing, and broadcast television is sifting through a new generation of TV shows hoping to find the next big hit. Many networks have already teased a few glimpses of their upcoming projects, but which ones should Christians know about?
As is tradition here at Crosswalk, the following is an assembled list of upcoming programs Christian viewers should be aware of. Some are here because they look good, some because they look bad, but all of them deserve of a closer look.
Here’s everything you need to know about ten new shows coming your way.
*(Image Credit: ABC)
1. By the Book (CBS)
What’s it About: Based on the bestselling book The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs, By the Book centers on an everyday man (Jay R. Ferguson) who decides to start living according to the Bible. The twist? He doesn’t just keep the better-known rules like speaking honestly and giving to charity, he also adopts the more obscure laws such as calling the days of the week by their ordinal numbers to avoid voicing the names of pagan gods, playing a 10-string harp, growing a hipster beard, and eating crickets.
Why Christians Should Care: If done right, By the Book could be an excellent show for starting conversations about faith. Watching the lead character wrestle with scripture and his modern identity could be refreshing for viewers, and it’s fun to laugh at the more awkward quirks of Christian culture. Either way, the Bible will be front and center, which means Christians will be watching.
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