Despite a previous commitment made by the network, NBC has rejected former MTV vice-president David Janollari’s “supernatural” series Conception
– a program which had the potential to offend millions of Christians.
Originally announced as a “supernatural mystery drama,” Conception
would have “tracked a modern-day immaculate conception on a large scale,” then followed the experiences of the various children and “shown how they’re destined to change the world.”
As the PTC previously noted
, the program would have been produced by David Janollari, the man behind such sexually-explicit, teen-targeted programs as MTV’s Skins
, which was so vile that the Washington Post
called it “a repugnant, irredeemably nihilistic viewing experience [and] a new frontier in phoniness and filth”; The Hard Times of RJ Berger
, an entire series about the size of a teenage boy’s genitals; I Just Want My Pants Back
, about sex-crazed twentysomethings; and several other similarly unsavory series. This is the person who NBC once – but no longer – was comfortable with producing a religiously-based drama.
Though news sources speculate
that the reason Conception
was abandoned is that its premise is too similar to the upcoming miniseries Heroes: Reborn
, an equally likely estimation is that the large amount of negative publicity surrounding the upcoming movie Noah
– to which many Christians have objected due to the movie’s deviation from Biblical sources – and the popularity of the reverent movie Son of God
convinced NBC that attempting to draw in Christians with a seemingly religious premise, and then offending them, is not the way to achieve success.