Living Biblically

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Living Biblically
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Genre
Based on The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs
Developed by Patrick Walsh
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Original release February 26 (2018-02-26) – July 21, 2018 (2018-07-21)
External links
Website

Living Biblically is an American sitcom television series created by Patrick Walsh and produced by Johnny Galecki, with co-executive producers Andrew Haas, Spencer Medof, and director Andy Ackerman. The series was based on A. J. Jacobs' best-selling book, The Year of Living Biblically. The Warner Bros. Television-produced series began airing on CBS on February 26, 2018.[1] On May 11, 2018, CBS canceled the series after one season.[2][3] The series aired the remaining episodes from July 7 until July 21, 2018.

Plot[edit]

The series chronicles a married film critic and expectant father's decision to improve his life by living according to the Bible, literally, after the death of his best friend.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Jay R. Ferguson as Chip Curry, a film critic for a newspaper who decides to improve his life by listening to the Bible and going to confession after the death of his best friend.
  • Lindsey Kraft as Leslie Curry, Chip's overbearing, pregnant wife who does not believe in Chip and his new interest in Christianity.
  • Ian Gomez as Father Gene, a rather liberal priest who supports Chip as much as he can but is amused that he is following the Bible by the book.
  • David Krumholtz as Rabbi Gil Ableman, another person who supports Chip and a rabbi at the local synagogue.
  • Tony Rock as Vince, Chip's friend and coworker who seeks to support him and is skeptical.
  • Camryn Manheim as Ms. Meadows, Chip, Vince and Cheryl's strict and selfish boss, who cares only about the money and success that the newspaper makes.

Recurring[edit]

  • Sara Gilbert as Cheryl, a sarcastic coworker of Chip's who writes obituaries for people.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Andy AckermanPatrick WalshFebruary 26, 2018 (2018-02-26)T11.101175.011[4]
After the death of his best friend, film reviewer and dad-to-be Chip Curry tries to turn his life around. When he accidentally purchases a copy of the Bible, he decides to live by it "to the letter" much to the confusion of his non-believing wife Leslie and the bemusement of his priest, Father Gene. Chip's newfound faith is put to the test when Gary (Joe DeRosa), a co-worker who is committing adultery, wants Chip to lie for him.
2"False Idols"Andy AckermanSophia LearMarch 5, 2018 (2018-03-05)T12.159044.476[5]
After smashing his phone to avoid "worshiping false idols", Chip decides to go old school and rely on actual maps and compasses. He ends up over sleeping and forgets his "Love–Iversary" with Leslie and decides to get her Beyoncé tickets to make up for it. Vince, Cheryl and Meadows become concerned when he does not arrive for work or call in sick and decide to go look for him.
3"Love Thy Neighbor"Andy AckermanPatrick WalshMarch 12, 2018 (2018-03-12)T12.159024.67[6]
4"Thou Shalt Not Steal"Andy AckermanMichael Lisbe & Nate RegerMarch 19, 2018 (2018-03-19)T12.159034.06[7]
5"Honor Thy Father"Andy AckermanMichael HobertMarch 26, 2018 (2018-03-26)T12.159103.98[8]
6"Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness"Andy AckermanCharles BrottmillerApril 2, 2018 (2018-04-02)T12.159054.14[9]
7"Let Us Pray"Andy AckermanBill Martin & Mike SchiffApril 9, 2018 (2018-04-09)T12.159073.84[10]
8"Show Hospitality"Andy AckermanJon Silberman & Josh SilbermanApril 16, 2018 (2018-04-16)T12.159063.55[11]
9"Never Let Loyalty Leave You"Andy AckermanJess LamourJuly 7, 2018 (2018-07-07)T12.159091.18[12]
10"Submit to Thy Husband"Andy AckermanAllison Bosma & Jon DeWaltJuly 7, 2018 (2018-07-07)T12.159081.22[12]
11"Thou Shalt Not Covet"Katy GarretsonMichael Lisbe & Nate RegerJuly 14, 2018 (2018-07-14)T12.159111.12[13]
12"It's Better to Give Than to Receive"Andy AckermanBill Martin & Mike SchiffJuly 14, 2018 (2018-07-14)T12.159121.14[13]
13"David and Goliath"Andy AckermanPatrick WalshJuly 21, 2018 (2018-07-21)T12.159130.97[14]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" February 26, 2018 0.8/4[4] 5.011
2 "False Idols" March 5, 2018 0.7/3[5] 4.476
3 "Love Thy Neighbor" March 12, 2018 0.7/3 4.67[6]
4 "Thou Shalt Not Steal" March 19, 2018 0.7/2 4.06[7]
5 "Honor Thy Father" March 26, 2018 0.7/3 3.98[8]
6 "Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness" April 2, 2018 0.8/3 4.14[9]
7 "Let Us Pray" April 9, 2018 0.6/3 3.84[10]
8 "Show Hospitality" April 16, 2018 0.6/2 3.55[11]
9 "Never Let Loyalty Leave You" July 7, 2018 0.2/1 1.18[12]
10 "Submit to Thy Husband" July 7, 2018 0.2/1 1.22[12]
11 "Thou Shalt Not Covet" July 14, 2018 0.2/1 1.12[13]
12 "It's Better to Give Than to Receive" July 14, 2018 0.2/1 1.14[13]
13 "David and Goliath" July 21, 2018 0.2/1 0.97[14]

Production[edit]

On May 12, 2017, the series was ordered to series.[15] On November 21, 2017, it was announced that the series, now titled Living Biblcally,[16] would premiere in the spring of 2018 and air on Mondays at 9:30 P.M. The series premiered February 26, 2018, on CBS and was given a thirteen episode order. On April 19, 2018, CBS pulled the series from the schedule after eight low-rated episodes, leaving five episodes unaired, and announced that the series will remain in production for all thirteen episodes and would return to the schedule at a later date.[17] On May 11, 2018, the series decided not to renew for another season.[18] On June 7, 2018 it was announced that the show would return to the schedule on July 7, 2018 and the remaining seven episodes would air over a three week period.[19] The final episode aired on July 21, 2018.

Reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 19% based on 16 reviews, with an average rating of 4.26/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Living Biblically commits the cardinal TV sin of wasting the outline of a refreshingly unusual premise on broad, hammy acting and stock sitcom laughs."[20] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 47 out of 100, based on 8 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holloway, Daniel (12 May 2017). "'The Big Bang Theory' Star Johnny Galecki's 'By the Book' Lands Series Order at CBS". Variety. Retrieved 26 January 2018. 
  2. ^ Nemetz, Dave (19 April 2018). "Living Biblically Pulled From CBS Lineup, Replaced by Big Bang Reruns". 
  3. ^ Kimball, Trevor (11 May 2018). "Living Biblically: Cancelled Sitcom Returning to CBS". tvseriesfinale.com. 
  4. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (February 27, 2018). "ShowbuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.26.2018". ShowbuzzDaily. Retrieved February 2, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (March 6, 2018). "ShowbuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.5.2018". ShowbuzzDaily. Retrieved March 6, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b Porter, Rick (March 13, 2018). "'The Voice' and 'iZombie' adjust up, 'Good Girls' adjusts down: Monday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 13, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b Porter, Rick (March 20, 2018). "'American Idol,' 'Good Girls,' all others hold: Monday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 20, 2018. 
  8. ^ a b Porter, Rick (March 27, 2018). "'American Idol' and 'The Good Doctor' adjust up, 'Good Girls' adjusts down: Monday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 27, 2018. 
  9. ^ a b Porter, Rick (April 3, 2018). "'The Crossing' adjusts down: Monday final rating". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 3, 2018. 
  10. ^ a b Porter, Rick (April 10, 2018). "'American Idol' and 'Kevin Can Wait' adjust up: Monday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  11. ^ a b Porter, Rick (April 17, 2018). "'The Voice' and 'American Idol' adjust up, 'Good Girls' adjusts down: Monday final ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 17, 2018. 
  12. ^ a b c d Metcalf, Mitch (July 10, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.7.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 10, 2018. 
  13. ^ a b c d Metcalf, Mitch (July 17, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.14.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 20, 2018. 
  14. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (July 24, 2018). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Saturday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 7.21.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved July 24, 2018. 
  15. ^ Daniel Holloway (2017-05-12). "CBS Series Orders: 9JKL, Me, Myself & I, Instinct, Wisdom of the Crowd, Seal Team, S.W.A.T." Variety. Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  16. ^ Assasin (2017-11-24). "By the Book - Title Changed by CBS". SpoilerTV. Retrieved 2018-07-15. 
  17. ^ Nemetz, Dave (19 April 2018). "Living Biblically Pulled From CBS Lineup, Replaced by Big Bang Reruns". 
  18. ^ Kimball, Trevor (11 May 2018). "Living Biblically: Cancelled Sitcom Returning to CBS". tvseriesfinale.com. 
  19. ^ "CBS to Burn Off Comedies "Me, Myself & I," "Living Biblically" on Saturday Nights Beginning July 7". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 8, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Living Biblically: Season 1 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 9, 2018. 
  21. ^ "Living Biblically: Season 1 reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 9, 2018. 

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