‘Big Bang’ Star Johnny Galecki’s ‘Living Biblically’ Pilot Ordered at CBS

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CBS has added another comedy pilot to its pickups on Tuesday. “Living Biblically” has officially been ordered to production at the Eye, Variety has learned.

The half-hour multicam will center on a young man who comes to a crossroads in his life and decides to live according to the Bible — i.e. no shellfish, no cotton-poly blends (fabric mixing). Based on the bestselling book by A.J. Jacobs, “2 Broke Girls” scribe Patrick Walsh wrote the pilot and will serve as executive producer. “The Big Bang Theory” star Johnny Galecki will also exec produce, alongside Spencer Medof and Andrew Haas.

The project is being produced by Alcide Bava Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

This is CBS’ second pilot pickup of the day. Earlier, the network ordered “Distefano” from comedian Chris Distefano and “How I Met Your Mother” creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas; the two are also behind the redeveloped “Real Life” at the network with writer Hilary Winston. On the comedy side, CBS has also picked up “9J, 9K, 9L,” starring Mark Feuerstein and David Walton, and “Me, Myself and I” from Dan Kopelman and Aaron Kaplan.

On the drama side, CBS has ordered pilots for a Mexican-American family cop drama from the creator of “Bull;” a Navy SEAL project; “Killer Instinct,” starring Alan Cumming; “Perfect Citizen” from “The Good Wife” alum Craig Turk; “The Get,” which is about internet journalists; and NASA series “Mission Control.”

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  1. James Bailey says:

    Should the main character in this proposed Series be Jewish, I’ve got no problem with the core storyline.

    Should they choose to do what Hollyweird usually does, which is misrepresent, denigrate, and total skew what the New Testament teaches, then I will have a problem with it!

    90% of scriptwriters, producers, directors, basically the people that make films and TV series in Hollyweird, have never contextually studied biblical Doctrine either in the Old Testament or the New Testament: they get their understanding from Hardcore left-wing anti-biblical sources.

    Like any other new show, I’m willing to give this a shot and see what it’s all about: that’s what open-minded people actually do when they exercise tolerance, rather than just saying they are tolerant and then spewing hatred!

  2. Anonymous says:

    1) Johnny Galecki is NOT ‘a young man’, he’s a middle aged man.
    2) All you bible biters getting your panties in a wad, the book was hilarious, about a Jewish man who decided to try living according to the instructions in the Old Testament. This is where ‘eating no shellfish’, wearing no ‘mixed fibers’, etc. came from. (Stoning adulterers? The bible says he should do that, too! How do you throw stones at adulterer or whatever without getting arrested today?’) Funny, today anyone can eat shrimp or wear a polyester cotton shirt but being as that is mundane and boring, they are still fixated on other peoples’ sex lives: queer or straight breeders?

    • Hapax Legomenon says:

      Not sure that Galecki is actually starring, he may just be producing. Is being in your early 40s middle-aged now? *crying*

  3. mjweir says:

    um, Not that I would typically watch this not being a fan of religion or sit-coms but if I ever had any doubts this thread would clear it up. For a group that so roundly reviles anyone who doesn’t believe what they believe “Christians” are some of the most thin-skinned humans out there. It’s okay to kill doctors but don’t you dare ever take a humorous poke at us. I mean it’s not like we believe in a sky fairy or anything…

      • Pat says:

        Way too much made out over homosexuality. It is a sin like any other. God doesn’t believe in the unpardonable sin. In fact all sin is equal in God’s eyes. A fact I personally enjoy reminding judgmental christians having premarital sex of that particular fact. It really sticks in their craw.
        If God had an unpaid on able sin it would likely be the one where believers judge the destination of another at Judgement Day. This is the most often used weapon by non believers as well as misunderstood by believers. Jesus expected followers to judge the status of a sin to coax followers back to righteousness. However to tell another they are going to hell is to presume you know their heart. It is also to presume God has no plan to bring them to salvation. It is essentially putting yourself in God’s shoes. That is why judge not least ye be judged is of special mention.

      • Jesus said, love one another. The Homosexuals are loving one another. The Homosexuals are peacefully minded. That is evil? They should be punished when they are peacful loving one another? The assumptions that God wants them to be harmed has to be wrong.

  4. Rex says:

    A show about internet journalists? HA! Will is show how the job mainly consists of regurgitating and spinning the work of ACTUAL journalists who appear in BOTH print and online?

  5. BonnieFlats says:

    If CBS and the writers of this so-called show don’t even know that the Bible has authorized “all foods good to eat” and the wearing of any material for 2,000 years, this show is going down the tubes quick. What else will they get totally wrong? Abomination is probably going to be a word they hear a lot.

  6. Lemme guess… yet another show that thinks it’s being edgy, humorous, and avant garde by mocking the Christian faith?
    LOL. Yeah, I can see no way in which this carefully laid plan could ever fail… ಠ_ಠ
    Now, I AM a Christian, but not religious in the least and I think that’s where a lot of people, go wrong: they assume Christianity is a religion. It’s not. At all.
    It’s about a faithful relationship with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and not about anything else, ever.
    Too many people in *every* walk of life spend way too much time being “offended” by every. single. teeny. tiny. perceived. slight. no matter how ridiculous it is.
    We’re in an age where playing the poor disenfranchised victim has become a career, and sometimes quite a lucrative one. Just ask Lena Dunham.
    My point is, stuff like this, even though it’s blasphemous and making a mockery of God (Which is, admittedly, a Very Bad Idea) shouldn’t and doesn’t “offend” me.
    It’s actually of no consequence to me at all, tbqh.
    No one’s forcing you or me or anyone else to watch it. If it bothers you, change the channel. See? Problem sorted.
    Besides, Christians (and Westboro Baptist doesn’t count, as they are pure evil) are not the Western world’s version of Muslim extremists. We’re not going to declare Jihad on anyone who spoofs or criticizes our faith.
    Heck, even the Catholics knocked that crap off centuries ago.
    (And yes, The Crusades and various Inquisitions were orchestrated by the Roman Catholic Church, which cannot be truly classified as “Christian” since they condone praying to idols, the falsehood of puratory, transubstantiation, indulgences, etc., none of which are sound Christian doctrine.)
    But anyway, I fervently believe that getting all bent out of shape by a tv show is a tiresome exercise in futility, completely unhelpful, and woefully unproductive.
    Believe me, we got better and more important things to do, bigger issues to concern ourselves with, and more productive ways to spend our time… don’t perpetuate the stereotypes.
    And I know I can be rather long-winded sometimes so please accept my apologies if this has meandered into tl;dr territory.
    I’m just tired of people believing the hurtful lies and assuming that the bad apples have spoiled the whole bunch, and I’m tired of Christians being so thin-skinned.
    If this past year has taught me anything, it’s that there are WAY too many infantile and petty people behaving like spoiled rotten brats in this country, on BOTH sides. Time to grow up, don’t you think?

    • Hapax Legomenon says:

      Who said it’s going to be mocking, and mocking Christians at that? Most of the “obscure” rules of the Bible are followed by Jews if anyone.

      • “the Roman Catholic Church, which cannot be truly classified as “Christian” since they condone praying to idols, the falsehood of puratory, transubstantiation, indulgences, etc., none of which are sound Christian doctrine.)”

        I thought the outright ignorant Prod was a thing of the past…you proved me wrong. Catholics have never and will never pray to idols. As for Transubstantiation, you never read the whole of John 6 if at all. As for Purgatory, you need to at least check (Luke 12:59). As for Indulgences you must check out (2 Sam. 12:13-14).

        Basically you have a lot more reading to do. Remember Luther only printed a part of the Bible that which was originally written by the Holy Roman Catholic Church.

    • Rex says:

      No consequence to you at all, but you had to come on here and post a condescending, pre-emptory diatribe anyway? Hmm . . .

  7. Sile says:

    That was a great book! I hope the show pays off.

  8. BonnieFlats says:

    Sure, there won’t be thousands of Christians calling advertisers as soon as this show says something as stupid, incorrect and irrelevant as “I can’t eat shellfish.” Sure, no calls at all.

  9. Clarke says:

    “Living Biblically” = highly offensive and destined for failure. How would you feel about a “sitcom” called “Living Gay?” with all things gay as the butt of jokes. This is a bad, bad, idea.

    • Hapax Legomenon says:

      “All things gay as the butt [I assume no pun intended] of jokes” has done pretty well in the last 10 or 20 years of TV and movies, so.

  10. Quota says:

    No, no, no. This would never work. What do these dumbass writers know about the bible? Nothing. They will screw this up royally and mix up the old testament with the new testament and say stupid shit like you can’t eat shellfish, which even I know isn’t for today’s people.

  11. CArlMarx says:

    No shellfish or cotton blends? It’s flawed already. Those were the Old Testament commands to the ancient Hebrews. It’s the NEW TESTAMENT Christians live by, idiots, which CLEARLY STATES all fabrics and foods are good. Good grief, what a friggin’ disaster already. This will NEVER see the light o day.

    • Hapax Legomenon says:

      Idiot, the book the show is based on centers around a JEWISH man living out the Bible’s commands as strictly as possible.

    • Geri McCall-Barrath says:

      Oh BS. 1. Christians are a diverse group made up of Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Mormons, multiple Protestant groups and Evangelicals. 2. They do not all believe the same thing. Not by a long shot. 3. If, as you say, Christians live by the New Testament, than please explain the continued persecution of homosexuals? 4. I could go on and on; however I agree that this show probably won’t succeed since the narrow minded won’t want to be mocked and the open minded are sick to death of a tiny sect of a major religion being shoved down its throat.

      • Rex says:

        But Hank, what if the “wife” (note that it doesn’t say “woman”) is a man?! LOL

      • Hank says:

        This is why the show will fail. They will make the false claim, as you have, about “persecuting homosexuals.” Jesus said in the New Testament that marriage is between ONE man and One woman.

        ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:3-7

      • Mary J. says:

        Persecution of homosexuals? Don’t you know what Jesus said in the new testament? He said a man and a woman form one in marriage, not a man and a man.

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