God is dead on yet another NBC affiliate. Well, that’s one way to explain the decision by at least two stations to kill “God, the Devil and Bob.”
KPVI-TV in Pocatello, Idaho, told the network Friday that it will refuse to air the upcoming midseason animated skein.
KPVI’s declaration came one day after Salt Lake City NBC affil KSL-TV became the first station to announce it wouldn’t air the Carsey-Werner half hour. (WB affil KUWB will air the skein in that market.)
Executives from KPVI and station owner Sunbelt Communications weren’t available for comment. KSL execs had previously said the station found some of the humor “tasteless.”
“God” exec producer Matthew Carlson said he expected some controversy from religious right groups, given the fact that God stars in “God.”
But, as a Peacock statement notes, “‘God, the Devil and Bob’ is an animated sitcom in which the main character, Bob, deals with the moral dilemma of good vs. evil in each episode. As such, it follows in the long tradition of entertainment vehicles that comedically depict this universal struggle.”
An NBC spokeswoman said the network would search for another station to air “God” in the Idaho Falls/Pocatello market.
Also, an NBC source said the network expected a few more stations — probably in the Bible Belt — to also drop the program.
Sources said NBC execs hoped to capitalize on the “God” controversy and may even start promoting the affiliate defections in promos.
After all, it didn’t hurt “NYPD Blue,” which was boycotted by a number of smaller-market ABC affiliates in its first season.
And any notice is probably good notice for “God,” which will have to face off against “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. starting March 14.
“God” premieres in a special time slot this Thursday at 8:30 p.m. James Garner provides the voice of God, Alan Cumming serves as the Devil, and French Stewart is Bob.