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TLC to apply its trademark intellectualism to prayer-based reality show

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Answering the prayers of Touched By An Angel fans who could do without Della Reese, TLC has ordered a new reality show hosted by Roma Downey that will investigate “answered prayers,” presumably with the skeptical eye and balanced scientific perspective viewers can expect from a network that still ostensibly has “learning” in its name.

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The as-yet-untitled series will consist of six episodes, each one consisting of Downey applying the scientific method to “modern-day miracles, incredible twists of fate, and phenomena that logic and science cannot explain” before submitting her findings to her peers for review. The result, TLC general manager Nancy Daniels says, “will deliver a television experience that connects with the hearts, minds, and faith of our viewers,” the intellectual rigor of such a project being understood and unnecessary to re-iterate further. The show is being produced by Downey and her husband and The Bible co-producer Mark Burnett, who seem to be making a career out of catering to a large and merchandise-hungry religious viewership.

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