Magazine article The Christian Century

NBC Said to Ease Up on Veggie Tales Edits

Magazine article The Christian Century

NBC Said to Ease Up on Veggie Tales Edits

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Fans of" Veggie Tales and its animated singing and talking vegetables may notice a change in the episodes aired in NBC's Saturday morning cartoon lineup: they are not so heavily edited.

"The last batch of episodes are airing with very little editing," VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer wrote in an e-mail to Religion News Service. "Not none whatsoever, but very nearly none whatsoever. Much less than earlier episodes."

Originally, NBC had asked for changes in four of 13 episodes--mostly editing out references to God and the Bible. Vischer said he was not thrilled with the changes, but was happy to have the cartoons on network television.

Vischer said he had "no idea" why many recent shows have had fewer edits, but Paul Irwin, president of the American Bible Society, said his organization has sponsored "several hundred thousand" complaint letters to NBC and its parent company, General Electric. "NBC has learned that this is not a matter of casual interest to the people of this country," Irwin said. …

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