Tim Goodman, the San Francisco Chronicle’s excellent TV critic, mentions a Mormon related segment in his review of Showtime’s new TV version of “This American Life.” He writes:
“For example, one episode is about a hip young Mormon painter in Utah who photographs men in beards to use as biblical figures, including Jesus. His favorite model is a young man whose girlfriend has essentially left the Mormon church, partly because her father is pushing the religion so hard. It’s difficult to have her boyfriend appear in the art pieces, but in a strange way it has brought her father and her boyfriend closer together.“
Other news stories have mentioned that finding bearded models is a challenge for the artist because so many Utah men are clean-shaven.
It sounds fantastic — and I’m not even one of those TAL radio show zealots. Sadly, the Morris household remains cable/dish free (actually, not sadly — I refuse to be extorted for hundreds of channels I have no desire to watch or support).
But for those who have bowed to the evil oligarchy, the episode is called God’s Close Up and will debut April 5, according to the This American Life Web site.
It may also be available for download, on demand, etc. For more, see Showtime’s This American Life site.
Maureen Ryan’s Chicago Tribune review is also worth reading.