Why You Should Support the Peculiar Kickstarter Campaign

I’m talking to you, not your friends. They should support it, but you should, too.

Let me tell you why.

1. It’s a good show. Look, I know it’s not the best show ever made, but it’s good and will get better. The concept is good. With more money we can be a lot better. Be something more people want to see. Something you want to see.

2. It’s a good cause. If you have read my blog you know why I’m doing this. Religious broadcasting it doomed. It’s got a shelf life. We need to figure out how to do something else, quickly. In 10 years it may be too late. In 20 years it will be way too late. Whole generations are being raised with no knowledge of what real faith in Christ is like.

3. There are some great rewards. Who doesn’t want a T Shirt with a big Peculiar stamp on it? Free episode downloads of the show? Or if you’ve got deeper pockets, lunch with me where you can ask anything you want about the show, or your own walk on role.

4. It’s easier than you think. Got an Amazon account? Then you are set to go. Got $1? I’ll take it. $5, 10, 15? Any amount. It all helps. Don’t think that a $1 pledge won’t help. It will. Can you give a $1 to a good cause?

So, click the link and pledge, already! I need you.

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Peculiar Season 1 Kickstarter is Live

I hate asking people for money.

But, will you support my show?

Even if you can’t right now, will you look at the project on Kickstarter and share it on Facebook and twitter? Or email your friends?

I need your help to make this happen. You, or someone you know may be the key to reaching our goal, and getting the show going for the Fall.

Here’s the link: http://kck.st/N4OkCc

Please take a minute to read about the project. Please prayerfully consider supporting it. Please let your friends know about it.

Even Christians Hate Christian TV: What do we do about it?

I saw a post on twitter from Phil Cooke about an article from Christian Newswire. For the last couple of years DoersTV has been surveying their online fans:

Based on the fan’s comments from the Fan Page posts over the last two years, over 90% of the people had a negative comment about Christian TV for the following reasons:

Too much begging for money and fundraising telethons

False prosperity teachers manipulating people for offerings

Boring and lack of quality programming

Lack of integrity of Christian Leaders they broadcast

Sounds like content on a lot of Christian Networks. So, who is this stuff made for?

Obviously, because this was an online survey, it ignores those not online. In America, 91% of 18-34 yr olds are online. (84% watch video online.) Compare to 47% of folks over 65 years of age. By the end of 2011 78.6% of North Americans were online. Leaving over 74 million people in North America who are not online. I don’t know how many of those have access to a TV, and Christian programming, but I’m sure the percentage is pretty high. I believe that the majority of religious programing out there is watched by senior adults.

I know the demographics on our own TV show, 70% of our audience is well over the age of 50. I’ve said this before, but the audience for Christian TV is literally dying off.

This stuff is made for older, aging audiences. Christians networks and program producers have settled into what is familiar, and ignored trends of younger potential viewers. Choosing instead to keep their existing audience, and cater to their viewing preferences. And, that audience faithfully sends their money in, and supports their efforts. But it doesn’t take the gift of prophecy to see that this model is doomed. It’s literally a matter of time. Either Christian networks/program producers change, or they will find themselves with no viewers at all in the next few decades.

We cannot wait five or 10 years. We need to be figuring out a new model of programming that is sustainable and reaches younger viewers. We are already missing whole generations with religious programming, even though these same generations consume media more than any generation before.

I am not saying every Christian TV show and network should immediately stop what they are doing and focus all their efforts on 18-34 year olds. That would ignore the millions who do watch current religious programming. But I am saying that if we rest content with just our current, dwindling audience, we will end up with no one watching at all. And that will come faster than you realize.

If you are a network, actively seek out programming that will appeal to younger audiences. If you are a program producer, produce a program that appeals to younger audiences. I am. You should, too.