Soooo…I got a sneak preview of the first episode last night. And I now know what will be in the other two episodes, even if I haven’t seen them yet. Thus it has come to my attention that there has been a huge oversight in the show’s production. I have had many urgent conversations with the executive producer and have sent out a flurry of emails, and, alas, I fear there is nothing left for me to do but to apologize for this grievous error:
My husband does not wear his banana suit at any point in the show.
“How could you have done this?!” you shriek hysterically. I know. I’m sorry. I don’t know how we missed it. You think you have all the bases covered. You think you’ve dotted all your i‘s and crossed each t. And then you get the final cut, and can only barely stave off the feelings of failure and despair as you realize that there’s nary a banana suit to be found in any of the footage.
To help us all through this time of trial, I present to you the top 10 reasons you might still want to watch Minor Revisions, even though it is a no-banana-suit show:
The Top 10 Reasons You Might Still Want to Watch Minor Revisions, Even Though It Is a No-Banana-Suit Show
10. I do a dramatic rendition of comments from my YouTube haters.
9. We announce the gender of this sixth baby! Our first child was a boy, and the last four have been girls. The last time I had a baby boy I was an atheist who lived in a loft downtown. It would be totally surreal to have a boy after four girls in a row. You’ll find out by watching the show (in Episode 2, I think) whether we finally got another boy or if we’re about to have our fifth girl in a row!
8. A brilliant philosophy professor gives me advice about explaining faith to atheists from a philosophical perspective. Anyone with atheist or agnostic loved ones will enjoy hearing what Professor Rob Koons has to say on this topic.
7. My five-year-old daughter says the cutest thing ever. It is a testament to the producer’s eye for great content that she put this in the first few minutes of Episode 1. While I was helping my little girl get her “mystery can” show-and-tell item ready for Mother’s Day Out, I asked her what clue we could write up that would help her classmates guess that it was a toy pony in the can. Her response was one of those utterly precious and hilarious one-in-a-thousand moments.
6. The Adult Education Director at our parish shares his jaw-dropping story of being a border-town heroin addict and dealer who was healed through the power of prayer. You really have to hear this to believe it. I was wiping tears out of my eyes as he told his story of deliverance from a life of addiction and crime; 30 years later, he’s one of the holiest, most devout people I’ve ever met. It’s one of the most amazing testaments I’ve ever heard to the fact that nothing is impossible with God.
5. I talk with a pro-life obstetrician about what it’s like to be a doctor standing for life in the culture of death. While I was at the Vitae Clinic for an ultrasound, I had an inspiring conversation with Dr. Jeremy Kalamarides about his 100% pro-life medical practice, as well as the important work he’s doing offering his services to women in crisis pregnancies.
4. We visit Abby Johnson‘s house, and she shares a chilling story about her work at Planned Parenthood. She and I talked about a lot of things, including her important new foundation, but there was one moment when she was talking about her days as the director of an abortion clinic where I literally got goosebumps from head to toe.
3. You get to hear Joe’s take on our conversions. Even if he’s not wearing his banana suit, some folks might find it interesting to hear what Joe has to say about our conversions and our unexpected foray into big family life.
2. My dad and I talk about atheism, my childhood, and my conversion. In Episode 1 I have a long chat with my dad about why he doesn’t believe in God, and he gives his honest opinion about what he thinks about my conversion to Catholicism.
1. I get huge news about the book. Notice I haven’t been using my blog as an outlet for my never-ending writer angst lately? That’s because something happened, and I’ve been waiting to tell you until you can see it in the show! I love it that you can actually “be there” for this one, instead of just having to read long and whiney posts about it on my blog. I will admit that this is the scene I’m most concerned about. I ended up crying — like, sobbing, can’t-talk, ogre-crying — and I’m mortified in advance about having this aired on national television. I haven’t seen the clip yet, so I don’t yet know how utterly embarrassing it is on a scale of 1 – 10. If I suddenly shut down my blog and leave a note saying that I moved to a desert cave shortly before the airing of Episode 3, you’ll know it’s a 10.
So, are you ready to watch it? The first episode airs this Thursday, December 13, at 8 PM EST / 7 PM CST. The other two episodes will air on December 20 and January 10 at the same time. Anyone with an internet connection can watch it — you just have to pull up the station’s live feed at http://netny.net/watch-now/ during the time that it airs. (It won’t be archived online, so the best way to catch it is live. More details and viewing options here.)
I’ll be hosting a little Twitter party while the show airs, so be sure to join me over there. I’ll offer some behind-the-scenes stories and ask you why my hair is doing that. If you want to see what others are saying, follow the hashtag #MinorRevisions.
Here’s the trailer again for those who haven’t seen it. (And, again, sorry about the banana suit.)