Thursday, January 26, 2006


That’s it, ladies and gentleman, the word is in and the votes are unanimous, the Book of Daniel has been officially cancelled as of this week. NBC has pulled the plug on the show and will not even be airing the rest of the episodes. There is some talk though that the Bravo channel may air the remainder but it is very doubtful. This means that all the thousands of individuals who were boycotting the show because of it’s content have received their wish and can now go back to watching a good wholesome show like the O.C. or Trading Spouses or even any of the other reality shows that provide humor from peoples embarrassment and tragedy.

I realize that I have a biased opinion here about the show (Book of Daniel) and I am not trying to slam these other shows that I mentioned above…they were picked up so there is something appealing about them. I am just simply stating (because it is MY BLOG) that these other shows have worse content at times i.e. drugs, sex, infidelity, murder and push the envelope even farther (with what they DO show) than Book of Daniel did, yet that wasn’t even mentioned from what I understand. Granted I didn’t watch all the debates or read both sides of the arguments, but I know what I see on television and what I filmed and I just don’t think it was a fair call protesting even before the first episode aired three weeks ago. If it was the religious aspect of the show, NBC showing Jesus appearing to Aiden Quinn’s character, I have a few thoughts about that. I do understand before getting into anything that there are TWO subjects one should never really get into debate over: Politics and Religion. Clearly I think I am treading a fine line here but if I can’t voice MY OWN opinions here, where can I, you know? I was raised Roman Catholic to which I am very devout to this day. I can say openly though that I do not practice as often as I would like but that is my own issue that must be dealt with. Also, isn’t a priest supposed to interact with Jesus, no matter which specific religion (Catholic, Methodist, Protestant, Episcopalian, etc.)? Isn’t he/she supposed to be the direct link between us, the congregation, and the Almighty? So what’s the deal if this particular character on the show (Aiden) happens to interact with his own idea of who the Lord is and not just when popping pills but when there are other emotional issues that affect him or his family? Don’t they give prescription drugs to those who experience pain or terrible loss? What won’t be aired is how Aiden Quinn got started on taking pain killers, the terrible trauma he and his family experienced. Perhaps that would’ve given some insight and answered a few questions….or maybe not, but now we’ll never know. Anyways, if I am completely way off base here, please feel free to comment on this entry. You are always welcome to and I read it often. Perhaps we should just move on to another topic.

Guiding Light has been going really well lately, despite the loss of Crystal Hunt (whom I do speak with on a regular basis and who is doing well though she misses her NY family). Marcy Rylan (new Lizzie Spaulding) has been doing very well in her new shoes, so to speak, and is carrying the Coop, Lizzie, Ava, Quinn storyline on very intensely. As I said before, I believe her episodes will start airing first week of February, so please tune in and tell me what you think!

Right now, in our story there are a lot of secrets going on, some behind my back and some right in front of me and I’m just too naive to believe differently, I am such a sucker, you know! I am trying to also be strong for my family which is not easy due to the fact that we, the Coopers, have no idea where Gus or Alan are and Harley is losing it more and more everyday and I don’t know what I can do to help out. I guess Coop is just feeling very overwhelmed at the moment and is turning to those he can trust, meaning Ava even more than he has already. After all, hasn’t she been there for him through thick and thin and doesn’t it appear that they might make a cute couple?

:) As for Coop and Ava, I love it. You guys are cute. - Lindsay

I like the little twist between you and Ava on the show :) It keeps me wondering what you are going to do?!?!?!- Lorrie

Anyway, keep watching to find out what happens to Coop and Ava and Lizzie and Quinn next, I guarantee that it will knock your sox off, LOL!

As for those of you who tuned into the Martha Stewart show today and saw me, thank you for your positive feedback. I was first caught off guard that I was going to be on finally but was even more struck by what a babbling moron I sounded like at times, LOL. Of course, Martha did move from one subject to the next pretty quickly so I guess I was just trying to “keep up” with the conversation. Anyway, thank you all for taking the time to write me and respond to my Crystal Hunt sharing stories offer, they were great.

For those of you who received pix and responses to e-mails, you see I told you I was working on it! For those who haven’t gotten one yet, patience is a virtue I don’t have but I really hope you do;p

Once last thing before I go though, I want to give a special acknowledgement to a woman who just recently posted on my site, Ms. Monique M. I will not give too much away about her as you all may already know from reading the responses that she knows me pretty well and I her. The truth is that Monique was the first manager I ever really had when I started back in the day as a model at the age of 17. She was the one who always pushed me and helped me understand where I was in my career but told me to work harder and that I would go far. I never forgot her and she has never forgotten me, as you all see. Monique, I am truly sorry for your loss and I can’t begin to understand how much losing someone so close can hurt. What I can offer to you though is my love and prayers in this time of mourning to you and your family and the memory that you were always a strong woman and never let anything or anyone drag you down. I know that with time you will heal and accept that your mom is always with you and watches you with every step you do and will take. God Bless you Monique “MO”!

All the best to you all and hope to hear from you all soon,



Blogger MommyCeratops said...

John, I was so upset when I heard about the Book of Daniel. I LOVED the show it was so good. I agree it will be replaced with something I wont watch. There is not much on TV I enjoy watching. I sent several emails in support of the show.
I did catch you on Martha and you were ADORABLE. You have great interaction with the audience.
I can't wait to see what is happening on GL you and Ava have great chemistry.
Keep up the great work John; you are wonderful. I enjoyed your blog.

January 26, 2006 at 7:19 AM  
Blogger tlpldy said...

I too hated to hear about book of daniel. It was a good show. I didn't see anything that wasn't respectful of the christian faith. People aren't perfect. That includes priests!!! Oh well, some people don't see it that way. Still enjoying you on GL. Love you and Ava together.


January 26, 2006 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger Chip Coffey said...

John...I have been a GL fan for 40+ years and I very much enjoy your work as Coop. I was also a fan of The Book of Daniel, so I was both surprised and upset when I heard that NBC cancelled the show. You proved, beyond any doubt, what a kind and compassionate young man you are by posting condolences to your friend and former agent, Monique. Keep up the good work! -Chip- (

January 26, 2006 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger mdcl333 said...


Nice to see a young guy with a good head on his shoulders. I was very sad that they aren't even going to show the last remaining episodes of the book of daniel. It was such a funny show with so many interesting characters. The world is a diverse place and it was very refreshing to see a show with so many great characters and personalities.

You were great in the show and I guess we can pray that bravo or logo or something picks it up.

Martha was funny and it was good to see you there.

Hope we see you on broadway someday so we can here you belt out a song

all the best

January 26, 2006 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger Bruce said...


First...I thought you were great on Martha and I loved the secret behind the scenes you did share with us, like the contract stuff and all...being a devote GL fan there was stuff I never knew about. And opera?? Wow I would love to hear that come from your mouth and hope you do something with that. As far as babbling goes, it made you look human and unrehearsed and I think that is a good were real down to earth and I love it.

Second...I never saw Book of Daniel, only for the fact I am not a big fan of the main star, but believe me it still ticked me off completely about what those certain groups did and say...those holier than thou types...especially with shows like you said running amouk with worse topics and all and don't get me started on reality tv. Anyway, when groups like that stick I usually do the opposite and show my support, unfortunately I heard way to late about it to really check it out.

Third...Coop and Ava. I like the pairing of the too, even in it's smallest stage where she liked him but he was just naive little Coop seeing the world through wonderous eyes. But I see how great the two of them are together. Ava sees things in Coop, his family, friends, interests and she takes them and lets him go with them....Lizzie was too clingy and to self-centered to let him keep doting on his nephews or his family. If she was his center of attention 24/7 she pulled him from what was to make that happen for her. Ava is great and I hope she doesn't change and let Coop still be the person he is.

Continue with your best, Bruce

January 26, 2006 at 8:24 AM  
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January 26, 2006 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Chelle_Renee said...

I was sad to heard about the Book of Daniel. I loved the show. It was great. I saw you on Martha you were good. You looked really cute. Sorry I had to write it because you really did. About GL I like the Ava and Lizzy thing. I cant wait to see what happens. If you ever get time because I know your a bussy man e-mail me at I would love to hear from you. Have a good day.

January 26, 2006 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Hey John!!

It's your favorite ex-manager Jill from the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Glad to see that things are going well for you! I almost fell off my couch when you were on Martha and started talking about Bubba Gumps! I'm no longer in NYC, I've moved to Florida. Give me an e-mail at and we'll catch up!! Glad I found this website.... you've got some great articles!

Jill Lynch

January 26, 2006 at 11:24 AM  
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January 26, 2006 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

Hey John,
I am I did see a couple of the shows but I really only watched it for you. Sorry the rest will not air though it isn't fair all the work you put into it that it won't be seen.
As for your meomories thing one Crystal sorry on the delay I meant to post to it earlier but never got the chance although I do read all your blogs but I will miss her too. She is a great actress and GL will not be the same with out her. It should be interesting to see what the new Lizzie does with the role. I had the pleasure of meeting he a few times and am glad I did before she left the show she is a sweet person.
You are always a very polite and sweet person that is so nice of you to remember your manger even though you probably had not heard from her in a while. I hope to see you in Tampa next weekend.

January 26, 2006 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Lashan said...

John thanks for all the hard work that you do on Guiding Light and I think that you are so adorable as Coop and I Love your storyline Keep Up The Good Work!.


January 26, 2006 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Soap Girl said...

hey john. i enjoy reading your blog. i already miss crystal. i hope coop and ava become a couple. you guys are so cute together! well since everyone else is leaving their emails, i thought i would too. heehee. keep up the good work!

January 26, 2006 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Sue said...

Hey John.

It seems as if all the creative shows that aren't voyeuristic get cancelled. (although Carnivale, which was an HBO series and different, was cancelled)

Anyway, what do you think the chances are of HBO picking up the Book of Daniel?

BTW, did you know that the actor who portrayed Jesus was on the series Deadwood?

Take care, Sue.

January 27, 2006 at 10:24 AM  
Blogger spunky said...

Hey John

I am sorry that the Book of Daniel was cancelled.

John I'm not going to tell which religon did this to me but when I asked " a member of the cloth" to say a prayer for my brother who was connected to life support I was told by him the only way he would say a prayer is to give him $50 otherwise he wouldn't do it.
I gave him the money, let's just leave it at that.

I thought you were great on Martha, I never knew that you were an operatic should try out for Phantom of the Opera.

John I sent you a letter way back in September and asked for an autograph picture, I'm still waiting I know that your busy, I'm crossing my fingers I will get that picture soon.

I'm happy to hear that Crystal is doing well, she will be missed as well as Roxy

Keep us the great job, I'm enjoying your storyline.


January 27, 2006 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger kay said...

reading your blog is always interesting, I have never seen the book of daniel, but it sounds like it was a good show and it's too bad that it had to go off. I have been a fan of guiding light for many years. I think that coop and ava should hook up lizzie and quinn are perfect for each other. ava and coop seem to come from the same back round and have fun together, and your both doing a great job. I think that crystal hunt should of stayed longer, it's hard on everyone when people change actors, even the viewers. If you get time I would like pix or you to email me


January 27, 2006 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

Hey, I know I haven't watched the show, but I'm glad to read what you had to say about the show's cancellation. I've been listening to the new Rolling Stones song "Sweet Neo Con" lately. I think the first line says it all about the fanatics who spew hate in the name of the Lord: "You call yourself a Christian/I think that you're a hypocrite."

January 27, 2006 at 10:34 PM  
Blogger Elise said...

Hi John, I wrote to you way back like six months ago, but I'm not sure if you remember me. I was in "Look Homeward, Angel" with you way back in your GMU days. I'm currently touring with a children's theater all over the country, and would love to talk to you about industry things, as my contract is up in May, and I'm looking to climb the ladder in this showbiz thing. It's so fun to tune into GL and follow the story, I nevered really watched soaps before this. My aunt is always asking me if she'll see me on one of her "stories" someday and I say that'd be cool, but right now a guy I knew from college is on GUIDING LIGHT. That's her show, and she replied "Coop, you went to college with Coop!" So obviously a big fan :-) I am a friend of Meghan Bohrer's and she was talking about the great time she had with you and your girlfriend in the city last winter. If you have a spare moment, I'd love to make contact. My blog shows the adventures of my year across the country since last June with Missoula Childrens Theatre. BTW, I appreciate your comments from this post. I too am a Roman Catholic, and find it hard to keep up especially in this industry. It's sad that "The Book of Daniel" is not going to make it.
Elise Arsenault

January 28, 2006 at 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John, I fully agree with you about Book of Daniel. While I never watched the show I did see a lot of clips and followed the debate about it. The sad truth is that there's a lot of 'fundamentalist Christians' out there that can't keep their mouth shut. They pick the oddest things to protest. They'll protest a show where a priest 'talks' to God but they don't say a word about shows like "The Bachelor" which really make a mockery of their precious 'sanctity of marriage'. So much crap on TV shouldn't be there and no one says a word. It's sad really.

Anyway, you're totally right, it's your blog, express yourself! If not in a blog then where? That's what blogs are for.

As for Guiding Light, I'm totally loving Coop. I think he needs more of a storyline that doesn't revolve around Lizzie because I think the character has so much potential. I'd love to see someone cast as Coop's brother Rocky. That would add a whole amazing element to his character.

Anyway, I always read your blog but this one really hit me because I agree with you about the absurdity of Book of Daniel getting canceled for the reasons it did. Sorry if anything I said offended you in anyway. I get a bit fired up when it comes to topics like this. Keep up the good work and keep blogging!


January 28, 2006 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger CandiceMack said...

John,Okay time for my opinion about the Book of Daniel (my friday night show of choice besides WWE)..NBC is stupid thats all I got to say,the show's ratings was not as bad as some people was led to believe in fact it was the 4th highest show on Friday nights according to me Candice Mack (smiles),I do think it's funny that people (especially those groups who wants things to go their way)do not believe in the fact that other people dont think the same way they do..I am hoping that either HBO or ABC picks it about Fox?!

Now onto the Coop/Lizzie/Ava/Quinn storyline...okay I love my Cozzie forever and I like the characters of Ava and Quinn...but not with my much as I would like to see Coop have friends (still waiting for my Jonathan and Coop at the bar drinking and talking about girls scene to air)I do think its good to have Ava around so he can vent to and vice versa with Quinn and Lizzie she needs somebody from her element to vent Quinn is my new comic relief cause he sounds like the Millionaire from Gillian's Island.I am going to say it...but dont have a relationship with Ava...or let alone sleep with her..I mean it (smiles you know I will watch the show if that does happen cause I am not the writer of the show...I wish I was but I am not so what can I do)

Finally John I think I found out your Broadway calling..I mean if you do decide to go onto should play either Roger or Mark from Rent..I can just see that now.


January 28, 2006 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger marcia said...

Hi John

its marcia (stephen martines' fan club president)... i just HAD to stop by and say HI! i miss all u guys!

well as for the show getting cancelled, i can't believe that the network let the protesters when. i personally didnt even get to see the first show...cause i was at work. but i was looking forward to watching. its sad shows that and joan of arcadia get cancelled, but shows like the nanny... tradingwives keep going.

its got to be frustrating for actors to see so much reality tv. my aunt and i were talking about it last night. its such a tough business anyway, and now reality tv is getting stronger and more popular its got to be frustrating.

i keep watching GL just for you and tom. and i have to say u both keep it interesting! i was a fan of coop and lizzie....but i have to say that i think i like ava and coop better!

well anyway, just wanted to stop in and say HI. email me sometime! i would love to here from u! i miss all the fun with all of us and papa jim! stephens event was a blast because of all of u!! just don't tell him i said that! LOL

January 28, 2006 at 6:59 PM  
Blogger Nikki B said...

I LOVED Book of Daniel!!!!

I think it is a shame that they took it off the air! I loved the story and the actors. It is a huge loss to good TV!!! Loving this thign with you and Ava on GL. Interested to see who is the lucky lady who gets love scenes with you! :)

Best of luck in all you do, but you won't really need it because you have the talent!

January 29, 2006 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

I was sad to hear that NBC cancelled the show. Even sadder that they chose not to broadcast the remaining episodes. I felt that the show was getting better as it went along. At least NBC is doing a web broadcast. Good luck in the future.

Book of Daniel

January 29, 2006 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger LLP said...

John, I realize that as an actor you are disappointed with the cancelation of "The Book of Daniel".... You are right about religion and politics, and unfortunately people are never going to see the same way on those issues.

I personally had no desire to watch "Daniel"...and I don't watch OC, either. I had read commentaries on how Jesus was going to be portrayed, and that kind of turned me off. I probably would have turned in for a minute or two just to catch a glimps of you.

I do feel as though we live in a country where if I don't like what is on my TV, I have the right to change the channel.

January 30, 2006 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger kristina said...

hey john...
i've been watching guiding light since i was in 5th grade...haha (i'm 17 now), and i loveeee you as coop. And your blogs are interesting, i like reading them:)
You seem like a very nice guy.

Email me sometime if you'd like!
my email address is:
(the 0s are zeros!)


January 30, 2006 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

I just wanted to say hello and that I enjoy the character you play on GL. I never get to see a full episode of GL since I am in school and interning. However, I just wanted to say good luck in the new year.

February 1, 2006 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Sari said...

John- I have to say that I never watched Book of Daniel but I heard it was cancelled. About the people that got it knocked off the air- all they had to do was change the channel! If it was for religious reasons they have to know that not everyone believes as they do. Anyway, that was my view.. I wanted to let you know that I am a huge Guiding Light fan and I love your character! I was devastated to hear that Crystal Hunt left and was going to be replaced! I really hope you end up with Ava cause I couldn't see you being with Lizzie if it was not Crystal Hunt- she made her character!! I also think you should sing on the show- I love singers! Keep up the great work on Guiding Light!!!!

February 4, 2006 at 10:21 PM  
Blogger thesoapgoddess said...

I loved the Book of Daniel. At first, I wasn't going to watch since it seemed a little silly by the previews. But, then I read an interview with the creator of the show. I really related to what he was saying about everyone's personal walk with Jesus (or whatever God once chooses) and how he was trying to portray that in the Aiden Quinn character.
I didn't even know that you were going to be on Book of Daniel until I was watching and you appeared on screen and everyone said "Coop!".
I agree with what you are saying about reality shows. Unfortunately, we live in a TIVO world and advertisers shy away from paying for ads they don't think we watch. I think the cheaper-to-produce reality show will be with us while the television industry adjusts to how they will pay production costs for scripted/acted shows when advertisers are balking. I think we have seen this in daytime, where casts (especially GL) are super-trim and product placement is the norm. (Note: I have no issue with product placement whatsoever.)
Best of luck on GL and whatever other primetime ventures come your way.

February 15, 2006 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Cynthia =) said...

hey john! i find it really impressive that you feel so passionately about your religion and what you did on Book of Daniel. Im roman catholic too :) i know you said that those who havent received emails should be patient, but i feel a friendly reminder is in order.

-- :)!

hope all is well, cant wait for ur next blog

<3, Cynthia

p.s. LOVE the coop and ava interaction!

February 15, 2006 at 1:24 PM  
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April 11, 2006 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger Greg said...


I know that your post is old, but we just finished watching "The Book of Daniel" on DVD. We enjoyed it the short time it was on and we were glad to see the rest of it. We are only saddened that people didn't see the whole season. I guess the religous right doesn't want to see how real people react to pain and suffering. Why would they care about some fag getting beat up in an alley. This part was hard for me to watch as I've been bashed and was told I deserved it for being gay. Oh well that's another story. We are sad after watching the season to know that we will not be able to see it continue. I personally think the religious right was afraid that their dirty laundry might be aired in the show. I'm a Christian as well as a gay man. I've met some wonderful Christians in my life, unfortunately, I've met many hypocrites as well.

I'll have to watch the guiding light to see you, I look forward to it.

Thanks giving me the opportunity to vent. I think you should be proud of your contributions to The Book of Daniel. It was an excellent show, too bad NBC caved.

Have a Great Day!

February 3, 2007 at 7:59 PM  
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