Not everything they say about Tommy Knox is true. Sure, Gender Wars was his reality show. Sure, one of the contestants butchered two competitors with an ax in a blind rage. But can you really pin all that on the Executive Producer?
Yes, apparently you can. Though technically, he was exonerated.
Not one to let a public disemboweling of his character get him down, Tommy is back from producer’s jail to pitch a new show that will change the way people think of reality television forever.
Religion. A whole new religion.
After conning, extorting, and playing every angle to get a development deal, Tommy sets out to invent a religion from scratch. He finds Nava, an unassuming young hipster from Silverlake, and turns him into an online religious celebrity. Exploiting a bit of television magic, some mind-reading psychic tricks, and the viral rage of Internet culture, Tommy turns Nava into the first Prophet of the digital age. After a brutal showdown with a biggoted preacher, Nava becomes as famous as a Hollywood A-lister. Suddenly sponsors are clamoring to have a piece of the dark horse TV Prophet.
However, Nava starts telling layered stories that provoke audiences to turn against the sponsors and their cultural masters. A power struggle ensues when Tommy tries to reign in Nava’s preaching. A radical spiritualist movement sweeps across the country, and ignites a culture war between those who believe in Nava’s miracles and those who dismiss them as nothing more than Hollywood chicanery. The two sides are divided by a thin line drawn in the sand, the PROPHET MARGIN.
In the vein of Network, Wag the Dog, Being There, and The Truman Show, Prophet Margin is a comedy that explores the relationship between religion, entertainment, and politics.
A NOVEL BY ADAM SKELTER
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