A leading American Christian group has slammed a new TV show, in which a priest character regularly chats to Jesus Christ.

Officials at the American Family Association are outraged by new show The Book Of Daniel, which stars AIDEN QUINN as a troubled Episcopal priest.

Group leaders claim they generated more than 400,000 protest emails, which were sent to bosses at US TV network NBC over Christmas (05) and now hopes advertisers will pull their support for the new drama, which starts next week (06JAN06).

The AFA is particularly disturbed by Quinn's new TV character, REV DANIEL WEBSTER, who is addicted to painkillers, has an alcoholic wife, a drug-dealing daughter and a gay son.

AFA spokesman ED VITAGLIANO says, "It seems they made every decision they could to alienate us."

But NBC officials, who have acknowledged protest emails, insist the show will go on, as planned.

In a statement released earlier this week (beg26DEC05), NBC offers, "We're confident that once audiences view this quality drama themselves, they'll appreciate this thought-provoking examination of one American family."