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"Sister Wives" and HBO’s polygamy drama "Big Love" excelled because they looked at a marginalized religious group whose fringe practices wouldn’t challenge the majority’s beliefs.

Going forward, especially if "GCB" is canceled, Hoover suspects there could be a downturn in shows with religious themes "if the industry sees these as examples of what happens when you do religion."

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Mosallam is undeterred, saying "All-American Muslim," though a ratings dud, still raised awareness and paved the way for more shows about Muslims in the future.

But for his part, Kenny said he will never create a show exploring religion again.

"You have to be a hit out of the box, within three episodes, or you’re canceled," he said. "There are all these hurdles that are so enormous, why would you want to put in front of it this hurdle of overcoming religious controversy?"

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