Posted: 7:11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013
This is definitely the season for this kind of news.
NBC has just green lit the 12-hour miniseries A.D., which is a sequel to the highly popular series, The Bible, that aired on the History Channel earlier this year, RumorFix has confirmed.
The series — which will probably air in Spring 2015 — was created by Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey.
“Last year when Mark Burnett was launching ‘The Bible’ on cable, I told him, without hesitation, that if he wanted to tell more of the story, we’d love to do it at NBC,” said Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “We are firmly in the ‘event’ business and nothing has more event potential than ‘A.D.’ as it continues immediately after the ‘The Bible’ ended. The heft of a broadcast network, combined with the promotional arms of NBCUniversal and Comcast, will push this miniseries to a mass audience. We value our relationship with Mark and Roma and know that no one could bring this story to life better than them.”
Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment, adds, “In the first episode alone you see the last moments of the Crucifixion, Judas taking his own life after betraying Christ, Peter denying Jesus three times, and then the miracle of the Resurrection.”
Downey and Burnett released this statement:
“It is the story that changed the world. Millions have died for it and billions live by it. We know that an enormous community will be counting the days until ‘A.D.’ premieres. We look forward to making this an epic global television event.”
The Bible averaged 13.2 million viewers and was the third most-watched cable television series or miniseries in 2013.