"The Bible" sequel is coming, and Mark Burnett and Roma Downey will air the second miniseries based on the Bible on NBC. The original scored massive ratings for the History Channel.
The new series, "A.D.: Beyond the Bible," will again feature producer husband-and-wife team Burnett and Roma Downey. Burnett is also executive producer of NBC's wildly popular singing competition show "The Voice."
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"I followed the development process of 'The Bible' closely with Mark and knew that the story was far from over after Christ's Crucifixion,"
Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. "In fact, what happened in the aftermath — which is essentially the beginning of Christianity — is utterly fascinating. The day after 'The Bible' premiered, I told Mark we were on board with no hesitation for the follow-up miniseries. This will be attention-getting in every way, and we're proud to continue our association with Mark which has just grown exponentially from 'The Voice.'"
"The Bible" premiere drew a record-breaking 13 million viewers to the History Channel, and its Easter Sunday episode had 11.7 million. The series made fans out of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Oprah, and LL Cool J, among others.
"We are thrilled to bring the follow-up to our hit cable series 'The Bible' to broadcast television with NBC," said Burnett and Downey in a statement. "Our new series, 'A.D.: Beyond the Bible,' is another massive project and a major commitment, but it’s a story that has to be told. It’s a story that changed the world. We look forward to making this an enormous television event on NBC."
The series will pick up where "The Bible" left off after Jesus' crucifixion.
"A perfect storm brews in the Holy Land, fueled by social injustice, Roman military oppression and religious unrest. High priests and the Herod dynasty vie for power. Zealot revolutionaries turn to violence to regain what they believe is their promised land. And in the face of terrible odds and brutal persecution, the small band of Jesus' disciples stand against the combined might of Rome and their own local authorities," NBC's press release reads. "In a generation of rebellion, war, famine, and carnage, who can they trust? Who should they fear? Will tomorrow bring a violent death? For many, it does... but others survive, and as the storm around them breaks, the fate of Israel, of Rome, and of their faith is decided."
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