NBC has wisely decided that History shouldn’t be the only one to enjoy huge ratings from a miniseries about The Bible. NBC announced today that it has picked up the next installment of The Bible miniseries from The Voice executive producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. A.D.: Beyond the Bible will serve as a followup to the enormously successful 10-part miniseries that aired on History by picking up after Jesus’ betrayal and death.
“I followed the development process of The Bible closely with Mark and knew that the story was far from over after Christ’s Crucifixion,” said Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, 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.”
History hit the ratings motherlode with the 10-hour Bible miniseries. It attracted 11.7 million to its Easter Sunday finale.
Here are Burnett’s plans for Beyond the Bible: “It will begin in the dark days after Jesus’ betrayal and death. 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. 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.”