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NBC Orders Sequel to History Channel’s ‘The Bible’ Miniseries

Credit: History Channel

Credit: History Channel

NBC has decided to get in on those sweet, sweet Bible ratings.

The Peacock Network has picked up the next installment of The Bible miniseries, reports Entertainment Weekly. The original 10-part miniseries, from The Voice executive producer Mark Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey, scored huge ratings for The History Channel this spring, which made the sequel series a no-brainer. The new miniseries will be titled A.D.: Beyond the Bible, and will act as a followup to the successful 10-part miniseries that covered, among other stories, the betrayal and death of Jesus Christ.

“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.”

Burnett offered his plans for the much-anticipated miniseries: “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.”

The original miniseries delivered monster ratings for The History Channel, drawing 11.7 million viewers for the finale — which aired Easter Sunday, of course. The oft-struggling NBC hopes to duplicate the success with a wider audience.

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