History Channel broke records ratings this summer when it brought audiences Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey’s The Bible miniseries. The success of the project drew massive attention from all networks for a potential follow-up, and now NBC has apparently won the bidding war to lay claim to the sequel series.
NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt had this to say about the new venture:
“I followed the development process of The Bible [which aired on History] closely with Mark and knew that the story was far from over after Christ’s Crucifixion. In fact, what happened in the aftermath – which is essentially the beginning of Christianity – is utterly fascinating…. This will be attention-getting in every way.”
Things are about to get all New Testament up in here. Here’s the working synopsis for AD: Beyond the Bible. Which is technically still about the Bible?
“A.D.: Beyond the Bible begins 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.”
Damn, sounds like an HBO show. But NBC will likely give the project more resource that History ever did, and I wonder how prominently they’ll be featuring it in their line-up. Lord knows (heh) NBC needs some real ratings hits about now.