NBC Says Amen to Mark Burnett's Bible Sequel

NBC to Air Bible Sequel SeriesNBC’s prayers have been answered, emerging from a bidding war to lay claim to uberproducer Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey‘s follow-up to this spring’s wildly successful The Bible miniseries.

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“There was huge interest in this project within the television community,” NBC president Jennifer Salke said in a statement, “and NBC is gratified by Mark’s confidence in our ability to partner with him and position this miniseries as true event television.“

NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt added, “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.”

Here is the official logline for A.D.: Beyond the Bible (as it is tentatively titled). Warning: spoilers!

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.

The Bible premiered to more than 13 million viewers in March, and wrapped its 10-episode run on Easter Sunday. In its first week of home video release, it was the top-selling miniseries of all time and the No. 1 TV series on DVD and Blu-Ray in the past five years.