CBS has set a premiere date for The Dovekeepers, its limited event series marking Cote de Pablo’s return to the network NCIS calls home.
The two-night event will air Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, from 9 to 11 pm ET.
Set in ancient Israel and based on Alice Hoffman’s acclaimed historical novel, the project follows a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada. That real-life event occurred in 70 C.E. (aka A.D.), when 900 Jews who’d been forced out of Jerusalem by the Romans held out for months against Roman troops at a mountain fortress in the Judean desert.
De Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) and Kathryn Prescott (Finding Carter) star in the title dovekeeper roles, Sam Neill (Alcatraz) is the first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta (Pretty Little Liars) plays a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada.
The four-hour event series is executive-produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (The Bible).