‘The Bible’ sequel coming to NBC, working title “A.D.: Beyond the Bible”By Angel Cuala on Jul 2, 2013 in Television, United States •
History Channel‘s famous 10-part miniseries “The Bible” will have a sequel, which will be coming to NBC. The announcement of the follow-up project was made by NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke and NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt this Monday, July 1, 2013.
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According to NBC, “The Bible” sequel, which has a working title of “A.D.: Beyond the Bible,” will be executive produced by “The Bible” team of Mark Burnett, Roma Downey (Mark‘s wife), and Richard Bedser. Burnett is also the executive producer of “The Voice” and “Celebrity Apprentice.”
“I followed the development process of “The Bible” 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.” Bob Greenblatt was quoted in the press release.
“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.'” Greenblatt added.
“NBC is thrilled to bring this highly-anticipated sequel to Mark and Roma‘s ‘The Bible‘ to network television. There was huge interest in this project within the television community and NBC is gratified by Mark‘s confidence in our ability to partner with him and position this miniseries as true event television.” Salke said.
“The Bible” was aired on the History Channel weekly between March 3 and March 31, 2013. During its premiere, the show had 3 million viewers and its final episode earned 11.7 million viewers. DVD and Blu-Ray copies were released in April, and become the top-selling miniseries of all time after more than 1 million units were sold in the past three months.
As of this writing, NBC has not announced the premiere date for “The Bible” sequel, which will be co-produced by LightWorkers Media, Hearst Productions, and Universal Television. “A.D.: Beyond the Bible” will be tracing back the early history of Christianity and will begin after the death of Jesus Christ.
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