NBC is getting in “The Bible” business, announcing the pick-up of a sequel to the hit miniseries that aired on the History Channel earlier this year.
The 12-hour follow-up, titled “A.D.,” is expected to air on spring 2015, according to the official press release.
“Last year when Mark Burnett was launching ‘The Bible’ on cable, I told him, without hesitation, that if he wanted to tell more of the story, we’d love to do it at NBC,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said. “We are firmly in the ‘event’ business and nothing has more event potential than ‘A.D.’ as it continues immediately after the ‘The Bible’ ended.”
The network’s Entertainment President, Jennifer Salke, also teased the story for the new miniseries, noting that the first episode will show the final moments of the Crucifixion before moving on to the Resurrection.
“You might think the story is over at the Crucifixion, but as most of the world knows, that was only the beginning,” she said. “Everyone’s lives were completely altered in an instant and the immediate aftermath of Christ’s death had an impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the time.”
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