NBC Partnering with Mark Burnett for ‘The Bible’ Sequel

This past March uber-producer Mark Burnett, the man behind such reality shows like ‘The Voice’ and ‘Celebrity Apprentice’, and his actress-wife Roma Downey (‘Touched By An Angel’) were the producers behind ‘The Bible’, the 10-hour top-rated mini-series that aired on the History Channel.

And now it would seem that his working relationship with NBC will bring a sequel (of sorts) called A.D.: Beyond The Bible (currently the working title) to the struggling network that announced this project as the network’s first under their new longform programming initiative.

Jennifer Salke, the President of NBC Entertainment, and Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment, made the announcement yesterday with Salke sharing, “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 (a) true event television”.

Greenblatt added: “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. 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'”.

‘A.D.: Beyond The Bible’ will begin 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’ averaged 11.4 million viewers over its run in March and in its first week of home video release, it became the top-selling mini-series of all time and the number one TV series on DVD and Blu-Ray in the past five years.

‘AD: Beyond the Bible’ will be executive produced by Roma Downey, Mark Burnett and Richard Bedser and it will be a co-production between LightWorkers Media, Hearst Productions and Universal Television.

An official airdate has yet to be set, as the mini-series has yet to begin production, but if the sequel can bring those kinds of ratings to NBC as it did for the History Channel, it will certainly be a big boost for the network.