NBC says it will film the 12-hour miniseries “A.D.: Beyond the Bible“, from producers Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, as a follow-up to the miniseries “The Bible” that aired on the History channel earlier this year. The network says “A.D.” is projected to air on NBC in spring 2015 with a storyline that begins in the days after Jesus’ crucifixion.
NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said:
“You might think the story is over at the Crucifixion, but as most of the world knows, that was only the beginning. 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. In the first episode alone you see the last moments of the Crucifixion, Judas taking his own life after betraying Christ, Peter denying Jesus three times, and then the miracle of the Resurrection. We feel so fortunate to be in the hands of Mark and Roma, who have proven that the greatest story ever told is still just that.”
The 10-part series, “The Bible”, was an unexpected hit on History, premiering last March to an audience of 13.1 million viewers. Since its release on DVD and Blu-ray in April, The Bible has become the top-selling miniseries of all time in its first week of release, shipping 525,000 units.