Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett are going to produce a follow-up miniseries to The Bible, and this time the NBC network will broadcast the installments. The new series is tentatively titled, A.D.: Beyond The Bible. What could possibly go wrong? Keep in mind that a year ago, NBC also debuted a program called The New Normal about a male homosexual couple raising children.
The Bible, the hugely-successful miniseries that History Channel aired in March, garnered 10 million viewers.
A press release put out by Burnett and Downey states that the program pick up 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."
No doubt the new series will haul in a netful of viewers to watch, but there are bigger questions to ask: Will the next installment be more Scripturally sound than the first? You might want to read some of the related articles below to jog your memory on just how blasphemous the first series was, lest you are tempted to say, "it wasn't that bad."
No word on whether Rick Warren will again host the premiere at Saddleback with another 10-part sermon series.