The Bible, a 10-part miniseries that aired on History in March 2013, will not only go down as one of the year's biggest hits, but also one of its biggest surprises as few predicted every installment would garner over 10 million viewers.
The series begins in the dark days after Jesus' betrayal and death, according to a press release. " 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."
"NBC is thrilled to bring this highly-anticipated sequel to Mark and Roma's The Bible to network television," said Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment. "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."