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A.D., Another Serving of Prime Time Bible?

by Bob Waldrep

Leading up to the 2015 Easter season, television viewers have been bombarded with commercials and advertisements for programming with religious themes - nothing unusual as broadcasters hope to capitalize on the heightened interest in Jesus that occurs during the season. One program receiving a significant amount of "prime time" attention is A.D. The Bible Continues. This twelve-part miniseries, which begins airing on NBC on April 5, is produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. It is the follow up to their highly successful series, The Bible, which also aired at prime time on the History Channel during the Easter season of 2013 and broke all the records for cable broadcast viewing.

A.D. continues the story where The Bible series ended. The producers have said it will cover the first ten chapters of the Book of Acts which anticipates additional installments. In fact, reviewers such as TV Guide and Rotten Tomatoes have already listed this airing as "Season 1".

Making it a multi-seasonal series has been in the producers plans from its inception. In an interview with TV Guide in July of 2013 Burnett said, "It could run in the same way as Game of Thrones, 12 hours year after year. I don't think for a minute that A.D.lasts for just a season."

Further making this connection during promotional interviews, Burnett has repeatedly referred to A.D. as House of Cards meets Game of Thrones. Of course, in making this comparison he is alluding to the elements of intrigue, excitement, and danger; however, based on the success of The Bible, he is no doubt making a connection to the success of those series, as well.

Rather than continuing where The Bible ended, the first two episodes are actually a remake of the final episodes of The Bible. The first episode ofA.D. is the crucifixion of Jesus (this was most likely a calculated decision to draw in high ratings for the Easter premiere, despite one interviewers' expression of how fortunate it was that the premiere coincided with Easter) and the second is about the empty tomb and Jesus' ascension - both of which were covered in The Bible.

The remaining ten episodes will deal with the foundation and growth of the early Church which was also covered in the last episode of The Bible - along with the ministry of Paul and the traditional accounts of the deaths of the Apostles. Obviously, much of the story had to be left out in order to cover so much in a single one hour episode; so, it will be good to see how they handle it with ten hours of film.

For Burnett and Downey, who profess to be Christians (See our article, The Bible Comes to Prime Time), telling the story of A.D. is about more than just ratings - it is also about communicating a message. During an appearance on the WSJ Cafe (The Wall Street Journal's online video) Downey was asked. "When you do these kinds of faith-based projects is your first aim to evangelize or to entertain?"

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