Sunday evening episodes of “A.D. The Bible Continues” are scheduled on NBC for this ongoing 12 part series. Ten of millions watched the premiere of “A.D. the Bible Continues” as the top-watched television program on Easter Sunday evening. Due to the great efforts to make this series Biblically accurate, it has already gained the support of pastors from wide range of denominations as they use the series as teaching tools. As producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have visited churches around the country, the grassroots movement of support from people of faith in the Bible has been growing.
On April 11, Roma Downey has provided a video preview for her supporters of Episode Two. Dr. Ted Baehr, after screening the second episode, has written, “Episode 2 of A.D.: THE BIBLE CONTINUES is powerful, setting up even more drama as the series begins to enter the book of Acts. Though certain verses from scripture are glossed over, much of the scripture is kept intact, though some of the drama between the Romans and the Jewish leaders is dramatized speculation, though entirely likely. Fantastic set design and exciting music bring it home and makes A.D. entertaining and inspiring television. Everything about this program reflects scriptural authenticity. The filmmakers have done a tremendous job of marrying the history of the Bible with a powerful dramatic story.”
IMDb describes the NBC series, ” ‘A.D.’ picks up where the smash hit, ‘The Bible,’ left off, continuing the greatest story ever told and exploring the exciting and inspiring events that followed the Crucifixion of Christ. As most of the world knows, the Crucifixion was only the beginning of the story. The immediate aftermath of Christ’s death had a massive impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the era,,,, from the sorrow of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice to the awe-inspiring wonder of the Resurrection and beyond. From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes an uplifting spiritual journey through the later chapters of biblical history.”
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have largely been responsible for encouraging a growing interest in Bible stories and those of faith in Hollywood. Their series “The Bible” was watched by 100 million. Their movie “Son of God” was at the top of the box office.
In an exclusive interview with producer, Eduardo Verástegui, he has shared how Roma Downey and Mark Burnett have come alongside his Metanoia Films, after a private screening of the movie, to help produce “Little Boy,” Along with other inspirational television programs, they are further working on a remake of “Ben-Hur.”
There has been an accelerating production of faith-based, Christian, and redemptive movies and television programs by independent and Hollywood companies that are improving in the ongoing Reformation of content and Renaissance of artistry. They are positively serving the country and the world with Hope for Such a Time as This!
Written by Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performance Studies)