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Expectations soar for epic Bible series

Kris Dmytrenko

Thursday, January 31, 2013

If a television producer predicts that the viewership of his new series will eclipse “Survivor”, “Celebrity Apprentice”, and “The Voice”, some skepticism is warranted. The statement becomes even bolder when the subject of this series is religious. Yet when the producer’s name is Mark Burnett, grand expectations are warranted.
Burnett and his wife Roma Downey are the executive producers of “The Bible”, a ten hour mini-series debuting on the History Channel on March 3. Burnett revolutionized TV with the aforementioned reality programs, while Downey is best known for her role on the long-running series “Touched by an Angel”. Their prayer is that, over the next 25 years, “The Bible” mini-series will reach a larger audience than all of their previous work combined. Their hopes are bolstered by the public's insatiable appetite for period dramas like "Game of Thrones" and "The Borgias".
Burnett and Downey previewed an hour of “The Bible” at the studios of Crossroads Television Network (CTS) in Burlington, Ontario. S+L’s Pedro Guevara Mann and I were among the enthusiastic audience who got a sneak peak. Having seen the trailer beforehand, we both anticipated a visually-breathtaking, big-budget production. However, we were even more impressed by the fresh, creative storytelling that injected new drama into the biblical stories, while remaining authentic to the scriptures.
You can see a clip of my interview with Burnett and Downey on Perspectives Daily. The full interview will be seen on a future episode of Catholic Focus.


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