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'The Bible' miniseries gets a sequel

Mother Mary, played by Roma Downey, in History

Mother Mary, played by Roma Downey, in History Channel 's "The Bible." Credit: History Channel

A sequel to the Bible?! There is one, or at least will be one, on TV and NBC has it. The network-in-short-supply-of-hits has ordered the sequel to Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's History Channel adaptation that aired in March and collected the biggest crowd (13 million for the first installment) on cable so far this year.

The prequel is called "A.D.: Beyond the Bible," which -- thankfully -- is a working title only.

Here's how NBC describes the series which doesn't have an airdate yet:

Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's epic follow up to their No. 1 miniseries, “The Bible,” -- "A.D.: Beyond the Bible" -- begins 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.

And this is all based on...? NBC doesn't quite say. But NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt said, in part, "This will be attention-getting in every way, and we’re proud to continue our association with Mark which has just grown exponentially from "The Voice.’”

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