"The Bible" is getting its holy sequel.
NBC said Monday it was teaming with resident producer Mark Burnett ("The Voice," "Celebrity Apprentice") for "A.D.: Beyond the Bible" (working title), the follow-up to this spring's popular cable miniseries "The Bible" from Burnett and his wife, Roma Downey. It's the first announced project under the network's new mini-series initiative.
“NBC is thrilled to bring this highly anticipated sequel to Mark and Roma’s ‘The Bible’ to network television,” said Jennifer Salke, the network's president of entertainment, in a statement. “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.“
"The Bible," oddly enough, made history on an entirely different network: History Channel. The cable network scored big with the 10-hour miniseries, which premiered to a hefty 13.1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, back in March and wrapped Easter Sunday with nearly 12 million viewers. Since then, Burnett has hinted that a follow-up was in the works.
Burnett had been in talks with History, which is owned by the A&E Television Networks, about bringing the sequel to life there, but ultimately NBC offered a heftier paycheck, according to a source close to production.