In his first night back on the air Monday after a two-week hiatus, Stephen Colbert focused on spiritual matters. As “America’s most influential Catholic,” Colbert was naturally disappointed to have missed out on covering the election of Pope Francis, but luckily there was even bigger religious news to discuss — the History channel's megahit miniseries “The Bible,” which wraps up its run this week.
While the program has been a ratings winner for the network, drawing more than 10 million viewers a week, it doesn't sound as if Colbert is much of a fan. He seemed baffled by the decision to turn the Bible into a miniseries, sarcastically claiming that “the word of God and the story of all creation doesn’t really have the legs to sustain an entire series, unlike the History channel’s 'Big Shrimpin'.'"
Colbert was equally skeptical about the casting of Roma Downey — who executive produced “The Bible” along with her husband, reality-TV magnate Mark Burnett — in the role of the Virgin Mary. “Wow, I wonder who she had to sleep with to get that part. Nobody! It’s called the Immaculate Audition,” he said.