August 14, 2013
Two Hemet men arrested after reading the Bible aloud outside a California Department of Motor Vehicles building were acquitted by a judge. Prosecutors claim the men, Brett Coronado, 44, and Mark Mackey, 60, illegally demonstrated without a permit on Feb. 2, 2011, when their church evangelism team gathered outside the DMV office in Hemet to recite Bible verses, the Times' Matt Hamilton reported. Mackey was arrested by a California Highway Patrol officer on suspicion of preaching to a captive audience.
August 8, 2013 |
Some say it will take a miracle for Congress to pass common-sense immigration reform. That miracle may be in the making, helped along by Christians who want to put their faith into action. On July 25, 300 evangelical Christians from 27 states had 110 meetings with their mostly Republican representatives on Capitol Hill to ask them to let personal faith replace political fear. Republican leaders told us we represented a "new factor" in the debate on immigration, a grass-roots constituency for reform that can influence the political right.
July 18, 2013 |
As a kingpin of nonscripted programming, Mark Burnett has won five prime time Emmys and been nominated for many more. But there's a special place in his heart for the recognition the TV academy gave him for “The Bible,” his History miniseries that picked up three nominations Thursday, including for outstanding miniseries or movie. “It's not like some people from Hollywood decided to make a Bible thing,” he said. “We completely believe in the Bible.” EMMYS 2013: Full coverage | Top nominees | Complete list | Recap | Nominee reactions Burnett, who executive-produced the 10-part series with his wife, actress Roma Downey, said he had wondered whether the program's commercial success would work against it with Emmy voters.
July 1, 2013 |
"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.“ VIDEO: Summer 2013 TV preview "The Bible," oddly enough, made history on an entirely different network: History Channel.
June 20, 2013 |
Executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey had lofty aspirations for their miniseries "The Bible," but the Twitter fans who dubbed Diogo Morgado "Hot Jesus" found more earthly pleasures in the History program as well. Morgado wasn't well known outside his native Portugal before the first of his five episodes aired on the History Channel, but given that the series' ratings topped 13 million U.S. viewers some weeks, it's safe to say he's a recognizable face nowadays. ("I know you from somewhere ... church?"
June 20, 2013 |
Miniseries such as "Top of the Lake" and "The Bible," both expected to figure in the race for Emmys, are in the vanguard of the remarkable resurgence of a format that, until recently, the industry had all but abandoned. So much long-form programming is now in the pipeline that in April, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences restored supporting acting categories for movies and miniseries, reversing an earlier decision to collapse the acting categories in response to a decline in production.