April 11, 2013 |
If Rupert Murdoch had gotten his way, the miniseries "The Bible" might very well have ended up airing on the Fox News Channel instead of the History channel, where it was a huge hit. Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corp., was hot for "The Bible" as soon as he heard about it from Mark Burnett, the reality TV king ("Survivor," "The Apprentice") who made the miniseries with wife Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment. Although Hearst co-owns History, "The Bible" was pitched elsewhere first and Murdoch was the first to raise his hand for the event program.
March 26, 2013 |
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.
March 23, 2013
Total time: 30 minutes Servings: 10 servings of ¼ cup (makes about 2½ cups) Note: Sweet red wine is traditional in haroset, but you can use any wine you like or substitute grape juice. 1 cup almonds (about 5 ounces) 1 cup walnuts (about 3.5 ounces) 1 cup pitted dates (about 4.5 ounces or 20 Deglet Noor dates), pitted, halved and cut in chunks 1/2 cup dried apricots (3 ounces or 12 apricots), cut in chunks 1/2 cup dried figs (about 4 large whole figs)
March 18, 2013 |
The producers of History's enormous ratings hit "The Bible" may want to add a disclaimer to future episodes of the religious miniseries: Any resemblance between Satan and President Obama is purely coincidental. Given its subject matter, it was all but inevitable that "The Bible" would become a magnet for controversy, and so it has, though not for the reasons you might expect -- like, say, its emphasis on violence or its decidedly European-looking cast . No, the reason that executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett found themselves on the defensive on Monday is that a number of viewers, including conservative pundit Glenn Beck, have noticed a resemblance between Obama and Mohamen Mehdi Ouzaani, the actor who plays the Devil in the miniseries.
March 12, 2013 |
Against all odds, David emerged victorious over a giant ... named Donald Trump? "The Bible," History's 10-part epic produced by Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, converted 10.8 million total viewers for chapters three and four on Sunday, covering the stories of King David, Samson and other characters. That was down 17% from last week's record-shattering premiere, but it was still an impressive number for a scripted miniseries on basic cable. "The Bible" also easily outdrew NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," the reality competition overseen by Trump, which scored just 5 million from 9 to 11 p.m. Sunday.
March 5, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before syncing my new BlackBerry to my work email. The Skinny: It's good to be back home. Ask me in a few hours if it is good to be back in the office. Kidding! Tuesday's headlines include a look at how Hollywood tries to spin a bad movie, Paramount is getting back into TV production and History Channel had a Sunday night to remember. Daily Dose: Steve Capus, who resigned as president of NBC News last month, was given a farewell party Monday night by the network that was his home for two decades.
March 4, 2013 |
And on the seventh day, History created humongous ratings. The cable network got its prayers answered by retelling two epics Sunday. First, its 10-part, Mark Burnett-produced miniseries "The Bible" premiered to 13.1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen. That made it the No. 1 entertainment telecast of the year on cable TV. Then, at 10 p.m., the network followed up with the initial installment of "The Vikings," its first scripted series, which slapped horned helmets on 6.2 million viewers.
March 3, 2013 |
Mark Burnett, one of the most prolific reality-show producers on television, is going from scorched earth to burning bush. The former military paratrooper who made his name in Hollywood with back-biting, take-no-prisoners programs such as "Survivor," now in its 26th season, and "Celebrity Apprentice," is tackling the Bible in a 10-hour miniseries that marks his first foray into the scripted genre. The show, which launches Sunday on History channel and runs on consecutive Sundays through Easter, covers the Old and New Testaments and cherry-picks some of the best-known stories from Genesis to Revelation.
March 2, 2013 |
History channel, which for so many years seemed dedicated primarily to discovering how many documentaries might be extracted from the Second World War - the Hitler Channel was its joking sobriquet - has been branching out. Last year, its "Hatfields & McCoys" miniseries set basic-cable records and was nominated for 16 Emmys (and won five). Sunday brings its first scripted drama, "Vikings," and another miniseries, "The Bible," scheduled so that it ends on Easter. There are millions if not billions who take the Bible as literal truth, but it is not history as we commonly understand the word.
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December 26, 2012 |
The children's section offers the standard selection of Hardy Boys. Across the store, a shelf marked "Classics" carries more of the usual fare, including a range of work by Charles Dickens. But for a brick-and-mortar bookstore to survive today, the basics are not enough. So Clarey Rudd, owner of the new Bank of Books, Malibu, has learned to customize, and to cater to his clients in novel ways. On display near the front of his store is "50 Years of James Bond. " Inside are pictures of Pierce Brosnan, one of many celebrities who stop in from time to time.