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March 3, 2013 | By T.L. Stanley
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.
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March 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Mid-flight thriller "Non-Stop," the latest action movie to star Liam Neeson, flew just higher than "Son of God" to top the box office over the Oscar weekend.  "Non-Stop" grossed a studio-estimated $30 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada through Sunday, while the New Testament retelling took in $26.5 million. After three weeks at No. 1, "Lego Movie" landed in third place with $21 million in revenue. It has generated $209 million domestically so far.     Released in North America by Universal Pictures, "Non-Stop" stars Neeson as a federal air marshal trying to save a crowded airliner.
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July 7, 1996 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The angels seem to be smiling down on Roma Downey. Last month, the Irish actress and her husband, director David Anspaugh ("Hoosiers"), were blessed with a daughter, Reilly Marie. And on the professional front, Downey's CBS series, "Touched By an Angel," has defied all the odds. A victim of negative reviews, frequent preemptions and low ratings in its first season, it performed a miracle in its second year, becoming an unqualified hit in the Saturdays at 9 p.m. graveyard slot.
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February 28, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting my boat out of the garage. The Skinny: Am I the only one disappointed (but not surprised) that Jay Leno couldn't go two weeks without popping back up on a late-night TV show? Maybe there is a 12-step program for him. Loving this rain but hope its gone by Sunday so my colleagues working the red carpet aren't drenched. Today's headlines include the box-office preview and, of course, more Oscar coverage. Daily Dose: Time Warner Cable feels so bad that some Los Angeles viewers had their Super Bowl disrupted by a brief outage that it is even sending gift cards to folks that are no longer customers of the pay-TV provider.
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June 16, 1998
Roma Downey, the star of "Touched by an Angel," is producing and starring in an adaptation of William Gibson's play "Monday After the Miracle" for CBS. It's a sequel to "The Miracle Worker," about Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan. Downey will portray Sullivan, while Moira Kelly will play Keller as a 20-year-old college student. Christina Pickles and Billy Campbell also star. The film will be broadcast next season.
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March 26, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
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.
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February 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Son of God" won't be giving the devil his due - or rather, his screen time. To avoid another controversy about the character of Satan bearing a physical resemblance to President Obama in the upcoming religious film, the filmmakers have gone out of their way to edit the devil's scenes out of "Son of God," which is based on the TV miniseries "The Bible. " "It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor," producer Roma Downey told the Hollywood Reporter . "This is now a movie about Jesus, the son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time.
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April 11, 2013 | By Joe Flint
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.
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March 18, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
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.
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December 24, 1998 | BRIAN LOWRY
Roma Downey worked a little magic for CBS Sunday, as her dual appearance in "Touched by an Angel" and the TV movie "Borrowed Hearts: A Holiday Romance" helped the network claim first place for the fifth time in six weeks, based on results issued Wednesday by Nielsen Media Research.
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February 27, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Each week, thousands of Christians gather for prayer and discussion at Liberty University's cavernous Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va. One Monday morning in January, they listened to husband-and-wife film producing team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey pitch their new movie, "Son of God. " About 10,000 students and faculty members watched as the pair behind the hit History channel miniseries "The Bible" showed clips from the film and discussed its...
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February 26, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes   Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 23 - March 1, 2014 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SERIES The Big Bang Theory Sheldon (Jim Parsons) re-evaluates the changes in his life, Leonard (Johnny Galecki) buys a dining room table, and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) is torn when Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) gets the chance to return to space. 8 p.m. CBS Community Professor Duncan (John Oliver)
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February 18, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Son of God" won't be giving the devil his due - or rather, his screen time. To avoid another controversy about the character of Satan bearing a physical resemblance to President Obama in the upcoming religious film, the filmmakers have gone out of their way to edit the devil's scenes out of "Son of God," which is based on the TV miniseries "The Bible. " "It gives me great pleasure to tell you that the devil is on the cutting-room floor," producer Roma Downey told the Hollywood Reporter . "This is now a movie about Jesus, the son of God, and the devil gets no more screen time.
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December 17, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Bible" was a hit for History this year, so it only makes sense that more would be coming. On Tuesday, NBC announced the sequel -- "A.D. " -- is making the leap from cable to broadcast. It will air on NBC sometime in the spring of 2015. The 12-hour miniseries, executive produced by "The Apprentice" creator Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser, is expected to take up the story of the New Testament after the crucifixion of Jesus. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said in a statement, "Everyone's lives were completely altered in an instant and the immediate aftermath of Christ's death had an impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the time. In the first episode alone you see the last moments of the Crucifixion, Judas taking his own life after betraying Christ, Peter denying Jesus three times, and then the miracle of the Resurrection.
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July 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
A decade ago, "The Passion of the Christ" proved that tens of millions of Christians around the country would buy a ticket to see a film about Jesus Christ. Can a new movie repeat the feat? That's the question facing, of all people, the most successful reality-television producer working today, Mark Burnett. Burnett is making plans to bring the movie, primarily about the crucifixion and the resurrection, to a theater near you. The as-yet untitled film is a 2¼-hour distillation of "The Bible," the 10-hour History Channel miniseries that on Thursday landed an Emmy nomination . But Burnett told The Times that even viewers who watched the miniseries will find new angles in the film.
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July 18, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
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.
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July 18, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
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.
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March 2, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Mid-flight thriller "Non-Stop," the latest action movie to star Liam Neeson, flew just higher than "Son of God" to top the box office over the Oscar weekend.  "Non-Stop" grossed a studio-estimated $30 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada through Sunday, while the New Testament retelling took in $26.5 million. After three weeks at No. 1, "Lego Movie" landed in third place with $21 million in revenue. It has generated $209 million domestically so far.     Released in North America by Universal Pictures, "Non-Stop" stars Neeson as a federal air marshal trying to save a crowded airliner.
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July 1, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"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.
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April 11, 2013 | By Joe Flint
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.
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