July 1, 2013 at 3:15 PM ET
Hallelujah! Fans of spring's wildly popular History miniseries "The Bible" are about to get more of the project. The sequel, tentatively titled "A.D.: Beyond the Bible," is coming to NBC, the network announced Monday.
"I followed the development process of 'The Bible' closely with (executive producer) Mark (Burnett) and knew that the story was far from over after Christ's crucifixion," Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. "In fact, what happened in the aftermath -- which is essentially the beginning of Christianity -- is utterly fascinating. The day after 'The Bible' premiered, I told Mark we were on board with no hesitation for the follow-up miniseries."
"Our new series, 'A.D.: Beyond the Bible,' is another massive project and a major commitment, but it's a story that has to be told," Burnett and his wife and executive producer, Roma Downey, said in a statement. "It's a story that changed the world. We look forward to making this an enormous television event on NBC."
According to NBC, "Beyond the Bible" will kick off "in the dark days after Jesus' betrayal and death," and will follow his disciples' "stand against the combined might of Rome and their own local authorities."
"The Bible" premiered in March to 13.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen. NBC has not yet revealed an air date for the sequel.