"A.D. The Bible Continues" Promises to Be "Must Watch" Viewing for Easter Season

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A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES -- Pictured: "A.D. The Bible Continues" Horizontal Key Art -- (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES — Pictured: “A.D. The Bible Continues” Horizontal Key Art — (Photo by: NBCUniversal)

I just spent the last hour watching as sneak peek of Sunday’s premier of the new N.B.C. drama A.D. The Bible Continues. Following on the heals of their massive hit The Bible, Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett again combine forces to bring new dramatic life to timeless truths.

A.D. debuts on Sunday and will air for twelve weeks. After watching this first installment, I have the sense that for many of us this will become not only faith-oriented viewing, but also the kind of “must see” appointment that we’ve made for shows such as Downtown Abbey, Mad Men, or Breaking Bad.

I say this not because the content is the same sort of sometimes “adult” oriented fare as those shows. The first episode of A.D. that I screened is definitely more mature viewing because of the graphic nature of the crucifixion scenes that it covered so beautifully. But I liken it to some of these other episodic dramas because of its heavy emphasis on the relationships and people behind the action.

A.D. -- "TBD" Episode 101 -- Pictured: Juan Pablo di Pace as Jesus -- (Photo by: Joe Alblas/Lightworkers Media/NBC)

A.D. — “TBD” Episode 101 — Pictured: Juan Pablo di Pace as Jesus — (Photo by: Joe Alblas/Lightworkers Media/NBC)

In Sunday’s episode, we watch as Jesus is condemned and crucified. We witness the political and religious intrigue that leads to Jesus’ condemnation by the rulers of his time. We stand with Mary (played not by Downey in this series, but by the truly compelling Greta Scacchi) and the beloved disciple John (Babou Ceesay) at the foot of the cross. We witness Peter’s betrayal and the disciple’s palpable fear as Christ is laid in the tomb. With them, we wait…

These are pieces of the story we already know, so don’t expect “cliffhangers”. But I think you’ll join me in being surprised at how you can see biblical content you’ve known and believed for years presented in such new and fresh ways. I honestly can’t wait to watch the New Testament play out with this series. The production value, scriptwriting and acting in A.D. combine to build upon the previous successes of Downey and Burnett.

I’ve already set my DVR to series record for this one! If you enjoy great television as much as you love learning about the roots of our faith, I hope you’ll join me.

A.D. The Bible Continues premiers Sunday, April 5th at 9/8c on NBC

Copyright 2015 Lisa M. Hendey

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

3 Comments

  1. Hoping that Mary has more of a presence in “A.D.” than she did in “The Bible” where she left for Nazareth right after the crucifixion. Did she not believe her son would rise? And as a good Jew she still should’ve been in mourning. Really upset that someone like Downey – who is Catholic – let that go.

    • Kemara, I don’t want to give away any spoilers but I want you to feel assured that this issue is addressed in the first episode. I don’t know what happens beyond that…

  2. Sorry, but I quit reading after your comment comparing anything religious in nature to secular tv. There just is no comparison! Why do you even watch such garbage???

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