I guess if you're religious this might appeal to you.
No idea what this is going to be, aside from being about the Bible (duh) and this first episode is 2 hours long.
I'm curious if it is going to be be part documentary part drama (like Men Who Built America) or something else entirely.
I figured I'd start a thread as it could be interesting and worth discussion if it isn't just horribly boring, then we can just lol and let the thread die.
8pm EST tonight!
I guess if you're religious this might appeal to you.
This is what I'm curious about. If it was on "The Bible Channel" I'd ignore it entirely. Because it is on the History Channel though, it makes me a bit curious about what the content will really be. There is a fair amount of leeway in how "The Bible" is presented.
2 hours of MST3000 of the Old Testament would be kinda hilarious.
This is what it's about, this is is the demographic it appeals to, the only alternate version shown on the "history" channel would be about how jesus was actually an alien.
Oh lord that sounds horrible.
Are we going to see Noah bang his 14 y/o daughter to repopulate the planet?
7 Minutes in and I'm already offended out of my fucking mind.
Watching some of it now. Its not bad..... If you are into the bible. I was raised in a religious home andits easy to follow, but I dont care about this stuff anymore.
I rather they had made more episodes about greek and norse mythology. That was a fucking badass series. Great stories. Well made , my favorite was the Hades episode.
I agree. But the Christians destroyed most of the European religions before there and a lot of the information is guesswork and piecemeal, especially since they didn't write anything down. All we have is the confused translations of the Christian monks.
I'm kind of digging this, aside from that pompous beginning introduction thing.
It's been over 25 years since I remember reading these stories.
What fucked up stories these are to be teaching anyone, never mind children!
Its 10 hours long total.
the dvds,blu ray comes out in April 2013 seen them advertise it already.
Its followed at 10 pm by the viking which is 10 weeks long season 1.
I'm glad History Channel is giving us a great representation on how fucked up religion is. At least the Angels are badass. They could give Spartacus a run for his money.
That Asian angel is an asskicker
Wow. River of blood kind of sucked.
'The Bible,' 10-Hour History Channel Series From Roma Downey And Mark Burnett, To Premiere Sunday
One is best known for playing a kind-hearted angel on a hit television drama. The other is the man behind more than a dozen record-breaking reality shows. But husband and wife Roma Downey ("Touched by an Angel") and Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice") say their biggest achievement is yet to come -- and it offers a stark contrast to the primetime roles that have made them sought-after Hollywood stars.
Called "The Bible" and set to premiere Sunday on the History Channel, their new production is a 10-hour scripted miniseries that aims to take viewers on a dramatic, special effects-filled journey through the world's most popular book, from the story of Noah's Ark to the Exodus and the life of Jesus.
"We're trying to tell the story of God's love for his people," said Downey, who plays the role of Mary in the five-episode series.
She and Burnett were inspired after watching "The Ten Commandments," the famed -- but dated -- 1956 film by Cecil B. DeMille that makes its rounds in television reruns during major holidays. "We saw this as an opportunity engage people in new and exciting ways to consider these stories and re-experience them," said Downey, who conceived the project with Burnett nearly four years ago.
Filmed in Morocco and airing over five Sundays through March 31, "The Bible" spans hundreds of years of biblical history, beginning with the sacrifice of Isaac and ending with the meeting between Pontius Pilate and Jesus and Ananias's baptism of St. Paul. In between, viewers will see Samson destroy the pagan Philistine temple, David fight Goliath, the Baptism of Jesus and Christ walking on water, among other scenes.
Part entertainment, part evangelism, "The Bible" is accompanied by a tremendous commercial push, with trailers in movie theaters and ads across A+E Networks channels, including Lifetime. There are also three books based on the series and a DVD study kit.
As Christians who say they believe the Bible is the “living word of God,” Downey and Burnett have partnered with many of the country's biggest churches to promote the production, among them Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas and prominent evangelicals, including Jim Daly of Focus on the Family and Sam Rodriguez of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. The series' website includes lesson plans for pastors who want to incorporate the show into Sunday sermons and study groups.
Megachurch pastor Rick Warren, the founder of Southern California's Saddleback Church and an adviser to the film, said he will host a webcast on the series on Saturday and plans to use it in the church's weekly study groups. "I have seen probably every film made on the Bible in the last 50 years. This is by far the best one,” Warren said.
Joel Osteen, pastor of Houston's Lakewood church, the country's largest house of worship, screened the series for his 40,000-member congregation in January and is in the midst of a seven-week promotional effort. Saying it showcases the Bible in a “compelling and powerful way,” Osteen told The Huffington Post he believed the show would reach “believers and nonbelievers alike.”
According to Burnett, such a broad impact is part of the series' goal. “The faithful will see the stories of their faith. People who are not faithful will totally enjoy it because it is the greatest story ever told,” he said.
But while the Bible has wide appeal, its depictions can also be controversial. One of the last major Bible film productions, Mel Gibson's "Passion of the Christ" (2004), was heavily criticized for its depiction of Jews and charged with lacking historical accuracy.
Mark Goodacre, a New Testament scholar at Duke University who was one of several academics who consulted on Downey and Burnett's script, said there are bound to be questions of interpretation, accuracy and “what's included and not included” in any Bible adaptation.
“We tried to make sure things held together historically, but in any adaptation that's a compelling drama you have to draw lines and make connections through dialogue, scenes and narrative,” said Goodacre, who noted the series relies on a mix of Biblical translations with dialogue that appeals to modern viewers.
“You don't want people talking King James English, but there are recognizable lines and, of course, iconic places," he said. "But [Downey and Burnett] are also not afraid to provide some linking pieces and do things that are not direct. It's very naturally done.”
Sure would suck to be a lamb during the Old Testament.
Looking forward to this and the Viking season 1 on after this tonight!
DVR- walking dead will watch that after.
There was some spots of bad special effects and some just plain silly acting and story in there, lots of skipping over stuff as well, but wasn't too bad I guess.
Did they show all the babies and children on Earth drowning and fighting for their lives during the great flood? It would be a shame if they didn't include that part.
Really lame. Inappropriate British accents, sword swinging angels, etc. Couldn't watch much of it.
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