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.”
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. The premiere episode this spring, after all, attracted 13 million viewers, a record for History.
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