NBC has officially given the green light to the 12-hour miniseries “A.D.,” dubbed a follow-up to the wildly successfully “The Bible” miniseries that aired on the History channel in the the spring and did wonders for the network’s ratings and popularity among Christians.

The creators of “The Bible” series, “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett and his wife, “Touched by an Angel” star Roma Downey, expressed excitement over NBC finally signing off on the project after initial talks that started last summer.

“We are so thrilled to be all systems go with NBC on ‘A.D.,’ our follow-up to ‘The Bible,'” said Downey and Burnett in a Tuesday press statement. “It is the story that changed the world. Millions have died for it and billions live by it. We know that an enormous community will be counting the days until ‘A.D.’ premieres. We look forward to making this an epic global television event.”

Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, added, “Last year when Mark Burnett was launching ‘The Bible’ on cable, I told him, without hesitation, that if he wanted to tell more of the story, we’d love to do it at NBC. We are firmly in the ‘event’ business and nothing has more event potential than ‘A.D.’ as it continues immediately after the ‘The Bible’ ended.”

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