“The Bible” Sequel Coming to NBC

From the New York Times:  In an indication of the shifting center of power in television, a broadcast network, NBC, has stepped up to buy the sequel to a hit cable mini-series, “The Bible,” which appeared on the History Channel. The follow-up series, “A.D.: Beyond the Bible,” will trace the early history of Christianity and [Read More...]

Mark Burnett Plans Follow-up to “The Bible”

What’s unclear is if this will be a sequel (though Acts and the journeys of Paul would make a great one). From the Hollywood Reporter: Mark Burnett says there will be a follow-up project to his hugely successful 10-part miniseries, The Bible. The producer also revealed he has just finished editing the feature version of the series that will [Read More...]

EWTN Prepares to Launch Its News Show with Stories “Through a Catholic Lens”

It will debut next month from studios in Washington, and the Washington Post has a preview: By planting a stake in Washington — in an office space near Capitol Hill — EWTN hopes to raise its profile on issues where religion converges with public affairs: abortion, contraception, stem cell research, immigration, the death penalty, terrorism [Read More...]

Jean Stapleton and a “Simple Melody”

The comedy icon and treasure died today at the wondrous age of 90. There’s was more to her than what folks saw every week on “All in the Family.” Below, a delightful example from “The Muppet Show” that proves she really had a lovely singing voice (despite what we heard on “Those Were the Days”) [Read More...]

Geek alert: Spock vs. Spock in new Audi commercial

Whoever came up with this idea should win the Nobel prize. Leonard Nimoy and Zachary Quinto star in a car commercial that may be the coolest nerdfest since that Darth Vader Volkswagon ad. [Read more...]

To life: Publix salutes moms—and the unborn

Below, a Mother’s Day ad from Publix supermarkets that carries not only a great message for mothers, but a great message for life.  Read about it here.  But  watch it below. [Read more...]

TV’s “The Bible” headed to movie screens this fall

The visionary producer Mark Burnett has had another vision: dollar signs. Details:  Jesus is heading back to the big screen. TV producer Mark Burnett revealed Monday that he is preparing a three-hour movie version of his hit History Channel mini-series, “The Bible.” The film will contain “recut scenes and extra stuff” from the record breaking [Read More...]

Network may add church-based dating show

Attention television executives: yes, there is an audience for this kind of programming. Take note. Details:  Spurred by the success of an original game show that rewards knowledge of the Bible rather than, say, how much grocery items cost at the supermarket checkout, the GSN cable channel is considering a dating show with a religious [Read More...]

RIP: Annette Funicello, Catholic

Sad news, with word that the most famous Mouseketeer of all died today after a long battle with MS. The photo here shows her with first husband Jack Gilardi, leaving St. Cyril’s Roman Catholic Church in Encino, Calif., on Jan. 9, 1965, following their wedding ceremony. Annette spoke of her faith some years back, and how [Read More...]

Maria Shriver on St. Francis

A famous woman from a rich family reports on a famous saint from a rich family in her unexpected appearance on the TODAY show Monday. [Read more...]