Of Kings and Prophets producers defend the series against poorly-informed critiques while the ratings slide

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The news wasn’t good for Of Kings and Prophets in the ratings last night. The second episode of the Old Testament series — which I thought was an improvement on the first episode — lost over a quarter of its audience from the week before. The episode had only 2.4 million viewers and it got a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

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Watch: David has a crush on a princess in a sneak peek from next week’s Of Kings and Prophets, plus a new featurette

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Of Kings and Prophets didn’t quite find the audience it was looking for when it premiered the other day, but there are still several episodes to come. The network has released a new featurette on the series, a sneak peek of next week’s episode, and some clips from the premiere that aired two nights ago. Check ’em out below the jump.

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Zealot screenwriter James Schamus: “It’s all about Jesus.”

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James Schamus, the former CEO of Focus Features and a frequent collaborator of Ang Lee’s, is making his directorial debut at Sundance this week with a film called Indignation — and while promoting his film, he has also talked about his work on the film adaptation of Reza Aslan’s Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, which Lionsgate is producing with Harry Potter producer David Heyman.

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Sex, diversity, accuracy and more: the Of Kings & Prophets producers speak

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Two weeks ago, I linked to a story about the sex scenes in Of Kings and Prophets and wondered how graphic they could really be, given that this series is being made for network television. Well, now we have a partial answer: the producers, speaking on a panel to promote the series yesterday, said the network might put racier versions of the episodes online, after the more censored versions have aired on television.

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Watch: Behind-the-scenes clips from Of Kings and Prophets

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Deadline reports that ABC has struck a new deal with Chris Brancato, a veteran producer of such shows as Hannibal and Narcos, and along the way it mentions that the pilot for Of Kings and Prophets — which Brancato is joining as an executive producer — “was filmed in South Africa.” Note the past tense.

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Guess who’s behind the new ABC series about King David

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The Wrap reports that ABC has ordered five new pilot episodes — basically test runs for potential full-fledged series — and one of them is biblical in nature.

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