The announcement was made Monday by Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, and Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.
"NBC is thrilled to bring this highly-anticipated sequel to Mark and Roma's 'The Bible' to network television," Salke said in a statement. "There was huge interest in this project within the television community and NBC is gratified by Mark's confidence in our ability to partner with him and position this miniseries as true event television."
"I followed the development process of 'The Bible' closely with Mark and knew that the story was far from over after Christ's crucifixion," Greenblatt said. "In fact, what happened in the aftermath -- which is essentially the beginning of Christianity -- is utterly fascinating. The day after 'The Bible' premiered, I told Mark we were on board with no hesitation for the follow-up miniseries. This will be attention-getting in every way, and we're proud to continue our association with Mark, which has just grown exponentially from 'The Voice.'"
"We are thrilled to be working with Bob, Jen and Quinn Taylor to bring the follow-up to our hit cable series 'The Bible' to broadcast television with NBC," said Burnett and Downey in a joint statement. "Our new series, 'A.D.: Beyond the Bible,' is another massive project and a major commitment, but it's a story that has to be told. It's a story that changed the world. We look forward to making this an enormous television event on NBC."
"The Bible" was a huge ratings hit when it aired on the History channel this spring. More than 1 million copies of the DVD and Blu-ray version have been sold.