NBC announces sequel to 'The Bible' miniseries

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — A sequel to the hit miniseries, "The Bible," has been picked up by NBC.

The network said Monday that it will join with producer Mark Burnett and his actress-wife, Roma Downey, on the sequel. Burnett and Downey produced "The Bible," which aired in March.

"NBC is thrilled to bring this highly-anticipated sequel to Mark and Roma's 'The Bible' to network television," said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment.

The original 10-part miniseries was the number one new cable series of 2013 and dominated the ratings on The History Channel. It attracted an average of 10 million viewers per episode and more than 11 million for its finale on Easter Sunday. It was also the number one new cable series of 2013.

"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," said Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.

According to NBC, the working title for the sequel is "A.D.: Beyond the Bible."  The series will begin with the days after Jesus' betrayal and death.

"What happened in the aftermath — which is essentially the beginning of Christianity — is utterly fascinating," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said.

Casting and air dates have not yet been released.