That shockingly successful ten-hour 2013 miniseries from producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett set ratings records for History, spawned a feature film and reminded Hollywood that there was a neglected audience hungry for faith-related programming. Enter (after a bidding war) NBC with Downey and Burnett's A.D. The Bible Continues (Sunday, 9 p.m. ET/PT, **1/2 stars out of four), a 12-episode expansion and sequel designed to explore the early years of the new Christian church.
But not yet. First, A.D. revisits territory covered in the earlier miniseries, starting with its Easter Sunday opening episode about the arrest, death and resurrection of Christ.