Got 10 Hours? The Bible Coming to History Channel
Survivor producer Mark Burnett working on 10-hour docudrama, to air in 2013
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Posted May 24, 2011 12:58 PM CDT
FILE - This Jan 6, 2011 file photo shows Mark Burnett, left, and Roma Downey at the Oprah Winfrey Network Television Critics Association 2011 Winter Press Tour Cocktail Reception in Pasadena, Calif. Burnett...   (Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – Making a complete 180 in the moral leanings of his work, Survivor producer Mark Burnett will next be telling epic Scripture stories. The reality TV king and his wife, actress Roma Downey, are producing 10-part docudrama The Bible for the History Channel. Set to air in 2013, the series will combine live action with computer-generated imagery to retell stories ranging from Noah and the Ark to Exodus to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Shooting is planned for the Middle East and elsewhere.

As a kid in the 1960s, Burnett was thrilled by the special-effects miracle of a sundered Red Sea in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments. Burnett says he and Downey (who starred in a different look at faith, the fantasy series Touched by an Angel) have been working on the project for two years, but says they're not on a mission: "Our job is to tell the stories in an emotionally connected way."The Bible is among the History Channel's biggest ventures, but the president also declined to detail the exact budget.