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The Bible: TV series gets audience of biblical proportions in US
The Telegraph ^ | 03/25/2013 | By Nick Britten

Posted on 03/25/2013 8:56:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The television drama series based on the Bible and shown on the History Channel has amazed critics by garnering huge viewing figures across America and becoming the most surprising television hit of the year.

Defying expectations that a simple retelling of Bible stories, including those of Adam and Eve, and Samson and Delilah, would not appeal to a modern audience, the 10-hour series has been making headlines and had more than 13 million viewers for its first episode.

The Bible has consistently been the top-rated cable television programme on Sunday nights, and some reports estimate that 50million people have watched at least part of one episode.

Experts say television stations ignore audiences interested in religion at their peril: with Christian bloggers and churches able to spread the word about programmes, they can bring massive ratings compared with mainstream fare.

Jason Mittell, a media professor at Vermont’s Middlebury College, said: “It’s a mainstream subculture that often gets ignored. There’s a whole alternative media sphere of Christian blogs and media and broadcasting that can be utilised to generate buzz.”

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bible; boxoffice; moviereview; series; tv

1 posted on 03/25/2013 8:56:47 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The hunger is there.


2 posted on 03/25/2013 8:58:45 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is why we are CONVINCED that the “Patriot’s History Television” series will work, and work well. Go to www.rockinthewallstudios.com under “Projects: In Development” for the trailer. (Have a hankie ready)


3 posted on 03/25/2013 8:59:04 AM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: SeekAndFind




4 posted on 03/25/2013 9:01:17 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I would normally have stayed at my friend’s house to drink some wine but instead I rushed home to watch the Bible. Didn’t want to miss it.


5 posted on 03/25/2013 9:04:29 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: COBOL2Java

Maybe it has a ‘novelty’ attraction to the irreligious. It’s all new to THEM!

:)


6 posted on 03/25/2013 9:09:34 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: SeekAndFind

My only issue with it is the flat out errors in the dramatization, some of which really change the meaning of the story.

For example, the “cast the first stone” story was show last night. In the Biblical account Jesus crouches down and starts writing in the sand and then says “he who is without sin can cast the first stone.” No one knows what he wrote in the sand, but there has been speculation that it may have been the names of the men in the mob who had slept with her.

In the version last night, Jesus rears back to toss then stone, thinks better of it, drops it, and then delivers the line. Brings a whole different meaning to the story.


7 posted on 03/25/2013 9:24:10 AM PDT by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: SeekAndFind

They had a marathon on yesterday, and I flipped to it around 4:00. By 9:00, I had the Missus thoroughly involved and to the point of tears at some points.

This is good TV right here!


8 posted on 03/25/2013 9:25:46 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: SeekAndFind

We’re watching it now. LOVE the scene with Matthew at the Temple. Made tears well up in my eyes.


9 posted on 03/25/2013 9:26:42 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: SeekAndFind

I remember when Bill Maher made the mistake of inviting Charlton Heston onto his show. All four other guests were leftist liberals, full of themselves and blathering on and on about nothing, while Heston just sat there, quietly.

Finally, after realizing that Heston had said nothing so far, halfway through the show, Maher sneeringly suggested that Heston talk about gun control, not as Heston, “But as Moses would have done it.”

And that is exactly what Heston did. Wow.

Standing up, with a booming stage voice, Heston did an improv that would knock your socks off. Other than his voice, you could have heard a pin drop in the audience, or among the other panelists. It was riveting.

Finally he finished and sat down. Dead silence, for at least 10 seconds, before Maher snapped out of it, and said something unimportant to break the spell.

The rest of the show was just the others exchanging some very mild pleasantries, obviously rattled down to their shoes, and totally, absolutely intimidated by Heston.

If anyone in that audience was religious, I bet they suddenly decided that they had better go to church more.


10 posted on 03/25/2013 9:33:06 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s entertaining and thats about it.
Tired saw: Jesus was European stereotype (BeeGees lokking dude) and misguided ethnic speculations about Samson in the OT. I liked that risk espescially opening a nod to the lost tribes in Africa.
I doubt that they will go into the writings of St Paul and the Revelations of John.
It’s a lot of stuff to cover, but the end result when you do “made for TV” gives you exactly what they’ve bargained for...


11 posted on 03/25/2013 9:34:52 AM PDT by hkusp40
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To: SMARTY
Maybe it has a ‘novelty’ attraction to the irreligious. It’s all new to THEM!

[snort!]


Miles: "Hey, Chase! C'mere!"
Chase: "S'up? What'cha watchin? Some TV show?"
Miles: "Yeah! Some show on 'History Channel', really cool! Just tuned it in. Called 'bibble' or somethin'. 'Bout some old dudes."
12 posted on 03/25/2013 9:36:24 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Fighting Obama without Boehner & McConnell is like going deer hunting without your accordion)
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To: hkusp40

RE: I doubt that they will go into the writings of St Paul and the Revelations of John.

I think they will cover the Book of Acts.


13 posted on 03/25/2013 9:40:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

“Heston did an improv that would knock your socks off.”

Uh...What did Chuck say?

any chance for a link?


14 posted on 03/25/2013 9:44:41 AM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, they certainly sanitized the basis for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.


15 posted on 03/25/2013 9:45:07 AM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: hkusp40

Something that did not comport with the Biblical story...

Jesus did not breath life into the dead Lazarus by going into the grave and then breathing on him.

According to the Gospel of John, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”

Lazarus came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Also, I did know that it was Nicodemus who challenged Jesus about paying taxes to Caesar...


16 posted on 03/25/2013 9:46:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: william clark

RE: Well, they certainly sanitized the basis for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Yep, no mention of the mob wanting to rape the Angels disguised as men.

And speaking of the Angels... how the heck did they become Ninjas?


17 posted on 03/25/2013 9:47:23 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

And speaking of the Angels... how the heck did they become Ninjas?

Samurai, NOT NINJAS!!!!!

Ninjas are assassins, Samurai are swordsmen....


18 posted on 03/25/2013 9:52:03 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: LS

Patriot’s History Television Series:
http://www.rockinthewallstudios.com/new_indevelopment.php

Oh my, you are right, that had the tears flowing. I hope and pray this gets made and is a smash hit. We’ve got to do this when it comes out, as mentioned in the post above:

Jason Mittell, a media professor at Vermont’s Middlebury College, said: “It’s a mainstream subculture that often gets ignored. There’s a whole alternative media sphere of Christian blogs and media and broadcasting that can be utilised to generate buzz.”

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...

Please keep us posted!!!(Ping me if you hear more details)



19 posted on 03/25/2013 9:59:22 AM PDT by boxlunch
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To: LS
Awesome Larry! Can't wait to see it. Is there a list to get on for notification of its release? If so, please include me.

BTW...A Patriot's History has made wonderful Christmas gifts for ALL my relatives.

Thanks for making Christmas shopping easy!

20 posted on 03/25/2013 10:03:50 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear
We’re watching it now. LOVE the scene with Matthew at the Temple. Made tears well up in my eyes.

Oh, me too. That was beautifully done.

21 posted on 03/25/2013 10:09:55 AM PDT by Red Boots
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To: SeekAndFind

Did anyone else notice Satan had a return appearance last night?

And did anyone else also notice the Prince of Darkness still looked like our pResident? Still just a coincidence, I’m sure.


22 posted on 03/25/2013 10:23:28 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

some reports estimate that 50million people have watched at least part of one episode.

That makes sense since the country is split down the middle politically. around 115 million vote and 1/2 vote Republican so this makes sense to me. But keep in mind, NCIS gets 20 million viewers a week. The Bible received 13 million its first week and has NEVER been able to repeat those numbers at all.


23 posted on 03/25/2013 10:48:13 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator

Is NCIS a cable show, like The Bible? 13 million viewers is very good, as not everyone has cable.


24 posted on 03/25/2013 11:00:26 AM PDT by mickie (My grandson is a Marine.....now serving in Afghanistan.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve started watching the show. I’ve recorded them but haven’t watched them until now. The show is ok, kind of a quick skim of the Bible.

I just hope more Christian shows will come forward now and help spread the message and give people alternatives to all the vile garbage that’s on TV.


25 posted on 03/25/2013 11:48:41 AM PDT by dragonblustar (2 Peter 3:18)
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To: SeekAndFind

I love them. I have some minor criticisms, like last night when Jesus told Peter that he would deny Him before dawn, instead of before the cock crows 3 times. I don’t know why they had to change the verbage on that. But I’m tickled that its ratings are doing so well.


26 posted on 03/25/2013 12:20:17 PM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: boxlunch

I THINK (underscore think) that I have a deal to fund the theatrical version, but we are still looking for money to do a six part TV series.


27 posted on 03/25/2013 2:44:16 PM PDT by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: LS

That’s absolutely wonderful news! I hope it all comes together. The trailer was awesome.


28 posted on 03/26/2013 8:33:36 PM PDT by boxlunch
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