Skip to comments.Story of King David Sets Base for New NBC Series
Posted on 03/02/2009 10:47:55 AM PST by GonzoII
A modern-day retelling of the biblical story of King David will be premiering on NBC next month as a network television series. It's "the new coming from the old," said Michael Green.
Fri, Feb. 27, 2009 Posted: 10:44 AM EST
A modern-day retelling of the biblical story of King David will be premiering on NBC next month as a network television series.
Kings, created by Michael Green (Heroes, Everwood), centers on the drama surrounding David Shepherd, a young soldier in the war-torn country of Gilboa, who will rise to fame after inspiring the nation through his fearless rescue of the kings son. Amid Shepherd's thrust toward destiny and peace for the kingdom, however, the country's power players will go to great lengths to see him fall, blurring the line between his allies and enemies.
Its the new coming from the old, said Green last year at the Comic-Con in San Diego, where the series was unveiled for the first time.
Taking an old story and retelling it in a way thats both familiar and very different, he told MovieWeb.
The series is expected to draw the religious and the non-religious the latter because of epic style and dramatic feel, and the former because it is expected to stick closely to the Old Testament, which Green says provides enough material to shape at least several seasons.
The story of King David itself, as Green points out, is one that has transcended religion and has become a part of several different cultures.
Theres something really compelling about it thats attracted people secular and non-secular, said Green. Its much more operatic than it is necessarily religious, even though the source material is, obviously.
Still, the show is expected to strike a chord among the nations religious TV audience and with those familiar with the story of David, which has been of immense importance to Jewish and Christian culture.
The biblical King David, the second king of the united Kingdom of Israel, was an acclaimed warrior, musician and poet who is traditionally credited with the authorship of many of the psalms included in the Book of Psalms.
Among Jews, David's three-decade reign represents the formation of a coherent Jewish kingdom centered in Jerusalem. To Muslims, David is a prophet of Islam to whom the Zabur, or Psalms, were revealed by Allah. And for Christians, the life of the Old Testament king was a prelude to that of Jesus Christ, whose earthly father, Joseph, was a direct descendent of David.
[F]or the people who are very in tune with the Bible ... we have a lot of Easter eggs or elements that they would sort of recognize and think Oh my goodness, theyre actually telling a story thats a really familiar event, Green told MovieWeb. You dont have to know the story to like it, but it could make the story a little richer to get all the references.
The show will not likely be anything like NBCs earlier attempt at a religiously-rooted series the short-lived Book of Daniel, a show that featured a troubled Episcopal priest, his 23-year-old gay Republican son, his womanizing adopted Chinese son, and a rather unconventional Jesus, among other colorful characters.
Nor will it censor the Bible, according to Green.
Strangely enough, they've not yet asked us to censor the Bible, he said, referring to NBC, during a Q&A panel earlier this month. They tried, but then Ive showed them what chapter it was from and they were like, Oh, well I guess thats okay.
It will, though, star Susanna Thompson, who played the priests wife in The Book of Daniel, as Queen Rose Benjamin. But thats about the only tie to past NBC shortcomings revealed so far.
The series also stars Chris Egan (Eragon) as David Shepherd, Ian McShane (Deadwood) as King Silas, and Allison Miller (Lucys Piano) as Silas daughter and Davids love interest.
The premier episode Kings will air on Sunday, Mar. 15, at 8 p.m. ET as a special two-hour event.
On the Web:
"Kings" website at www.nbc.com/Kings/
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Questions or Comments
From the creators of Heroes who constantly bash the War on Terror and push the homosexual agenda (but I watch anyway cuz of superpowers + hot chicks)— no thanks.
I am sure they will tell the truth and support Christianity...the MSM is VERY fair to Christians and the love and respect they have for Jesus is amazing. Like all the series on Nat Geo:
-Discrepancies in the Bible.
-Jesus in the Himalayas.
These are all series that support the truth about God...we’re all happy...NBC will support our cause..I just know it!
I’m looking forward to it because of Ian McShane.
Hollywood is respectful to Judaism and there will be no Christians to slam. I expect this series will treat the subject seriously.
I'll bet you'll check it out...hehehe.
Someone at NBC may actually get the idea that doing this right might could produce a hit worth a lot of $$$. So I'm going to give it a chance. If they distort and pervert the story and source, then I will be the first to trash it. One thing is for sure, 1 & 2 Samuel would make for some epic action and drama, done right.
I thought the commercials for the show looked hokey enough, but now that I know it is a secular retelling of David’s story I KNOW to avoid it.