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March 18, 2013

"Satan" In the Bible Series Kinda Looks Like Obama Would After 15 More Years of Smoking

Hah.

The show's ratings are, as you've probably heard, as high as heaven. I like this especially:

How can the cable mini-series “The Bible” be such a ratings hit when there is no audience for overtly religious entertainment programming? According to the latest Nielsens, released Tuesday, Sunday night’s telecast of “The Bible,” produced by husband-and-wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey for basic cable’s History channel, managed to attract more viewers than anything on broadcast network NBC … during the entire week. The second installment of this five-part mini-series airing at 8-10 p.m. Sundays through Easter — the first foray into scripted drama for “Survivor” creator Burnett — drew 10.8 million viewers, good for number one in its timeslot and number 11 overall for the week.

It's predictable that it's someone like Mark Burnett doing this, as he doesn't do scripted TV and has a reputation as someone who just makes a lot of money doing shows others might put their noses up at (like Survivor). What I mean is that it's my guess he's doing this largely as a money play. Which I'm not knocking-- but why is it so many other people in Hollywood would prefer to not make money than serve the "niche audience of 50% of the country"?



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