As the Year of the Miniseries winds down, with so many networks finding success in this oft-ignored format, one more is jumping onboard the bandwagon: CBS.
They will team up with the executive producing duo (and married power couple) of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to craft a four-hour miniseries based on the New York Times best-seller, ‘The Dovekeepers.’
Burnett and CBS have been partners for years now, as the Emmy Award-winning producer has helmed the reality competition series ‘Survivor’ for nearly 30 iterations. Burnett and Downey found massive success earlier this year with their 10-hour miniseries for the History Channel, ‘The Bible,’ which opened with 13 million viewers.
CBS is hoping for similar achievement with this story, slated for a 2015 release, another tale that blends history and religion with fiction, focusing on love and heroism.
‘The Dovekeepers,’ written by Alice Hoffman and published in 2011 to much regard, is based upon the true events that took place in 70 C.E at Masada, a mountain in ancient Israel in the Judean desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. The miniseries will tell of four women whose independent fights for survival intertwine amidst a Roman assault.
CBS is the latest of many network that are in the miniseries business. Since ‘The Bible,’ the History Channel has aired and put into production several other, including ‘Hatfields & McCoys,’ and a forthcoming effort led by actress Halle Berry about the ancient general Hannibal Barca. FX is developing a limited series based on the Coen brothers feature film ‘Fargo.’
NBC too is in the game, as Burnett has teamed up with them as well, developing a dramatic retelling of the pilgrims journey across the Atlantic, titled ‘Plymouth.’