Producers of 'The Bible' on program's success
Mark Burnett, Roma Downey speak out
- Duration 7:18
- Date Mar 18, 2013
Mark Burnett, Roma Downey speak out
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Even before the election of Francis the first ever -- from the new world millions of Americans were tuning into the Bible.
The History Channel miniseries that has been.
The number one rated show on television for the past 2 weeks and I am delighted.
To welcome the executive produces of the Bible to the show they are Mark Burnett and his lovely and talented wife.
Roma -- get to see you good to see you thank you bear.
But coming on -- so happy to be here what -- it terrific I mean what a wonderful wonderful program you have put together really.
But you have quite background.
First of all before it gets -- priestly brother tell us how you felt about the selection.
A -- France it just showed.
Delighted to -- -- alludes to the television.
The phrase that kept being repeat it was he was a man of the people.
And it strikes me he's a Pope a Pope -- Pope of hope that's terrific the church can use the Pope of hope right now camp that he has since that time for.
We knew you know and and reconciliation.
Particularly in this Easter season.
This is -- -- and as I'm sure you know one of the world's power couples.
You perhaps remember -- best from -- starring role in touched by an Angel also won the people magazine's.
Most beautiful people and of course we know mark.
-- time magazine's most influential people in the world he's the producer of everything from survivor to the apprentice to the voice.
Among many other projects and you had struck all the.
Again and how you do it.
And we just honestly make things we like and we like family.
From the beginning was never -- things that you couldn't watch with -- kids and Ramos says that she couldn't watch -- their own that.
And that's what we're about and the -- was another great piece of family and time.
I alluded to your brother the priest I wasn't kidding did you advice did he give you advice as you made it.
He -- he will he's it would he's given and what we've been so -- for for over his prayers to they've had the prayers of everybody across the country.
We've had we've reached to pastors.
And bishops and cardinals and faith leaders.
All across the country bringing everyone together we've had endorsements from all denominations.
For one voice.
Mark Hollywood not generally thought of as a very spiritual place -- did you feel at all awkward to present the project.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- You know with everybody and I think everybody realized this could be huge and nobody would underestimate us.
Just a little eye rolling in the -- yeah.
But not -- -- Harada.
Nobody wrote and I think you'll have not within number one power program on television are you surprised by this enormous success.
You know what we're really grateful we're not surprised.
We know that's the predominance -- animation.
People to -- Enormity of Americans do go to church across all full -- And people hungry for these people are very hungry for golf and -- hope.
And yet with the separation of church and state.
The Bible not taught very much certainly not in in junior high or high school and college it's kind of an elective what do you think about you know that.
-- -- -- You're originally Irish and mark you were in the British -- -- all the rest of it.
But here in the I think it has kind of a different tradition was that awkward at all is it awkward to tell people watch this show learn a little bit about.
The the foundation really of western civilization.
-- we believe that it should be taught in scope maybe not -- religion but as a teacher history.
We think it's amazing that there's so many people -- that don't know.
These fabulous stories and should do it is the cornerstone.
Of our culture of arts and of -- -- And own you know even if you didn't believe in the Bible you can tune in here and come away knowing that it's a fabulous story -- -- A fabulous story well told indeed here are some of the phrases that you -- in your Wall Street Journal op Ed piece why public schools should teach the Bible.
The straight and narrow out of the mouths of -- the extra mile a drop in the bucket.
Stumbling block see eye to -- all biblical phrases that have become part.
Of the everyday language you know these frightened -- first ever written in the convention's final in 1611.
So millions of people are saying these things everywhere every -- -- not realizing they're actually quoting the Bible and this episode coming up Sunday very special Roma because you kind of bridge the gap between.
All the -- old -- slid into the new testament and Jesus is coming.
If Jesus is going to be on the screen we have the nativity scene.
We have the baptism.
Of cheeses like John the Baptist temptations.
Of -- in the desert after forty days and forty nights fasting.
And then the mission began.
My goodness you do have and encyclopedic.
Knowledge of the -- he is a clip.
Preview a special preview per -- beer.
-- Now I had so this monster.
-- -- Promise them freedom to worship.
Change the world he did the church did.
My goodness what what timing to run before Easter just days after the selection.
A new -- for me you must be.
Feeling you know very in in what I don't know what.
Is it a spiritual success to go along with the commercial success -- Humboldt bank humbled accelerated.
God is moving.
Yes I mean there's not this is the -- Did this is at this time -- -- We have a new Pope.
And millions of Americans are out of a token every -- about the bottom -- And -- doing it through a television show which is crazy what we won't -- a conversation.
But these are not special effects generally seen -- -- made for television project mark this is like big screen stuff from -- three things I just philosophy makes sense to us.
Before we left the six months in Morocco was regarding special effects.
Threats of their parents don't make it -- Make it but it.
You certainly didn't make it -- animated brilliantly and I really congratulate a great success thank you -- And wonderful project and look forward Sunday night on the history.