Miniseries Brings New Look to the Bible

The power couple behind The Voice and Touched by an Angel uses diverse casting in the 10-part program.

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"We haven't seen a mainstream TV depiction of this magnitude since Charlton Heston and The Ten Commandments -- especially on TV with this quality level," Jakes told The Root. "I think programming should be a reflection of what influences us as a society -- art, politics, everything. Faith has a place in the conversation."

Reese, who shares a strong spiritual connection with Downey, feels that the miniseries will have a major effect on both believers and nonbelievers alike.

"Those who don't believe will hate it because it's so real, it will be hard to argue about," Reese told The Root. "Believers will investigate and start seeing it as a reality. It will give them an understanding that will open the door to a relationship with God."

The Bible airs starting March 3 on the History Channel and will air each Sunday through Easter on March 31.

Julia Chance is a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based journalist and the author of Sisterfriends: Portraits of Sisterly Love. Genetta M. Adams is a contributing editor for The Root.

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