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‘A.D.’ Is ‘Game of Thrones’ Meets the Bible,’ Says EP Mark Burnett in First Look (Video)

The NBC miniseries is the sequel to Burnett and Roma Downey‘s hugely successful 2013 “The Bible,” and will debut on Easter Sunday

Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett provide a behind-the-scenes peek at NBC’s “A.D.: The Bible Continues” in a new first look video, and needless to say, they’re excited about it.

“This is ‘Game of Thrones’ meets the Bible,” Burnett says in the teaser.

“The stories are told with grit and excitement,” Downey adds, emphasizing the millions of Americans who watched their 2013 History Channel hit “The Bible” and millions more who are waiting for this sequel.

But the first look video isn’t all hard sell. Actors discuss cast diversity, the authentic feeling of the sets and the gravitas of the subject matter amid dramatic scenes from the upcoming episodes.

Burnett and Downey have made a mini-industry out of producing Biblical projects. During the Television Critics Association press tour in January, Burnett told reporters that, even when he pitched “The Bible” half a decade ago, he didn’t encounter opposition to producing faith-based fare. He did note, however, that where “The Bible” might have been considered niche material when it was first conceived of, “Now, ‘A.D.’ is mainstream. This is mainstream programming.

Whereas “The Bible” aired on History, “A.D.” will air on NBC. “This, I believe, belongs on American network … this needed to be on a network, Burnett said.

“A.D.: The Bible Continues” premieres on Easter Sunday, April 5 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

Watch the first look video here.