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Roma Downey On 'Son Of God': 'We Had Something Very Special'

June 4th, 2014 12:15pm EDT
Roma Downey On 'Son Of God': 'We Had Something Very Special'
As we prepare to celebrate Father's Day, Fox Home Entertainment has released Son of God, the feature film telling the story of Jesus which was adapted from the hit miniseries The Bible. Last week, BFTV spoke with Son of God producer and star Roma Downey to discuss the transition from miniseries to film, working professionally with her husband Mark Burnett, and how they are building on their success with future inspirational projects.

How was Son of God pulled together from the epic ten hours of The Bible? "It began while we were filming the Bible series," Roma - who stars in the movie as M...
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20 Extremely Religious Celebrities

March 30th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
20 Extremely Religious Celebrities
Candace Cameron Bure of "Full House" fame and her brother Kirk Cameron ("Growing Pains") are very religious. As Kirk became an outspoken Christian evangelist and actor, Cameron also became more public with her faith in the late 1990s, writing for Christian websites, speaking at churches, and endorsing Christian organizations, businesses and charities.

And the actress says her belief in Christianity helped her battle bulimia.

She told Yahoo! in December 2013, "I turned to food for comfort and had to find a different source, 'cause clearly it wasn't a healthy way to deal with things. So tha...
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'Son Of God' Is The First Of Many Bible-Based Films In 2014

February 28th, 2014 7:53pm EST
Son of God
Actress Roma Downey and her producer husband Mark Burnett have taken the success of their 2013 History Channel miniseries "The Bible" and spun off a feature film focusing on the life of Jesus Christ with Son of God, which opens in theaters today.

The couple produced the film, which stars Diogo Morgado reprising the role of Jesus from the miniseries, and are expecting it to reach millions of viewers just like their miniseries, which over 100 million people watched.

"I feel that each step of the way, we've just heard a whisper in our hearts," Downey told Carole Mikita of Utah's KSL.com.

"F...
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NBC Reality TV Show To Send Winner Into Space On Richard Branson's Space Ship

October 4th, 2013 8:41am EDT
Richard Branson
One lucky contestant will get to join famous celebrities Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher and Leonardo DiCaprio on a trip into outer space by winning a new reality TV show.

A galaxy of stars is set to take off on British billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic program, which will take travelers beyond 62 miles in altitude, which marks the internationally accepted boundary of space.

Those who have signed up have paid a deposit of up to $250,000 to secure their seats, but one of those aboard will win their place through a new series set to air on NBC.

Survivor creator Mark Burnett ha...
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Sequel To Mark Burnett's Hit Miniseries 'The Bible' Heading To NBC

July 2nd, 2013 2:12pm EDT
The Bible
Mark Burnett's hugely successful History Channel epic miniseries The Bible is getting a sequel.

NBC confirmed on Monday that the TV producer has signed a deal to bring "A.D.: Beyond The Bible" to the network after outbidding the History Channel for the rights to the planned sequel.

The series will take place following the death of Jesus Christ and chronicle the beginnings of Christianity.

"I followed the development process of The Bible closely with Mark and knew that the story was far from over after Christ's crucifixion," said Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment.

"In fact, w...
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History Channel's 'The Bible' Producers Call Satan's Resemblance To Barack Obama 'Utter Nonsense'

March 18th, 2013 10:27pm EDT
Mohamen Mehdi Ouazzani as Satan
The History Channel's 10-hour miniseries The Bible came under fire Monday morning because Moroccan actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, who was introduced as Satan in the series' third episode Sunday night, happens to look a little bit like U.S. President Barack Obama.

The internet buzzed over the resemblance of the Devil and the President after conservative pundit Glenn Beck tweeted, "Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on HIstory Channel looks exactly like That Guy?" ("That Guy" being Obama -- Beck has vowed not to say his name in 2013.)

But now the History Channel and the hit seri...
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Mark Burnett Believes 'The Hand Of God' Was Present On Set Of 'The Bible'

March 14th, 2013 10:38am EDT
Mark Burnett
TV mogul Mark Burnett  is convinced he felt the presence of God while filming new religious epic The Bible in the Moroccan desert after a timely gust of wind swept through the set after a speech by Jesus Christ.

The reality show mastermind teamed up with his actress wife Roma Downey to bring the stories from the holy book back to the small screen, with Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado as the son of God, and he reveals the whole cast and crew were left speechless during one scene featuring Jesus and Nicodemus because they really believed a higher power was watching over them.

He says, "The...
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Roma Downey Stars In Epic Mini-Series 'The Bible'

February 19th, 2013 9:29am EST
The Bible
Roma Downey and her reality TV executive husband Mark Burnett worked together to bring the greatest story ever told to the small screen.
 
"The Apprentice" and "Survivor" mastermind is the producer of the upcoming 10-hour "The Bible." Downey will play Jesus' mother Mary in the mini-series, and Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado will portray Jesus Christ.
 
Burnett is aware he might not be the person that people think of when it comes to epic religious TV projects, but he understands the importance of dramas like "The Bible."
 
He says, "I am certain that if you took Survivor, The Voice, Shark T...
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'The Voice': Mark Burnett Explains Format Additions, Addresses Potential Coach Changes

August 17th, 2012 12:20pm EDT
The Voice
The Voice has made significant changes for its upcoming third season, and producers are talking about the biggest change of all - new coaches - according to executive producer Mark Burnett, who addressed the media alongside coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera earlier this week.

According to Big Red Chairs: After NBC exec Bob Greenblatt talked earlier this year about wanting to incorporate the coaches' signature chairs into the battle round phase of competition, the show has done just that. In a new twist called "the steal," during the battles, the arti...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Press Tour Scoop!

January 10th, 2012 11:00am EST
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: plenty of season 2 scoop emerged at the Television Critics Association press tour!

Musician coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera, along with host Carson Daly, social media correspondent Christina Milian, and producer Mark Burnett, spoke to the press Friday night during a panel at NBC's January 2012 TCA presentation. They had plenty to say about season two, what's happened since season one, and even the coaches' Twitter habits.

"Season one, people didn’t know what to make of The Voice," said Carson. "Work...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: The Coaches Talk Season 2!

November 1st, 2011 1:00pm EDT
The Voice
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: the coaches chat with me about what's ahead in season 2!

In its first season, The Voice was a surprise hit. Some say it even saved NBC's season. It changed people's lives. And this year, it's got the most coveted time slot on television: following the Super Bowl. No pressure, right?

Not when you're a foursome of award-winning coaches, possibly the most recognized former MTV employee, and definitely the most well-known reality TV producer ever.

Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, host Carson Daly...
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Brittany's 'The Voice' Blog: Catching Up With...Beverly McClellan

October 4th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Beverly McClellan
Here's the latest on and around NBC's The Voice: I shine the spotlight on Beverly McClellan, the finalist for Team Christina who exemplified what the series was all about - not just being yourself, but being proud of yourself.

She was an example of the blind auditions in action; she didn't look the part of a conventional music star, but she had the talent and the personality. After catching the eye of Christina Aguilera, Beverly let her self-confidence guide her throughout the competition. She was being herself, loud and proud and without fear.

Her rendition of The Who's "Baba O'Riley" ...
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Stuart Brazell's New Show on Youtoo TV - The First Social Media Interactive TV Network

September 29th, 2011 10:22am EDT
Stuart Brazell
I'm thrilled to announce the premiere of the new TV show I'm hosting, Koldcast Presents, this Friday on Youtoo TV!

What sets this network apart is that the viewers are actually involved!

Here is some great info from the official press release:

Watch the first episode right here and get involved and record your Fame Spot:
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Brittany's TCA 2011 Blog: 'Allen Gregory,' 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter,' 'Terra Nova,' The Emmys

August 8th, 2011 11:20am EDT
Terra Nova
Following our earlier peeks at New Girl and The X Factor, it's time to talk about two new FOX comedies and one show we've been hearing about for what seems like forever. FOX's TCA (Television Critics Association) presentation continued with looks at Allen Gregory, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Terra Nova, and the network's upcoming presentation of the Primetime Emmy Awards.

Allen Gregory

It was a case of deja vu: once again, FOX used a themed lunch to show us a new Sunday animated comedy. Last year, it was Bob's Burgers. This year, it was Allen Gregory. It's always struck me as a bit stra...
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Mark Burnett To Tweet Live During Premiere Of 'Expedition Impossible'

June 23rd, 2011 10:15am EDT
Expedition Impossible Poster
In celebration of his new, epic summer reality series, “Expedition Impossible,” Mark Burnett will be up on Twitter at @MarkBurnettTV on Thursday, June 23 from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET and PT, during the premiere of the show, to offer commentary on the exciting action taking place, as well as behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

In addition, ABC.com will host a live “Chat Party” during the airing of “Expedition Impossible,” where viewers can come to the site, take a look at Mark’s tweets and chat with other fans during the show. The “Chat Party” will go live at 9:00 p.m., ET/6:00 p.m., PT on Thursday ...
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Watch The First 14 Minutes Of ABC's 'Expedition Impossible' (Video)

June 20th, 2011 7:15pm EDT
Expedition Impossible
With the premiere in just a few days, ABC has released the first 14 minutes of the new adventure reality show Expedition Impossible.

13 three-person teams find themselves racing across vast deserts, over snow-capped mountains and through raging rivers in the beautifully exotic, fabled Kingdom of Morocco. After 10 stunning legs of competition filled with drama, laughs and memorable characters, one team will cross the finish line to claim victory. Each winning team member gets $50,000 (that's $150,000 total for the team) as well a new Ford Explorer.

Expedition Impossible co...
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'Survivor' Renewed For Two More Seasons; Jeff Probst To Return

March 9th, 2011 4:15pm EST
Jeff Probst | Photo Credits: Monty Brinton/CBS
CBS has renewed Survivor for two more seasons with Jeff Probst returning as host, the network announced Wednesday.

The deal will keep the longest-running reality competition series on TV through 2012. Survivor is in its 22nd season with Redemption Island. It moved from its longtime Thursdays at 8/7c berth to Wednesdays at 8/7c in September.

Check out videos from Survivor: Redemption Island

"Survivor is a program franchise that continues to stand the test of time," said Jennifer Bresnan, CBS' executive vice president of alternative programming. "Each season delivers new faces, exotic plac...
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Cee Lo Green & Adam Levine To Host Talent Search Show

March 1st, 2011 8:21am EST
Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green and Maroon 5 star Adam Levine have reportedly signed on to front a new TV talent search to rival both "American Idol" and Simon Cowell's upcoming show, "The X Factor."

Reality TV kingpin Mark Burnett has signed the two hitmakers as singing coaches on his new show "The Voice," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The new show will debut on April 26.
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Oprah's Network Cancels Mark Burnett Series

January 27th, 2011 5:22pm EST
Mark Burnett
Bosses behind Oprah Winfrey's new TV network have axed a planned daytime talk show hosted by British TV producer Mark Burnett.

The reality TV mogul had signed on to co-host a program similar to hit American chat show "The View" on Winfrey's new network OWN, which launched earlier this month.

But network president Christina Norman has scrapped the show ahead of its planned March premiere.

Norman gave no specific reason for her decision, but said OWN is focusing on prime time, according to Variety.

She says, "We have to be really smart about what goes on our air and when."

But Burnett ha...
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Audrina Patridge Talks About Her Shocking 'Dancing' Elimination

October 27th, 2010 8:14am EDT
Audrina Patridge
Sadly, the ultra-sexy and sweet Audrina Patridge got the ol' heave-ho from "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday night. Alongside professional partner Tony Dovolani, she talked to Jimmy Kimmel about the reality competition's most surprising elimination this season.

"We're still in shock right now," said Patridge, star of MTV's reality show "The Hills."

"There's no way you should have been voted off tonight," Kimmel replied. "Did Heidi and Spencer have anything to do with this?"

Patridge and Dovolani were strong competitors this season, which is the top-rated show's eleventh. Last night, th...
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Fans Rock The Vote As Audrina Patridge Is Eliminated From 'Dancing With The Stars'

October 26th, 2010 10:19pm EDT
Audrina Patridge Eliminated
It was Rock week on Dancing With the Stars. This meant that the dancers got to rock it out and dance in some really cool clothes. It was also the first week in which the dancers had to dance two dances. The first one was their normal individual dance and the second one was a competition dance marathon.

Brandy Norwood was the lucky dancer who led in both competitions.

Kurt Warner was the unlucky dancer who failed to the bottom of the leader board at the end of Monday’s night show.

Bristol Palin and Kyle Massey both scored their highest scores of the seasons last night.

Then it was ti...
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Donald Trump Is Enthusiastic About New Season Of 'The Apprentice'

September 15th, 2010 10:20am EDT
The Apprentice 2010
If there is one word to describe Donald Trump’s feelings about the new season of “The Apprentice” it’s optimistic. “Well, I think it’s the best ‘Apprentice’ that we’ve done since Season One,” says Trump who is host and also executive producer. “I think the field [of candidates] is terrific. It’s a better plot in terms of bad times versus good times.”

The plot to which Trump is referring is the new focus of the show in terms of the contestants who are competing for a chance to land a job in the Trump Organization. All 16 contestants have somehow been affected by the recent economic downturn...
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Cyndi Lauper To Star In New Reality Show

June 22nd, 2010 8:50am EDT
Cyndi Lauper
Pop star Cyndi Lauper is inviting cameras into her New York home to document her family life for a new reality TV show.

The "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" hitmaker has teamed up with acclaimed "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett for the untitled new project.

Lauper will appear alongside her husband of 19 years, actor David Thornton, and their 12-year-old son Declyn in what the star describes as "the comedy of our lives," reports the New York Daily News.

It will be the singer's second reality show this year - she recently competed against the likes of Sharon Osbourne and Bret Michaels for the t...
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TV To Check Out This Week: 'HawthoRNe,' 'Wedding Day' & 'Saving Grace' On TNT

June 15th, 2009 10:37am EDT
Hawthorne
The drama continues this week with the new season of the critically acclaimed "Saving Grace" and the highly anticipated series premieres of "HawthoRNe" and "Wedding Day" Tuesday on TNT.

"Wedding Day" premieres Tuesday, June 16 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

TNT gives deserving couples a magical day to cherish the rest of their lives in the network’s first unscripted drama: "Wedding Day." Celebrity wedding/event planners Alan Dunn and Diann Valentine host the inspiring series from Mark Burnett Productions and DreamWorks Television.

"HawthoRNe" premieres June 16 at 9 p.m.

Jada Pinkett Smith ...
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Sean 'Diddy' Combs Starting Another Reality Show

September 30th, 2008 3:43pm EDT
Puff Daddy
Rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs is launching a new reality TV show in a bid to find the next big star. The Bad Boy Records boss has already enjoyed success with his MTV Making The Band series, which has spawned groups like Danity Kane and Day26.

But now Combs wants to find a solo superstar - and he's teamed up with producer Mark Burnett, the brains behind The Apprentice and Survivor, for StarMaker.

The program, which began development last yea, has been given the go-ahead by MTV and will debut on the network in January 2009.
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'Survivor' Producer Countersues Longtime Partner

July 31st, 2008 11:12am EDT
Mark Burnett
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The producer of hit reality series "Survivor" and "The Apprentice" has countersued his longtime business partner.

Mark Burnett filed the lawsuit against Conrad Riggs on Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. In the lawsuit, Burnett claims that he paid Riggs their agreed-upon 10 percent of net earnings on television projects.

But the lawsuit says $25 million in payments wasn't enough for Riggs. Riggs is trying to get paid "on projects for which his services were never requested and on which he rendered none," Burnett's lawsuit contends.

Riggs also h...
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Summer TV Preview: ABC, CBS, NBC & Fox

May 28th, 2008 9:43am EDT
Hell
Memorial Day has come and gone, and with its passing the summer of 2008 has (unofficially) begun. It wasn't so many years ago that the summer quarter was little more than an exercise in futility for the networks. They figured that no one would want to stay indoors on beautiful summer evenings to watch original programming, so they instead filled the schedule with repeats of shows that weren't interesting the first time around. Occasionally, viewers were treated to the burn-off episodes of a failed (and swiftly canceled) offering from the prior season. Yippee.

That all changed a few...
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CBS Orders Two More Editions Of 'Survivor' For The 2008-09 Season

January 30th, 2008 10:10am EST
Survivor
CBS has ordered two more editions of "Survivor" to be broadcast during the 2008-2009 season. These will mark the 17th and 18th editions of television's longest-running hit reality competition series.

Additionally, Jeff Probst has signed a new agreement to continue as host of "Survivor." Probst has hosted "Survivor" since its inception.

"I am looking forward to many more seasons of 'Survivor,'" said Mark Burnett, "Survivor's" executive producer. "It has become an expected treat every Thursday at 8:00 PM, and I am glad our loyal fans can continue their appointment television with us...
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Dennis Miller Named Host Of New Comedy Quiz Show 'Amne$ia'

November 1st, 2007 2:31pm EDT
Dennis Miller
NBC has named five-time Emmy Award-winning comedian and popular talk show host Dennis Miller as host of NBC's upcoming comedy quiz show, "Amne$ia," from Mark Burnett Productions, the producers of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?"

Miller said, "I wasn't looking to host another game show but when they brought me...uh...uh...uh...what's the name of the show again? Oh yeah, 'Amnesia,' I got excited because I immediately realized it's a comedy first that just happens to be wrapped in a game show package and that allows me to be who I am."

"Amne$ia" is a high-energy, original comedy...
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New Original Quiz Show From Mark Burnett Is Called 'Amne$ia'

August 22nd, 2007 3:34pm EDT
Mark Burnett
NBC is once again partnering with Mark Burnett Productions for the next great TV quiz show -- "Amne$ia."

Emmy Award-winning producer Mark Burnett ("The Apprentice," "Survivor," "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader") and producer Roy Bank ("Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader") have created the newest quiz show challenge where the contestant is their own worst enemy.

"Amne$ia" is a high-energy game show where contestants are challenged to answer tough questions for money and prizes. The twist? All of the questions come from the contestant's own life. Memories will be challenged and bl...
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