NBC has decided to jump into the "religious programming" fray with Revelations, a six-part miniseries beginning Wednesday, April 13, at 9 p.m. (ET).
The series, essentially amounting to a long movie about the end times, depicts a last-days scenario centering on the final conflict between God and Satan. Writer/producer David Seltzer, who has shown a fascination for the occult before by writing The Omen and its sequels, is the creative mind behind the series. According to press releases, Revelations "revolves around the joint attempts of science and theology to determine if the end-of-the-world confrontation as foretold in the Bible is at hand and can be avoided."
The story's main characters are a Harvard astrophysicist played by Bill Pullman and a Catholic nun played by Natascha McElhone. Along the way, the scientist—surprise!—has to learn how to let go of reason and logic, learning instead how to embrace faith.
The series also features John Rhys-Davies (Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Lord of the Rings films) in a minor role as an atheistic scientist.
Seltzer and Rhys-Davies recently discussed Revelations with members of the religious media via a teleconference in New York. Here are some excerpts from that, ahem, revealing interview:
Why did you want to do this series and what do you hope viewers will get out of it?
David Seltzer: I wanted to do this series because I haven't seen it done before. I'm very interested in doing things that are original. That was the draw. And I've always been interested in the Bible and in science. This was a chance to combine the two in a compelling story.
As for the audience, I hope they'll get a wonderful ride on an adventurous, mysterious story. I hope they will feel in some way challenged ...1
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The End of the World As He Knows It
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