Here’s the latest from the crossroads of faith, media & culture: 04/21/21 UP Faith & Family will be the first U.S. streamer to debut season 14 of the international hit family series Heartland when it drops on Thursday, May 6. New episodes will be added weekly. UP Faith & Family V.P. and Channel Manager Angela Cannon […]
Here’s the latest from the crossroads of faith, media & culture: 02/24/21
Faith & family coming attractions:
discovery+ will premiere Resurrection, a feature-length movie from The Bible producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, on March 27, 2021. Following the record breaking-ratings success of their Emmy nominated mini-series The Bible and the hit feature film spin-off Son of God, the husband and wife team are now telling the story of the immediate aftermath of Jesus’ crucifixion when His followers are hunted, leaderless and desperately searching for understanding. Resurrection is a production MGM and its faith-driven LightWorkers Media division which is run by the couple.
While the pandemic rendered filmmaking impossible for many, Downey and Burnett turned to their vast library of biblical material (including from A.D. The Bible Continues, The Bible sequel series they produced for NBC) to pull together their new feature length epic which will drop (or, better yet, rise) in time for Easter which this year falls on April 4th.
When The Bible miniseries premiered on History in 2013 it had a huge impact in paving the way for a wave of faith-themed films and television shows that followed. It more than 100 million viewers over its 10-week run and garnered three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. The series led to a feature film adaptation in 2014, with Son of God having one of the highest faith-themed movie openings of all time. The sequel series A.D. The Bible Continues premiered on NBC the following year.
LightWorkers is also producing the upcoming feature film “On a Wing and a Prayer” for MGM.
UPtv has announced that a new season of Bringing Up Bates will premiere Thursday, April 8 at 9:00 PM (ET). Now entering its 10th season, the hit family reality series centers around Gil and Kelly Jo Bates and their 19 kids. This season will feature the family getting on with life in the midst of the global pandemic.
Of the new season, UPtv V.P. for Content Strategy and Programming Hector Campos, says “Bringing Up Bates is a beloved series on our air and continues to perform strongly…With a family as big as the Bates, the relatable, big life moments are never-ending. We’re thrilled to bring our viewers another season to follow along with one of their favorite families as the Bates enter into new relationships, announce new pregnancies and grow businesses, all while also navigating life during a pandemic.”
Bringing Up Bates had its best season ever in 2020 with ratings up 24% among women between 25 and 54 and 18% in households. In celebration of the new season UPtv will be air a Bringing Up Bates catch-up special on Thursday, March 25 at 9:00 PM (ET).