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Husband/Wife Producing Team of Hit Mini-Series “The Bible” Discuss Creating the Project, the Controversy and Introduce Diogo Morgado, The Actor Who Portrays Jesus


Los Angeles – Oprah Winfrey sits down with Emmy award-winning producer Mark Burnett and Emmy nominated actress Roma Downey, the husband/wife team behind the hit television mini-series “The Bible,” on an all-new episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” airing Sunday, April 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.


Winfrey speaks with Burnett, one of the most successful producers in television history, to discuss his illustrious career with hit shows including “Survivor,” “The Apprentice” and “The Voice.” Most recently, Burnett teamed up with his wife to create the television phenomenon “The Bible.” Together, they discuss their personal mission behind the project and the controversy around the series. Later, they are joined by Diogo Morgado, the actor who portrays Jesus in the mini-series.


Below are excerpts and clip links (with embed code) from the episode.

EXCERPT: Roma Downey and Mark Burnett on “The Bible” controversy:

WINFREY:  We have to talk about the controversy about Satan looking like Obama.  When you first heard that what did you… did you think oh my goodness… could you see the resemblance yourself, what did you think?

DOWNEY: I honestly was horrified.

WINFREY: You were horrified?

DOWNEY: The night before that broke in the news, Jesus had made his first appearance on the screen and I was so looking forward to Monday and knowing that Jesus would be on the lips of everyone, that everybody would be talking about Jesus, and to wake up that morning and have everyone talk about Satan, and for Satan to be the point of conversation was really heartbreaking, you know, we had screened the series to hundreds of people in segments, thousands of people perhaps…

WINFREY: And no one had ever said that…

DOWNEY: No one had ever, we love the President, we have nothing but respect for the President.  We felt somehow hijacked.

BURNETT: It’s okay, you know what, if you’re gonna’ do what we do for a living, which is stick your neck out there and be judged on rating with critics on a daily basis, there’s nothing, you have to expect, it’s a free country and you got to accept that.


EXCERPT: Mark Burnett Shares the Secret to “The Voice’s” Success:

WINFREY: Does this mean the end of reality cat fights and shock value is coming to and end, does this mean that?

BURNETT: Well, I think certainly the nation is in a much kinder place, which I know makes you happy, and us happy. But you know, if you look at something for example, “The Voice,” one of our shows, it’s number one on Monday’s and Tuesday’s, and it’s kinder, there’s no humiliation of anybody on “The Voice,” and many people said when we started that, people won’t want to watch unless there’s big fights, and it wasn’t true.  “The Voice” has succeeded with kindness and just great talent.  I think the nation is in the right place for hope.


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EXCERPT: Roma Downey on “The Bible’s” Success: ‘God Beats Zombies’

WINFREY: What does this say about our culture?  About our yearning for something deeper, for a divine connection.  What does this say?

DOWNEY: I think that people clearly are hungry for spirit, they’re hungry for God and they’re hungry for purpose and they have spoken here, a hundred million people.

WINFREY: A hundred million people.

DOWNEY: Have spoken.

BURNETT:  It’s just beginning, Oprah.  It’s just beginning.

WINFREY: You know what’s interesting is that when the finale occurred that the two biggest shows on television was “The Bible,” Jesus, crucifixion and “The Walking Dead.”  Zombies.  Jesus vs. the Zombies. What do you think that fascination is?

DOWNEY: We were delighted throughout the run of the series we saw various headlines — “God Beats Zombies” — was my particular favorite.

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