Just in time for the Holiday season, NBC has ordered a 12-hour miniseries sequel to The Bible, which aired earlier this year on The History Channel. According to Entertainment Weekly, the show will be titled A.D., and it will pick up where The Bible left off by focusing on life after Jesus.

“You might think the story is over at the Crucifixion, but as most of the world knows, that was only the beginning,” said Jennifer Salke, president, NBC Entertainment, in a statement about A.D. “Everyone’s lives were completely altered in an instant and the immediate aftermath of Christ’s death had an impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the time. In the first episode alone you see the last moments of the Crucifixion, Judas taking his own life after betraying Christ, Peter denying Jesus three times, and then the miracle of the Resurrection. We feel so fortunate to be in the hands of Mark and Roma, who have proven that the greatest story ever told is still just that.”

The Bible brought in 13.1 million viewers per episode when it originally aired and was a huge hit on DVD. It was even the third most-watched scripted TV series of the year. There is still plenty more money to be squeezed from this series, so don't be surprised if the producers try to stretch this out even further. Hey, it's working for Peter Jackson's Hobbit series. 

A.D. will likely air in 2015.

[via Entertainment Weekly]