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'The Bible' team says Obama-Satan similarity 'utter nonsense'

The network and producers behind The Bible miniseries are denying any intentional resemblance between The Devil and President Obama in Sunday night’s episode.

History Channel and executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey issued a flurry of statements strongly asserting that the actor cast as Satan in the popular cable miniseries wasn’t supposed to look like Obama. Last night fans took to social media to point out the resemblance, prompting headlines.

“History channel has the highest respect for President Obama,” the network said. “The series was produced with an international and diverse cast of respected actors. It’s unfortunate that anyone made this false connection. History’s The Bible is meant to enlighten people on its rich stories and deep history.” READ FULL STORY

Mark Burnett says 'weird things happened' on 'The Bible' set

Last Sunday, the first installment of History’s five-part miniseries The Bible beat everything on television with a massive 13.1 million viewers, making it cable’s most-watched entertainment telecast this year.

For producer Mark Burnett, who worked on the ten-hour special with wife Roma Downey, the success of The Bible isn’t all that surprising. “It will be, over the next 40 or 50 years, the most watched thing that Roma and I have ever made,” he told EW, quite confidently, back in January.

At the time, Burnett gushed about shooting the series. “I really believe what I’m going to tell you right now,” he said. “The hand of God was on this…. the edit came together perfectly, the actors came together perfectly, it just comes to life.” But Burnett wasn’t just speaking about how well the practicalities of production had gone. “Weird things happened during filming,” he said. “Everybody would look at each other like, “Whoa.”

Here are a few of the “weird things” he was talking about: READ FULL STORY

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