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Fox developing 'Nazareth', a series about Jesus' coming of age

The Bible continues to inspire Hollywood.

Fox is developing Nazareth, an “event series” documenting the formative years of Jesus.

Written and executive produced by Gladiator scribe David Franzoni, the miniseries will focus on Jesus of Nazareth’s “lost years,” the period between ages 12 and 30, which is not described in the New Testament.

The series is part of an overall deal with Bob Cooper’s Landscape Entertainment, which is producing Nazareth with FX Productions and Entertainment One. Franzoni and Eleven Films’ Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson will serve as executive producers alongside Cooper. READ FULL STORY

'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

Networks cut to Rome as Vatican names 266th Pope

Multiple news organizations today went live to cover the Vatican’s announcement that it had elected the 266th Pope. Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS, and The CW all cut away from scheduled programming to cover this monumental news.

Exactly 30 days ago, Pope Benedict XI (formerly known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) announced that he would step down from his post as leader of the Catholic church — itself a history-making development as the last Papal resignation took place in 1415.

The symbolic white smoke rose beginning at 2:06 p.m. ET, a day after the conclave began. Less than an hour later, France’s Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran announced who will now lead the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics: Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the 76-year-old Archbishop of Argentina, henceforth known as Pope Francis I. READ FULL STORY

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