A.D The Bible Continues

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Andrew Gower played Roman emperor Caligula in the NBC biblical drama A.D. The Bible Continues.

A.D. picks up where the smash hit, “The Bible,” left off, continuing the greatest story ever told and exploring the exciting and inspiring events that followed the Crucifixion of Christ. As most of the world knows, the Crucifixion was only the beginning of the story. The immediate aftermath of Christ’s death had a massive impact on his disciples, his mother Mary, and key political and religious leaders of the era, completely altering the entire world in an instant. Watch as the disciples struggle to survive and share their beliefs, guiding us from the sorrow of Christ’s ultimate sacrifice to the awe-inspiring wonder of the Resurrection and beyond. From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes an uplifting spiritual journey through the later chapters of biblical history.

(Source: IMDB)

Filming for A.D. – The Bible Continues took place in Morocco in late 2014 / early 2015 and the first episode aired on NBC on Easter Sunday, 5 April 2015. Unfortunately, ratings of the 12 episodes did not prove to be as strong as were hoped for.

While the rating started strong for A.D., they didnโ€™t remain that way. The first episode hit the schedule in early April, and nearly 10 million viewers tuned in. Subsequent weeks saw those numbers drop somewhat, and by the time the twelfth and final episode aired in the latter half of June, the number of live and same day numbers had dropped to 3.5 million total viewers. Itโ€™s not uncommon for shows to lose viewers as a season wears on, but the drop was enough for NBC officials to decide it was better to cancel A.D. The Bible Continues rather than attempt to slog through a second season with low ratings.

(Source: CinemaBlend)

On 3 July 2015 NBC cancelled the show after only one season. However, producers Burnett and Downey announced plans for future biblical productions on their OTT digital channel.

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Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was Roman emperor from AD 37 to AD 41. (…) As a child, he acquired the nickname “Caligula” (meaning “little soldier’s boot”) from his father’s soldiers during their campaign in Germania. (…)

There are few surviving sources about the reign of Caligula, although he is described as a noble and moderate emperor during the first six months of his rule. After this, the sources focus upon his cruelty, sadism, extravagance, and sexual perversion, presenting him as an insane tyrant. (…) The validity of these accounts is debatable. In Roman political culture, insanity and sexual perversity were often presented hand-in-hand with poor government. (…)

In early AD 41, Caligula was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy by officers of the Praetorian Guard, senators, and courtiers.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Watch some of Andrew’s scenes as Caligula here:

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