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"The Dovekeepers" review by Suzanne 4/1/15
Airs Tuesday 3/31 and Wednesday 4/1 on CBS

I really wanted to like this because I love Sam Neill, and I like Cote de Pablo, but it's very slow and boring. I can't imagine watching the whole thing.

It takes place a long time ago in Jerusalem. Two women are called in to give their story about what happened at this place called Masada to a Roman (Neill).  They tell a story about being persecuted, and falling in love, and hanging out with assassins, but after a while, I sort of lost track of who's who and where they were going, and why.  Too many bearded men who look a like, and I kept wondering why Cote de Pablo looks the same age from beginning to end, even though the story spans years. Or why she was taking care of this red-headed girl that everyone treats so poorly.

It's hard to believe that the same team who did this also did "The Bible" and this one  that airs on Sunday on NBC, the sequel "A.D. The Bible Continues."  They did a find job with the latter, at least. I guess CBS wanted to have something for the Passover season, but I don't know why they bought this boring miniseries.

MORE INFORMATION:

THE DOVEKEEPERS, a four-hour limited event series from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, will be broadcast Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

The project stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles, Sam Neill as first-century Jewish scholar and historian Josephus, and Diego Boneta as a star warrior of the Jewish army at Masada. The series is based on Alice Hoffman's bestselling, critically acclaimed historical novel about a group of extraordinary women whose lives intersect in a fight for survival at the siege of Masada.

Set in ancient Israel, THE DOVEKEEPERS is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The project will recount the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, but a common bond for survival. Additionally, these women, who work together daily as dovekeepers, are all concealing substantial secrets.

Hoffman's novel was published in 2011 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, earning the New York Times' bestseller status and widespread critical acclaim, including being hailed by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison as "a major contribution to 21st century literature."

THE DOVEKEEPERS will be brought to television from executive producers Roma Downey and multiple Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett (SURVIVOR, "The Voice"), the production team behind the Emmy-nominated 10-hour miniseries "The Bible," which scored big ratings for the History Channel in March 2013, and the feature "Son of God."

Frank Siracusa, John Weber and Yves Simoneau also serve as executive producers, with Simoneau directing. Ann Peacock adapted the novel for the screen.

THE DOVEKEEPERS is the first project from CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios' Limited Series and Event Programming unit. It is a co-production between CBS Television Studios and LightWorkers Media, a division of United Artists Media Group.


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