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.
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
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
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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