NBC to show The Bible miniseries sequel
After garnering huge ratings on The History Channel, the Bible is coming to network television. NBC announced that it has purchased the broadcast rights for A.D.: Beyond the Bible from executive producer Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey. The reality show maven plans to use the sequel to follow the development of the early church.
“It will begin in the dark days after Jesus’ betrayal and death,” said Burnett. “A perfect storm brews in the Holy Land, fueled by social injustice, Roman military oppression and religious unrest. High priests and the Herod dynasty vie for power. Zealot revolutionaries turn to violence to regain what they believe is their promised land. And in the face of terrible odds and brutal persecution, the small band of Jesus’ disciples stand against the combined might of Rome and their own local authorities.”Source: Entertainment Weekly
UK government backs three-person IVF
Becoming the first nation to do so, the UK has opened the door for an experimental in-vitro fertilization technique that combines the DNA of three different people. Supporters say it can eliminate mitochondrial diseases that are passed on from mother to child. Opponents see larger concerns.
“These techniques are unnecessary and unsafe and were in fact rejected by the majority of consultation responses,” said Dr. David King, the director of Human Genetics Alert. “It is a disaster that the decision to cross the line that will eventually lead to a eugenic designer baby market should be taken on the basis of an utterly biased and inadequate consultation.”Source: BBC
New reality show focuses on lavish lifestyle of Calif. pastors
This fall, Oxygen Network will go behind the pulpit and behind closed doors in their reality show following Los Angeles area pastors. “Preachers of LA” will place the extravagant lifestyles of six megachurch pastors on display.
In the show’s trailer, Bishop Clarence McClendon, one of the participants said, “The Bible says I wish above all things that you would prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. I believe that.” When challenged about preaching a prosperity gospel, he countered, “there is no other kind of gospel.”Oxygen
Greeting cards drop euphemisms
Driven by research at grief counsellors conferences and studying other social trends, the company long synonymous with greeting cards full of niceties and subtleties has nixed the euphemisms and given consumers sympathy cards that are frank about sickness and death. Cards now mention cancer and reference once taboo issues like alzheimer’s, suicide, and miscarriage.
Reflecting the changing religious make-up of America, cards are less explicitly biblical and instead offer more vague, spiritual messages. Other changes include an increase in pet sympathy cards, including ones dealing with guilt over having an animal euthanized.Source: The Economist
The best Google Reader replacements
In a “spring cleaning” effort, Google shut down their popular Google Reader. The RSS (Really Simple Syndication) client allowed users to subscribe to various blogs and websites and then quickly scan through all of the content gathered from those sources. With the free Google app gone, many users were left scrambling.
There are three major apps vying to serve as replacements (Feedly, NewsBlur and NetNewsWire), as well as some newer apps aiming to carve out their own market share. According to The Verge, Feedly appears to offer the experience most like Google Reader and best of all, it’s free.Source: The Verge