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CBS ANNOUNCES “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
Based on Alice Hoffman’s Bestselling Historical Novel About a Group of Extraordinary Women Whose Lives Intersect In a Fight for Survival at the Siege of Masada in 70 C.E.
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.”
I was given the opportunity to watch an advanced preview of The Dovekeepers, and was impressed with what executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey compiled. I was previously an admirer of Mark and Roma's work with Son of God and The Bible, and they didn't let down this time either.
The Dovekeepers is a compelling story of three women who have strong secrets. Aziza is a warrior and expert archer, Yael is an outcast, and Shirah is accused of witchcraft. Their stories are woven around Mesada, a mountain fortress created by a king. The story is beautifully written and the visual effects are stunning. Some scenes in the series are harsh and in-your-face, and a couple of the love scenes are steamy (but not raunchy). The three women's stories of survival will draw you in and the overall cast performances are unforgettable. The settings felt like I was taken back in time. Although I've already previewed this series, I'll definitely be watching it again on CBS March 31st and April 1st. I highly recommend that you tune in and watch as well.
Will you be viewing The Dovekeepers when it airs on CBS?