CBS has set airdates for its four-hour limited event series “The Dovekeepers” from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.
The project, which stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles, will air Tuesday, March 31, and Wednesday, April 1, from 9 to 11 on both nights.
“Dovekeepers” also stars 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.
CBS figures to air an original “NCIS” as a lead-in on March 31, taking advantage of the popularity of de Pablo, a longtime “NCIS” fan fave who exited the show in 2013.
Hoffman’s novel was published in 2011 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, earning New York Times bestseller status and widespread critical acclaim — Nobel laureate Toni Morrison hailed it as “a major contribution to 21st century literature.”
Downey and multiple Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett (“Survivor,” “The Voice”) were behind the Emmy-nominated 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which scored big ratings for the History Channel in March 2013, and are also producing follow-up “A.D.,” set to air in the spring on NBC.
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.