Tonight, Fox is doing something extremely ambitious for the second time in the past few months: Doing a live musical production. The difference this time, though, is that they are doing something that is both a little more specific to this time of year: “The Passion.” Plays based around the death of Christ have been around for many years, but doing one on a major TV network is still something a little bit new.
Tyler Perry is both the narrator and an executive producer on this big project, and speaking to TV Guide in a new interview, he makes it clear that one of the reasons this appealed to him so much is because of how it can actually appeal to more than just diehard Christian viewers:
“Part of the reason that Christians are persecuted for having faith is because of Christians, and some of the things that we’ve said and some of the things we’ve done … And that’s what I love about The Passion. It’s so inclusive of everyone. It’s so about love for everyone. And I think that message never goes out of style, no matter how many people want to dumb it down or dull it down or make it nonexistent.”
If there is one thing that we do feel is going to happen here, it is that this production will generate huge ratings and surprise many. After all, religious productions do tend to have widespread popularity, and if you look at both that and having Perry’s name on the project, those are signs that people could be talking about this for a rather long time.
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