ABC World Premiere of "Judas"--March 8th @ 9pm

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Sunday, March 8th, 2004

Monday March 8th @ 9pmLA MIRADA--On February 18, I had the special opportunity to visit Biola University as they held an exclusive sneak preview of the Paulist Productions TV-movie, "Judas" (TV-14) to be aired Monday, March 8th, on the ABC Television Network.

What I witnessed could be the best made-for-TV production I have ever seen.  Beautifully filmed in Morocco with authentic costumes and set designs, "Judas" will surely stir the hearts of believers and spark the interest of non-believers to learn more about the Gospels and the life that Jesus led.

As Mel Gibson's movie continues to top the box office I recommend you see "Judas" before "The Passion of the Christ" because it covers more of Jesus' life before His death.  Where the "Passion" jumps right into the arrest of Jesus, "Judas" shows more of Jesus' life before his arrest and the relationships with His disciples.

What I liked most about "Judas" is its ability to portray a timeless story through a different viewpoint--one that is provocative and edgy.  The connection with Judas and Jesus is displayed with compassion (before Judas betrayed Jesus, of course); there is a scene where they sort of wrestle/play-fight with each other, and I thought it adds a deeper perspective to both characters.  You will be surprised how much care is taken in the characterization and production value of this movie.

Even though the scenes leading up to the crucifixion, and the crucifixion itself, aren't as gruesome as Gibson's movie, they were just as emotionalJesus and considered to be "tear-jerkers." 

In conclusion, I hope that you can spread the word about this moving ABC premiere to your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.  I believe that if the ratings are high enough for "Judas," I hope it would send a message to TV execs that there is an audience for such subject matters and that other stories like "Judas" can be produced and aired.

By the way, it took two years for "Judas" to finally make it to the airwaves on ABC.  What better time than now to broadcast such an interesting story.  I hope you join me in watching "Judas" on ABC7, Monday March 8th at 9-11pm ET/PT (8pm CT). 

Starring in "Judas" are Johnathon Schaech ("That Thing You Do," "How to Make an American Quilt") as Judas, Jonathan Scarfe ("ER") as Jesus, Tim Matheson ("West Wing," "Wolf Lake") as Pontius Pilate.  Written by Tom Fontana ("Homicide: Life on the Street" and "Oz").  Directed by Charles Robert Carner ("Red Water"), Co-Executive Producers Tom Fontana and Frank Desiderio, C.S.P.  Help us spread the word to your family & friends!