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Emmy Winner Working on High-Profile Miniseries for CBS Deadline

CBS has tapped an Emmy-winning writer to adapt a miniseries for the network. Writing on Deadline.com, Lisa de Moraes writes that “The Chronicles of Narnia” writer Ann Peacock will adapt “The Dovekeepers” for the Mark Burnett and Roma Downey-produced project.

“The Dovekeepers” will be a four-hour miniseries based on Alice Hoffman’s historical novel about the Siege of Masada, the fortress near the Dead Sea where the Romans battled a group of Jewish resisters.

“We felt [the book] was best served if the screenplay came through the heart of a strong woman and Peacock is such a woman,” Downey told Deadline. “I met her right before Christmas; she came to our house in Malibu and I sat down with her and she clearly loved the book. Her book had Post-Its sticking out from a hundred different pages where she’d lovingly made notes.”

The project marks a return to TV for Peacock, who won an Emmy for HBO’s “A Lesson Before Dying,” based on a novel by Ernest Gaines, de Moraes writes. She has recently been working on the Starz/BBC America period series “Harem” and “Hunting Eichman” for Mandalay.

The piece adds: “CBS has high hopes for ‘The Dovekeepers.’ Burnett and Downey’s 10-hour miniseries ‘The Bible’ scored big ratings for History back in March of ’13, becoming the ... top cable entertainment telecast of the year when it premiered, and helping make History the No. 1-ranked cable network for that month.”

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