Debuting just before Passover starts this year, The Dovekeepers is not the only story of faith from the First Century A.D. to show up on network television in the next week or so, and it certainly isn’t the best. As the video review above says, this epic two-night tale of the siege of Masada – starring Cote De Pablo – by Rome’s bloodthirsty legions  proves that big is not always better on the small screen.

Deadline Review Badge Dominic PattenBased on the best-selling Alice Hoffman novel of the same name and starting March 31 on CBS, this Mark Burnett and Roma Downey event series sees the return of the former NCIS star to her old network.

Directed by Yves Simoneau, The Dovekeepers also features House of Cards Rachel Brosnahan and Diego Boneta. Sam Neil stars as Roman scholar Flavius Josephus, a real figure from history and the Jerusalem-born author of The Jewish War, which chronicles the siege of the desert mountaintop fortress and the mass suicide of more than 900 Jews, who choose death by their own hand over capture by Rome’s troops.

Embracing the scale but lacking any delicacy or intimacy of tone, The Dovekeepers is a noble effort that has a lot of faith, passion, sorrow and perseverance but is hampered by way too much melodrama.

Check out the review of The Dovekeepers. Will you be watching on March 31 and April 1? Let us know what you think?