The Bible-based series that became a global sensation through streaming platforms is heading to broadcast television.
The Chosen – billed as the first-ever multi-season series about Jesus – will air on the CW Network beginning Sunday, July 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern and will continue through the fall. The CW will air the first three seasons, with the Season 3 finale airing on Christmas Eve. (Season 4 is currently in production.)
It is the first time that a full season of The Chosen has aired on broadcast TV. The CW is an over-the-air broadcast network that covers virtually 100 percent of the United States.
“The Chosen is based on the biggest IP of all time and is truly a one-of-a-kind series that tells this historically significant story in a captivating, dramatic and premium way,” said Brad Schwartz, president of entertainment for The CW Network. “This show has already connected deeply with viewers around the world, and The CW will expand its audience even further.”
Dallas Jenkins, creator and director of The Chosen, applauded the partnership.
“The CW has always been bold and unique, which is perfect for us,” Jenkins said. “Plus, Brad Schwartz made it clear a while ago he loves and respects The Chosen, so we know it’ll be in great hands.”
Last December, a single Christmas-themed episode of The Chosen aired on The CW. Titled The Chosen: The Messengers, it was originally released in theaters in 2021.
“As part of our global representation of this coveted property, we are pleased that The CW will become another great partner for The Chosen,” said Jim Packer, president of worldwide television distribution for Lionsgate. “This groundbreaking series already has a massive global following, and The CW platform will provide the perfect opportunity for the show to reach existing fans and inspire new ones.”
The series follows the story of Jesus and the disciples.
Photo courtesy: ©The Chosen/Angel Studios, used with permission.
Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.