UP To Air ‘The Passion Of The Christ’

UP network will televise this Palm Sunday the 2004 Oscar-nominated movie The Passion Of The Christ, according to network officials.

UP’s April 13 airing of the movie will mark the first time the the Mel Gibson-produced film about Jesus’ final hours will air on commercial television. The Passion Of The Christ will air with limited commercial interruption on UP, and will serve as part of the network’s two-week celebration of Easter featuring faith-themed content.

“UP is proud to present this powerful, groundbreaking cinematic portrayal of Christ’s death and resurrection as the centerpiece of our extensive Easter programming,” said Charley Humbard, president and CEO, UP in a statement.

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