cable television during Holy Week.
Killing Jesus attracted 3.8 million viewers with its first airing on
Palm Sunday in 2015 alone, and it was even nominated for
Primetime Emmy and Critics’ Choice awards in that same year.
Thanks to the National Geographic branding and a historical
narration at its conclusion, the movie appears to its viewers as a
legitimate scientific inquiry into the history of Jesus.
Christopher Menaul served as the movie’s director, with
Scott and O’Reilly acting as executiveproducers. In his “Behind
the Scenes” remarks on costumes, Menaul
billy club.” Others took a similar line of approach: Garrett Epps
asked, “Does Popeye Doyle Teach Us How to Be Fascist?” (New York Times,
May 21, 1972, sec. II, 15); Michael Shedlin, in “Police Oscar: The French Con-
nection,” Film Quarterly 25, no. 4 (summer 1972): 2–3, called it “rightist prop-
aganda” moving beneath the veneer of a liberal “social comment” film. (Those
who took this view could also point to the sinister fact that G. David Schine, a
onetime aide to Senator McCarthy, received an executiveproducer’s credit, al-
though he had little or nothing to do