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The Dovekeepers

Drama . Romance . History

Set in ancient Israel, "The Dovekeepers" is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The project will recount the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, but a common bond for survival. Additionally, these women, who work together daily as dovekeepers, are all concealing substantial secrets.

Status: Ended
TV Channel: CBS
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    The one to look forward to this year is CBS' The Dovekeepers, the latest in a growing series of stories that recast traditional tales from heterogeneous, even conflicting, points of view.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    The Dovekeepers is beautifully written and acted, without a whiff of the hokey melodrama so unfortunately common in period pieces, especially those with biblical themes.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Deborah Day

    If Biblical-style fantasy is your bag, then its for you, but audiences who have feminist leanings will find the number of times the women are--as with too many Bible tales--called whores and prostitutes extremely grating.

    The Wrap Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    The Dovekeepers is well-produced television, polishing a long-ago tragedy into a smooth story. That may or may not be the same thing as accurate history.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    Flavius Josephus’ position in The Dovekeepers would perhaps be even more egregious if any of the other characters were fully drawn, but they aren’t.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    We’ve spent so much time on mundane love affairs, the nature of the resistance remains an enigma. The Dovekeepers spins history until everyone seems a bit dizzy.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    There’s a well-scrubbed tepidness to Shirah (Cote de Pablo), and to this whole mini-series, that Ziva never would have tolerated.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    This Masada is a hotbed of passion, with plenty of lovemaking amid the threat of war, and you may wonder why Sam Neill doesn't urge them to can the soap opera and cut to the chase. [23 Mar - 5 Apr 2015, p.15]

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    A missed opportunity to deliver a compelling modern interpretation of the famous mass suicide.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    [The Dovekeepers] is filled to the brim with chintzy special effects and subpar acting, plus the kind of Harlequin novel eroticism that went out of fashion long before Fabio stopped shilling for “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter.”

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    [The story comes] complete with stilted dialogue and focus more on their complicated, intertwined personal lives than on the legendary siege and its bloody aftermath.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    While there are plenty of concurrent threads--including Kathryn Prescott as Shirah’s warrior daughter, Aziza; and Sam Hazeldine as Flavius Silva, the ruthless leader of the invading Romans--those come across less as fully realized plots than half-baked time-wasters before the main event, when the Romans finally figure out a strategy to breach the seemingly impregnable fortress. Those closing moments capture some of the romance that has surrounded the story of Masada, but having poorly established the characters even with the occasional Harlequin Romance-style grappling between Shirah and Eleazar.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    The Dovekeepers is so bad it is virtually impossible to believe it exists in the current landscape of American television.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
Episode Guide For Show: The Dovekeepers