February 02, 2009 12:00 PM

NBC, Jan. 25-26, 9 p.m. ET

DRAMA

The Knights Templar, a military order of the medieval church, flourished during the Crusades only to plunge into a decline that sees them now reduced to a plot device in a dingbat miniseries. In 1291 a ship founders in a storm, taking with it some knights and an incredible secret that could profoundly change the history of Catholicism. Centuries later an adventurous archaeologist (Mira Sorvino) is determined to figure it all out. Sorvino speaks in a laughing, hollow voice that sounds as if she were doing Romy and Michele at the Vatican—but at least she’s funny, intentionally or not.

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