My children and I enjoyed watching “Touched by an Angel,” as they grew up when we lived Southeast of Metro Atlanta. The series continues to run on GMC each night at 7 and 8 p.m. each weeknight.
In 1994, Roma Downey, Della Reese, and John Dye starred in the series as one of the first programs on CBS to openly affirm God as deity and having a plan. Although the program aired on Wednesday nights to begin with, it was not until the program began airing on Saturday nights behind “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,” that the show began to win its time period.
Ever since 1956 the Ten Commandments starring Charlton Heston aired, it’s been said that Hollywood has been thirsty for more. Reality Show guru, Mark Burnett and wife, Roma Downey enjoyed the movie and set out to do the Bible justice in a new mini series that premiered on the History channel on Sunday, March 3rd. It is an adaptation of Bible stories that endeavors to “stay true to the Spirit of the Book.” The series will run each Sunday, culminating on Easter. It covers Genesis to Revelation.
The first program began with Noah‘s Ark being tossed in violent waves as lightning flashed across the skies. Noah is sharing the creation story with his family, explaining why God, the Creator chose to cleanse the earth by sending a flood. He discusses the garden of Eden, the paradise that God created for man and the disobedience that drove them from the garden. The wickedness in the heart of man was further explained with the story of Cain killing his brother Abel.
It further covers the story of Abraham and Sarah, the promise of the promised land and the testing of Abraham’s faith. The account of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt and the receiving of the Ten Commandments is also covered in the first two hour program.
When asked why would the creator of “Shark Tank” and “Survivor” and the woman who played an apprentice angel be interested in tackling the Bible, Burnett replied, "The Bible is the foundation of this nation, of our laws, of our society. There wouldn't have been the Declaration of Independence. President Obama swore his allegiance to all of us not on one Bible, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Bible and Abraham Lincoln's Bible last month. It's on our money: 'In God We Trust.'"
They were keenly aware that they would have to make the special effects shine, which they have succeeded in after viewing the first program. Their three teenage daughters asked them to keep from making the special effects lame.
The Hollywood couple claim that their faith is central in their lives and besides the special effects that the project was personal to them. They took responsibility in telling the stories seriously.
Burnett stated, "We believe the Bible. However, on this project, there's only one way to approach this. You have to take the Bible as a fact.”
The couple sought prayer of prayer circles and the advice and counsel of theologians and academics. The series cost less than 22 million to produce, which is cheap by Hollywood’s standards, but the bills continue coming in.
The hope is also that people will watch and open or reopen their Bibles.
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