If you love watching a television show that is based on faith and family values, then you may love hearing this piece of news. Roma Downey, along with LightWorkers Media, is in the process of turning a beloved book series featuring the Baxter family by Christian fiction author Karen Kingsbury into a brand new TV series.
With more than 20 million copies of this book series sold worldwide since the first one was published in 2002, it has certainly grown a devoted fan base throughout the years. Now that Roma Downey will be bringing these stories to the small screen, those faithful readers will be able to see the Baxter family come to life on their TV screens, and they are thrilled. In fact, the Irish actress/producer admits to being a big fan of the books herself.
“At LightWorkers, we are always looking for uplifting projects and because I am such a fan of the series, it makes so much sense to bring our two brands together.”
When the news was first reported by Deadline, those fans quickly went to the site to read all about it. In fact, it was noted by Kingsbury on social media that it ended up to be the number one hottest story on the entertainment news site, at least for a little while.
The first book in the series is called Redemption, in which one of the daughters of John and Elizabeth Baxter is caught in a marriage of adultery. The family’s Christian beliefs are tested, as well their the couple’s marriage vows.
The entire 22 books in the series revolve around each and every one of the Baxter children and grandchildren as they go through many trials and tribulations, as well as joys and sorrows. Despite their differences and what they go through, they always come back to putting faith and family first.
Karen Kingsbury has written many books over the years, but the Baxter series were always the most loved and well-known of the author’s writing career. She expressed just how thrilled she is that Downey has chosen to work with her to bring this series to life.
“Working with Roma Downey to see the Baxter Family become a TV series is the most exciting thing to happen in my entire career. In her capable and talented hands, we all believe the Baxter Family will become a longstanding beloved series that will run for many years to come. My 25 million readers have been begging to see the Baxter Family on TV, and now their dreams will come true.”
Downey is most well-known for her role as Monica in Touched By An Angel. She has since turned producer, and along with her famous husband, Mark Burnett, they have successfully launched LightWorkers Media back in 2011. The husband-wife producing team is responsible for putting out faith-based projects such as The Son of God and The Bible miniseries. Those were both highly promoted, and were well received by those who were looking for lots of drama with a twist of faith mixed in.
Of course, Mark Burnett is most famous for creating a few highly successful shows of his own. Survivor, The Voice, and Shark Tank may come to mind when you think of this British producer. He has also just recently been named as president of MGM television, as reported by Variety in December. Since then, LightWorkers Media has nestled in as a division of MGM, with Roma heading it up.
Now comes the task of finding just the right actors to make the members of the Baxter family come alive. Whomever Roma Downey has in mind for this new project, it is sure to be a big hit as a family-friendly TV series.
Are you excited to have Karen Kingsbury’s beloved family on TV?
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