HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN Reboot in Development at A&E; Mark Wahlberg on to Executive Produce

     January 16, 2014


Highway to Heaven is returning to television if executive producer Mark Wahlberg has anything to say about it.  For those of you who didn’t have a chance to watch this delightful series during its late 80s run on NBC, it followed Jonathan Smith (Michael Landon), an angel on probation given assignments by God to help troubled humans overcome their difficulties.  Assisting him on Earth was his human companion, Mark Gordon (Victor French), whose cynical personality often clashed with Jonathan’s to humorous effect.  A&E’s planned reboot will have an edgier take (of course) and will be penned by Hell on Wheels showrunner, John Wirth.  Hit the jump for more.

News of the Highway to Heaven series reboot comes courtesy of THR.  While I’m happy to see this particular series making a comeback, the decision to go “edgier” with it makes me a bit concerned.  It was one of the more uplifting series I remember watching with the family, right in line with Landon’s more famous series, Little House on the Prairie.  In an age of police procedurals, apocalyptic supernatural dramas and fictional serial killers whose crimes rival their real world counterparts, do we really need edgy angels out to earn their wings?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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