A contemporary, and potentially rather gritty reboot is coming to A&E, as the network will develop an updated version of the '80s light drama ‘Highway to Heaven.’
Mark Wahlberg will executive produce and John Wirth will write the series that revolves around an angel who is set down to Earth (from Heaven, that is) to help poor, unfortunate souls.
While the original show, starring Michael Landon (and his great hair) as the probationary angel Jonathan Smith who traveled around with his human companion, was well-regarded and ran for five seasons and 111 episodes, looking back from 2014, the show is of course quite terribly dated.
So enter Wahlberg, whose body of work features a curious knack for both comedic timing and harsh realism. Recently involved in the feature ‘Lone Survivor,’ Wahlberg was also a past executive producer on ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and ‘How to Make It in America.’
While his name is impressively attached to the project, Wirth, as th former ‘Hell on Wheels’ showrunner, brings some weight too as both writer and EP.
This is all part of a continued and concerted effort by A&E to foray into scripted television, as last summer new CEO Nancy Dubuc created an in-house division called A&E Studios for such ventures. Other scripted shows include ‘Longmire,’ ‘Bates Motel,’ and the crime drama ‘Those Who Kill,’ coming in March.
The latest news continues to grow the relationship between Wahlberg and A&E, as next week the network is set to debut their new reality series, ‘Wahlburgers,’ that follows Mark and his brother Donnie’s family restaurant.