Michael Landon was known for his lead role in Little house in the meadow, but he was also known to appear in the hit series Highway to paradise. If you are a huge fan of the show, you are in luck. The show will restart. Here’s everything Showbiz Cheat Sheet knows.
A “Highway to Heaven” reboot is coming
Lifetime recently announced its intention to bring Highway to paradise back to the small screen. Instead of a TV series, the show will be restarted as a TV movie series. According to Lifetime, Michael Landon’s wife Cindy Landon and the Michael Landon Estate worked with the network to help make the reboot possible.
Lifetime says its goal is to bring hope and shine a light on social issues. “With a constant theme of love and kindness, the reboot aims to inspire hope and community by addressing contemporary social and emotional issues, this time with a female angel as the anchor of the film series,” Lifetime said in a statement.
Tanya Lopez, executive vice president of script programming for Lifetime, said the time is right for this reboot. Given the COVID-19 pandemic and issues of social injustice, many could use TV shows that distract from these stressors.
“The original Highway to paradise It was date viewing for millions of people and at a time when we need these messages of hope most. We’re excited to bring the iconic series back in a new way, âLopez said in a statement.
Jill Scott and ‘7e Heaven’s star Barry Watson to star in ‘Highway to Heaven’ reboot
Singer Jill Scott and former 7th Sky actor Barry Watson will star in the reboot. Scott will play Angela, an angel on Earth whose mission is to help those facing a crisis. Watson will play Bruce, a high school principal who finds out who Angela really is.
It won’t be Scott’s first time on the network. She also starred in Lifetime’s Flint, which dealt with the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Scott also appeared in the Lifetime reboot of Steel magnolia trees and Sins of the mother. Watson returns to the Lifetime Network after playing in A very nutty Christmas and Santa.
Michael Landon on “Highway to Heaven”
Landon played the role of Jonathan Smith in Highway to paradise for 111 episodes from 1984 to 1989. He told the Los Angeles Times that he came up with the idea for the series after traveling through Beverly Hills.
âI was driving through Beverly Hills to pick up my kids on a Friday night,â Landon said. âAnd people honked their horns. There is no worse place for this than Beverly Hills; I think when people have a little more money, they really believe that the Red Sea is going to separate, and their car will go forward.”
“And I was like, ‘Why is everyone so angry?’ Landon continued. “If they were just spending the same time being nice.” It is obvious that the flow of traffic will be much better if everyone has the opportunity. ‘ “
In the book Conversations with Michael Landon by Tom Ito, Landon revealed that getting the show approved isn’t easy. Television executives did not believe that a show about an angel helping people on earth would resonate with viewers. “The whole idea horrified them!” said Landon. âThey said, ‘Well, you know these things don’t work right.’ “
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