TLC is getting religion. The cable channel known for reality shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and 19 Kids and Counting has ordered a series exploring answered prayers. The as-yet-untitled project will be executive produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the husband-wife team behind History’s The Bible (and of course, Burnett also produces broadcast hits like CBS’ Survivor and NBC’s The Voice).
Downey will host the six-part series, which will “explore the stories of people who claim that they’ve experienced modern-day miracles, incredible twists of fate, and phenomena that logic and science cannot explain.”
“TLC is always looking for remarkable, heart-warming, and eye-opening stories,” said Nancy Daniels, general manager, TLC. “This project, and our fantastic partnership with Roma and Mark, will deliver a television experience that connects with the hearts, minds, and faith of our viewers.”
Added Downey: “Mark and I feel passionate about providing projects that show people’s lives in positive and uplifting ways. This is a wonderful opportunity to work with TLC and host a series that will inspire and encourage viewers to remember that even in the worst circumstances prayer can lead to divine intervention.”
The surprise success of last year’s The Bible has sparked a renewed interest in religion-themed programming. Burnett and Downey are producing a follow-up project, NBC’s upcoming 12-hour miniseries A.D.