Martha Williamson, creator of the hit 1990s faith-based CBS series “Touched by an Angel,” revealed Thursday that the network wanted a less than holy version of the angels Americans came to love on the small screen but she rejected the perverted pitch because of her personal faith values.
“They had wanted to do [a show] with angels who smoked, drank, swore and told drug jokes. I had turned the show down because I said it’s not what I believe in and I can’t be a part of it. And the Lord said to me, this is your opportunity to change that or this is going to go on the air like this,” Williamson to The Christian Post in a telephone interview Thursday.
“Could you imagine now seeing Roma Downey and Della Reese smoking, drinking and telling drug jokes?” she asked.
Williamson said she stuck to her values and created the inspiring series viewers enjoyed for nine seasons. She credits “Touched by an Angel” for “making it possible” for people to embrace more stories on television with spiritual content and recognizes that she did not do it alone.
“One of the best things I ever did was put Della Reese and Roma Downey on ‘Touched by an Angel.’ And I’ll always be proud of the fact that during all the changes, and challenges it took, to get the show on the air, I kept three things on the show — Roma, Della and the word angel,” she said.
Williamson also commended Downey for taking on the Bible with husband Mark Burnett with the two series they worked on as executive producers, including the History Channel’s “The Bible” and NBC’s “A.D. The Bible Continues.”
“I applaud anyone who has the courage to take on the Bible,” said Williamson. “I can’t. I would be overwhelmed. It’s such a huge responsibility and it’s very expensive to do. But for me, I’m really enjoying for something like Hallmark to just take the small stories of real people today, and try to encourage the people who are trying to deal with today’s problems. That’s what I do best.”
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SOURCE: The Christian Post