“Unanswered Prayers,” a TV movie executive produced by Oklahoma music superstar Garth Brooks and based on his 1990 hit song, will debut at 8 tonight on Lifetime Television.
Filmed in Virginia, the movie centers on a contented small-town husband and father (Eric Close, “Without a Trace”) whose stable life is shaken up when his high school sweetheart (Madchen Amick, “Damages”) returns, forcing him to choose between his lost dreams and his loyal wife (Samantha Mathis, the movie “Broken Arrow”).
The plot closely follows the lyrics to the song, which Brooks co-wrote and recorded for his blockbuster sophomore album “No Fences.”
“Since the song came out, we’ve had the West Coast calling about making a movie about this thing. But every time they brought us a treatment, it changed the song dramatically,” Brooks told me in a recent phone interview from Los Angeles, where he promoted the film and performed “Unanswered Prayers” on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Tanya Lopez, head of Lifetime’s original-movie division, didn’t want to change a thing. She believed his country song could translate directly into a timely universal drama.
“Tanya from Day 1 assured me that she would go to whatever distance it took to make sure that this movie turned out as a good representation of the song, and she kept her word,” Brooks said. “She fought like hell to keep this thing exactly like the song was … and so anything she wants to do in the future, I’m in.”
To read NewsOK TV blogger Melissa Hayer’s review of the Lifetime Original Movie “Unanswered Prayers,” click here.