Ted McGinley: ‘Baxters’ is ‘Melrose Place Meets the Bible’

Ted McGinley: ‘Baxters’ is ‘Melrose Place Meets the Bible’ March 28, 2024

Prime Video’s “The Baxters,” premiering this week, offers a refreshing portrayal of family dynamics, faith, and the resilience of the human spirit. Veteran actor Ted McGinley, known for his roles in “Do You Believe?,” “Happy Days” and “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness,” stars alongside Roma Downey (“Touched By an Angel”). 

McGinley, who plays a foundational character in “The Baxters,” expressed his enthusiasm for joining a series that revolves around the timeless theme of family. Reflecting on iconic family-centric shows like “The Waltons” and “Seventh Heaven,” McGinley acknowledges the appeal of portraying a character integral to the narrative’s core. “I wanted to be a part of the Baxters—one where the character is this foundational rock, they can’t do the show without him, which is fun as an actor,” he shares.

However, it wasn’t just the premise of the show that drew McGinley in; it was also the camaraderie he felt with Downey, who portrays one of the show’s central characters. Describing Downey as warm, generous, and kind, McGinley emphasizes the genuine connection he shares with her both on and off the screen. “I met Roma, and just felt like I met a friend, an old friend that I’ve known forever,” he says, highlighting the authenticity of their friendship.

Ginley humorously remembers that Mark Burnett, Downey’s husband, aptly describes the series as “Melrose Place meets the Bible,” a juxtaposition that encapsulates its unique blend of drama and faith-based themes. McGinley acknowledges this quality, noting, “There’s nothing like it.” He expresses curiosity about how the show will resonate with a faith-based audience, recognizing its potential to provide viewers with valuable insights into navigating life’s challenges.

One of the defining aspects of “The Baxters” is its portrayal of real-life struggles within the context of faith and family. McGinley emphasizes the show’s ability to tackle difficult topics such as infidelity with sensitivity and authenticity. “There’s someone cheating, you’re sitting you’re watching, it’s hard to watch. But it shows you how to get through it and get to the other side,” he explained. Through its nuanced exploration of adversity, the series offers viewers hope and guidance in overcoming obstacles.

Downey herself coined the term “hope opera” to describe “The Baxters,” a fitting descriptor for a show that combines elements of traditional soap opera storytelling with themes of hope and redemption. McGinley echoes this sentiment, emphasizing the show’s uplifting message amid life’s challenges. “It’s a flat-out soap opera, and I love that she calls it a hope opera,” he said.

“The Baxters” aims to connect with audiences by portraying the complexities of life through the lens of faith and family. McGinley emphasizes the universal nature of the show’s themes, noting, “There’s no escape. Life comes at you, and life happens.” Through its portrayal of love, understanding, and resilience, the series offers viewers a reflection of their own experiences and a source of encouragement in times of adversity.

“It’s beautiful to watch,” he said. “It’s not going to be for everybody, probably, but there will be an audience that’s thirsty for something like this, and they will see themselves in it.”

“The Baxters” is currently streaming on Prime Video.

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