A significant segment of the TV-watching public wants family-friendly content, and producer Brian Bird is doing his best to make sure they have more than a few options.

Bird may be best known as being an executive producer of the popular Hallmark television series "When Calls The Heart [VIDEO]" – which recently was renewed for a sixth season -- but he’s also had his hand in several other family-friendly projects, including "The Case for Christ" (co-producer), "Captive" (executive producer) and "Touched by an Angel" (producer).

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Now, Bird is unveiling his next project. Called "Big Sky," it is based on an Amish book series by author Tricia Goyer. It recently was sold to Netflix, although a release date has not been set.

Whole family can watch

“I'm excited,” Bird told Blasting News. “People are taking notice of the hunger out there for faith-and-family content. [Big Sky] is a little different show than When Calls The Heart. It’s set in contemporary times, but it's going to push all the same buttons for the audience and will be a show that the whole family can watch together.”

Bird said he grew up watching television with his parents – something that isn’t easy to do nowadays with few kid-friendly and family-friendly options on television.

“That was a cultural experience that was part of my growing-up years -- watching Bonanza and [other] shows with my family. And that's lost to us now. But When Calls the Heart is actually bringing it back, because we hear from a lot of our fans. … They tell us all the time: ‘We loved watching the show with our whole family and it's pretty hard to find anything else that you can do that with.’”

Devotions From Hope Valley

Bird this year released a devotional, When God Calls The Heart: Devotions From Hope Valley, which includes 40 devotionals based on the series.

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“When we started five years ago we weren't envisioning a devotional. We were just trying to do good storytelling,” Bird said. “It had our worldview woven into it. I've been a Christian since I was a little kid. I was raised in the church. My grandfather was a pastor, my father was a pastor for a time. So this is who I am as a person of faith and so it's not that hard to weave your worldview into your storytelling. It’s depicting people as they live in a community, and it's a community that does believe in Providence, that does believe that God."

In the devotional, Bird said, he and co-author Michelle Cox "look at 40 episodes" and examine "these really interesting God moments that we can expand upon."