Besides getting to have an amazing experience at the COCO red carpet premiere, we also went to the ABC Building to screen a few of their current shows. One of the shows, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, is a comedy-drama and new to the ABC lineup this fall. It’s the perfect show for families to watch on Tuesday nights.
If you aren’t familiar with Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, you can learn more about it below:
Kevin Finn is struggling. Directionless and cluelessly self-serving, he seems to be drifting ever closer to total despair. With his life spiraling further and further out of control, he heads home to seek refuge with his widowed twin sister, Amy, and her young daughter. On his first night there, life takes an unexpected turn when he receives an unlikely celestial being named Yvette, who has a mission for him: to save the world. It’s going to take a lot of trial and error, but maybe a bigger purpose is exactly what he’s needed all along.
After screening tonight’s episode we had the chance to chat with Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, the Creators and Executive Producers, of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. First of all, I love that we’re seeing more and more women create the shows and movies we see every day! It’s so empowering for us as women and those raising girls.
The star of the show, Jason Ritter, is actually John Ritter’s son. You know, the incredible actor best known for “Three’s Company”? The creators said Jason has an amazing ability with physical comedy especially considering he probably grew up watching “Three’s Company”. Jason brings everything that his father had with a grounded realness to his performance. You can definitely see parts of Jason’s dad shine through in his acting.
Michele and Tara have been with ABC Studios for several years. They did Agent Carter and a show called Resurrection. For Kevin (Probably) Saves the World they decided to write something for themselves. Michele and Tara wanted to create something they could sit down and watch with their kids and enjoy.
They felt like there’s too many unhappy people in the world and they wanted to create something to inspire people. Creating the show came from a place of good to remind us that little acts actually do add up which might inspire someone else to do something good. After being on “Law and Order SVU” for five years they wanted to create something completely different.
Once the show was picked up everything happened very quickly for the creators. They were so excited Paul McGuigan wanted to direct because he’s so amazing. Jason Ritter was an easy selection for them for the main actor. They’d watched him on “Drunk History” and knew he was very funny. He presents himself to the world how he actually is everyday.
A funny story about Jason is that years ago he and his buddy thought the most awesome job was to be a Hollywood stuntman. Him and his buddy thought in order to be a good stuntman you just had to build up your tolerance for pain. So they would hurt one another! That’s what they love about Jason as an actor. He will literally throw himself around at the drop of a hat. He really gets in to character and they try to incorporate that into the scripts.
Tonight’s episode, “Dave”, another celestial being, pops up looking to join her and Kevin on their latest mission: Reconciling Kristin and her mother under the most challenging of circumstances. Elsewhere, Nate tries to work up the nerve to ask Amy out, completely unaware of her budding chemistry with a potential beau, on “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World,” TUESDAY, NOV. 14 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.
“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” stars Jason Ritter as Kevin Finn, JoAnna Garcia Swisher as Amy Cabrera, Kimberly Hébert Gregory as Yvette, Chloe East as Reese Cabrera, J. August Richards as Deputy Nate Purcell, Dustin Ybarra as Tyler Medina and India de Beaufort as Kristin Allen.
Guest starring in this episode are Will Sasso (“Modern Family,” “Family Guy”) as Dave, Anjali Bhimani as Susan Allen, Brandon Quinn as Ignacio “Iggy” DePerro and Alex Quijano as Matthew Torres.
“Dave” was written by Chris Dingess and directed by Ron Underwood.
“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” airs on Tuesdays at 10|9c on ABC. Episodes are also available via streaming and on demand.