I was honored to be invited to the #PixarCocoEvent, a Disney press junket for Disney Pixar COCO, Big Hero 6 Baymak Returns, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, Designated Survivor, and Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. As a guest, my expenses were covered in return for a series of articles about my experiences and reviews of the programming.
During my most recent trip to Los Angeles for the #PixarCocoEvent I had an opportunity to join other bloggers in live tweeting as we watched how the November 7th Kevin (Probably) Saves the World episode unfold. Not only did we watch the show with show creators, showrunners, and executive producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, but afterwards we took some time to talk to them about creating this new hit show for ABC TV.
I have to admit, that before last week I had not really watched the show, I had seen a few commercials but I wasn’t sure if there would be enough to Kevin (Probably) Saves the World to hold my attention. An hour or so later, my mind had been changed. Not only is this a family-friendly ABC TV show you can watch with your kids, but there are so many other reasons you can and should enjoy the show with your family.
About the Kevin (Probably) Saves the World series on ABC
Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter) is not a good person. He’s not terrible, but he’s selfish, and clueless, and values material wealth and status over all else. And he’s beginning to realize that those things aren’t making him happy – in fact, he’s fairly miserable. Just when things seem to be at their worst, he finds himself tasked with an unbelievable mission… saving the world.
On a dangerous path of despair, Kevin returns to his childhood home in Texas to crash with his widowed twin sister, Amy (JoAnna Garcia Swisher), and teenaged niece, Reese (Chloe East). It is a strained homecoming – he and his family have grown apart over the years – and Kevin has no real hope that anything will get better. But a series of fantastic events, including a meteorite landing near the house, lead Kevin to meet an unlikely celestial guide, Yvette (Kimberly Hébert Gregory). Yvette delivers incredible news to Kevin: in every generation, there are 36 righteous souls on Earth whose mere existence protects the word. Kevin, she tells him, is the last of the 36 righteous. Humanity has been thrown into crisis. Without the 36, the world will begin to lose the one thing that allows us to persevere through the ups and downs of life: hope.
Now Kevin has a mission, whether he wants it or not: “power up” his soul through acts of kindness and selflessness, so that he can eventually find and anoint a new generation of righteous. Yvette will serve as his protector and teacher, a drill sergeant with divine authority, even if she’s the least angel-like person he’s ever met.
Take a look at the trailer for Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
Here’s a peek at the next episode of Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
Seven Reasons to Watch Kevin (Probably) Saves the World on ABC TV
- Jason Ritter is truly an authentic and comedic actor. He brings his hilarious talent and physical comedy skills to every episode. Tara Butters says, “I think that Jason is his own person. And I think what he brings — I wanna say he’s better than his father. I think he brings everything that his father had but even a grounded realness to his performance. But like you see his dad (John Ritter) in him and it’s crazy.”
- The characters and their storylines are relatable. These aren’t perfect people with perfect lives, Rather the characters are regular adults, parents, and kids, like us, making mistakes, like we would, and then trying to figure it out.
- Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is a safe show to watch with your kids. There are no scenes with inappropriate language or one that make you want to cringe in front of your kids. Tara Butters says, “I wanted something I can watch with my kids and that we could both sit down and enjoy it. Typically what happens is tomorrow morning my girls get up at six o’clock in the morning. We come downstairs and we watch it before school. They see rough cuts because they love to — my oldest reads the scripts. We’ll watch it on Wednesday morning, because we have to time shift, ’cause they don’t stay up till ten. It was important to us to have stuff that we could watch with our kids.”
- A real orchestra is responsible for the music in Kevin (Probably) Saves the World. In response to one of my fellow bloggers complimenting and asking about the music Michele Fazekas responded, “There are two different people. There’s a music supervisor who helps us pick the songs that we put in. She’s great. We actually had her on Agent Carter as well where she’s picking all these great ’40 songs. And so, she finds this interesting stuff. Blake Neely is our composer. He was our composer on Resurrection. He’s so amazing. The way we work together, he will score the entire show. Then we’ll go to his studio and he’ll play the whole show for us. Then the nice thing is ABC — God bless them — lets us have a live orchestra record everything, which makes a tremendous — I don’t even think you consciously know what a difference it makes, but you’ll hear it on his synthesizer and it’s amazing, and then you hear the real orchestra. And you’re like, oh, wow, I think that makes a huge difference.”
- With creators and producers, Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is lead by a strong female team who are paving the way for others in the industry. Michele says, “We’re now at the point now everybody sort of understands — ‘cause part of it too, is you’re teaching the writer what the show is. And what their voices are, and that takes time too. In the beginning, I was doing a lot of rewriting just because everyone’s new to the show, and now I don’t have to do as much…I love good writers who contribute something new to the show that I didn’t even expect. It just makes me a better writer. I think we pretty much approach it without an ego. It’s like if you do something better than me, great. Because that just makes the show better.”
- Watching Kevin (Probably) Saves the World with your kids is a great way to have discussions with your kids about the choices we make. We see these characters struggle with choices they made in their own lives and the consequences of those choices. Each episode presents a new opportunity to talk with your kids about your family’s values and how to make great choices.
- Kevin (Probably) Saves the World also shows how little acts of kindness matter. We see Kevin do these random acts of kindness. Each of them has this ripple effect. In the episode we watched, Kevin literally gave the clothes off his back to an unemployed husband who had not told his wife that he’s been unemployed for the past 18 months. I won’t spoil the Kevin (Probably) Saves the World episode but Kevin’s kindness goes a long way in helping set things right. Tara says, ” …it felt like people needed something that came from a good place and kind of reminded you that little acts actually do add up and that you can have — you can do one thing and that might inspire somebody else to do a good thing.”
What do you think? What would you add to our list?
Grab your kids and get your laughter on tonight for Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
Catch Kevin (Probably) Saves the World Series on the ABC on Tuesdays!
- Kevin (Probably) Saves the World airs on ABC Tuesdays at 10/9c.