Last week I attended the #PixarCocoEvent and #ABCTVEvent in Los Angelos with 24 other amazing bloggers. During our visit, we visited the Disney ABC TV building to check out the newest episode of Kevin (Probably) Saves The World plus an interview with the Show Creators. We had an exclusive interview with the show’s creators & Executive Producers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters (“Marvel’s Agent Carter,” “Resurrection”). Find out below some interesting facts about the cast, the creators of the show, and how this show came about.
“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” airs on Tuesdays at 10|9c on ABC. Episodes are also available via streaming and on demand.
The new ABC TV Show Kevin Probably Saved The World is one of those shows where you don’t know exactly what you’re getting into, but once the story starts to unravel you’re happy you tuned in. I would honestly assume that I would handle Kevin’s new job exactly the same way. A bit awkwardly with no sense of what I’m actually supposed to do with the enormous amount of responsibility. Yet like Kevin, I would have the best intentions in mind and do my job with endless love.
In a time when the most popular TV Shows on television are about edgy drama and action. Kevin Probably Saves The World is the new lighter side of the TV Show segments. This show will make you laugh and fall in love with the characters as if they are now apart of your family.
Take a Quick look at the Trailer for Todays November 14th, 2017 Episode “Dave”
Sneak Peek Trailer
Will Sasso Guest Stars as Dave. “Dave” – Yvette has her reservations when 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.
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
“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” airs on Tuesdays at 10|9c on ABC. Episodes are also available via streaming and on demand.
Interview With The Show Creators & Executive Producers
Now to jump into the wonderful interview we had with Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters. They gave us the inside scoop on how this show came about, as well as some fun facts about he cast. I learned a lot about what it takes to create a show and gained a lot of respect for what these women do in an industry that is primarily made up of men. I had to salute you strong women who are leading the way for many other young women out there aspiring to become show writers and producers.
More Warriors of God and The Righteous?
Michele Fazekas: Yes. I try not to give too much away, but yes, we will see more “warriors for God”. Will Sasso plays Dave, who will actually be around for more than one episode. As things move toward them figuring out how to find the first righteous person, we will see more [warriors for God]. Kevin is one of the righteous people. In the pilot, Yvette says “Angels are a human construct. Let’s just say I’m a warrior for God.”
There’s someone working against them? Will we get to see more of that this season?
Michele Fazekas: Yes. We sort of explore that with Will Sasso a little bit more and talking about what that means.
Yvette and you Kevin talking to himself.
Tara Butters: In last week’s episode, we had what we called the puppet fight watching those dailies were absolutely insane because we shot it all with Kimberly doing all the moves with him and then we shot it without her. And Jason’s ability at physical comedy that he like I grew up on, on Three’s Company.
Fun Fact: Jason’s father was actor John Ritter, best known for his role on “Three’s Company” and “8 Simple Rules.”
I think that Jason is his own person. And I think what he brings I wanna say he’s better than his father. But I think he brings everything that his father had but even a grounded realness to his performance. But like you see his dad in him and it’s crazy.
Jason Ritter and his Amazing Comedic Abilities
Michele Fazekas: The director of the pilot had him do a scene. It was a scene when they were talking in the diner. And usually when you do a scene where somebody’s invisible, let’s say, so you would shoot the scene and the person is just off camera saying the lines to him. So, somebody is the saying the lines with him even though you don’t see [that person]. Well, the Director, Paul McGuigan, goes, can you just do it without hearing the lines? So, basically just doing the lines in your head. And Jason’s said yeah I think I can do it.
He did it so well that the crew gave him a standing ovation, ‘cause he’s so good. He knows his lines and the other person’s lines, and so they do that a lot. But I also don’t wanna go to that well so much, because then I think it gets kind of old. And so, I think it’s about sort of finding those moments like the puppet fight how can he look maximum crazy, which is funny.
Fun Fact: The Show actually has 6 writing Entities who Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters could work closely with.
How This Show Came About
Tara Butters: What was weird is we have a deal at ABC Studios. So, we’ve been here for several years. We did Agent Carter for them and then a show called Resurrection before that. And we had had a different pilot, actually a pilot that was kind of more tied to Disney IP (Intellectual Property) and everything. And we had been working on that and because of various things that happened, we ended up having to shelve that pilot. At the time we were like, well, let’s just rewrite something. We’ll just write a speculative script and maybe it’ll be a cable thing.
Write something for ourselves, one of the things we walked away from this past year was, there are just a lotta people who are unhappy and don’t feel good about where they are in their life, and that they don’t feel heard. And I think we kinda took that as something as inspiration, it felt like people needed something that just, well, it 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.
It Happened Quick
Michele Fazekas: Well, after that year of campaigning it’s really easy to find ugliness in the world. You don’t have to work that hard. We always like sort of blending genres and sort of elements of wonder and mysticism. And we met as assistants on the X Files. And even on Agent Carter, we were blending comedy and drama, action and adventure all in the same show.
When it happened, it happened quick. And then we picked up. We’re gonna shoot a pilot. And Paul McGuigan wanted to direct it, and he’s amazing. And then we see Jason Ritter’s name on a list of actors. Here are all the actors who are approximate of this age, and we see his name. We’re like oh. And I had just seen Jason in Drunk History. It’s so ridiculous, but I love it.
And I had seen him on Drunk History. I know he’s really funny. And I know he can act dramatically. And he came in and did a screen test. And we’re like, oh, there he is. I mean he’s exactly and then sort of everybody fell into place.
Fun Fact: When in the writing room the writers will throw out the phrase ” okay, here’s a bad pitch” when discussing show ideas.
Seeing The World Through New Eye’s
Michele Fazekas: There’s another concept that I’d heard about while we were breaking the pilot. And it’s a concept called metanoia, which is a theological term that literally means to see the world through new eyes. And the concept being one person can’t change the world, but there is a transformative thing that happens when you see the world through new eyes where it actually does change the world.
A Show Meant For The Whole Family
Tara Butters: I wanted something I can watch with my kids and that we could both sit down and enjoy it. And, you know, 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. Because they see rough cuts because they love to, my oldest read the scripts, but 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.
Fun Fact: The Creators know who the last Righteous person will be but with the show changing as they go it’s possible that could change as well.
Young Jason Ritter’s The Aspiring Stunt Man
Michele Fazekas: One of the things that I love about somebody like Jason because he’s got all the tools, he will throw himself around and throw his body around at the drop of a hat. He will fall down, he told us a funny story about when he was seven, he and his buddy thought that the most awesome job obviously was Hollywood stuntman. So, that’s what they were gonna be.
But they thought in order to do that, all you had to do was just build up your tolerance for pain. So, he and his buddy would just hurt themselves. And I’m like, oh, God, your poor mother. I didn’t know that about him that he really will just throw himself around. So, we’ve incorporated that into it.
Fun Fact: In the beginning of the year, they will break an episode. It takes about a week to break and episode. Breaking an episode means you have a whiteboard and you have six acts, including every single scene.
The Chemistry Between the Cast
Tara Butters: I mean the thing is, you literally are casting almost blind dates where it’s like you cast everybody individually and you show up on the day of the pilot. And you see them together and you’re just hoping everything flows together.
Michele Fazekas: Putting people in scenes together and seeing how they are with each other the way Jason and JoAnna Garcia are great together. And their interactions are so real to me. If you have brothers and sisters, you can say the meanest things to the people that you love sometimes and then you can say the most wonderful things to them. And so, that feels very real to me. I think Kimberly Hebert Gregory, just where her character has gone and where she will go, has been unexpected. And I love it. She’s so great and she can kind of do anything. I will always laugh when she’s just annoyed with Kevin. She, again, can kind of go from really funny to really dramatic and emotional.
Tara Butters: You get all these different people in different scenes and you go, “I love them together.” That’s the fun of coming up with weird combinations and ways stories twist. I think that we want these people to do weird, wacky things that you’re not expecting, and hopefully, we can always have fun with it.
Fun Fact: With writing a show “There’s this whole process of notes. You get notes from the studio and network on sort of every step of the way. “
The Shows Music
Michele Fazekas: 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 is, ’cause we worked with him before, is he will score the entire show and then we’ll go to his studio and he’ll play the whole show for us.
Michele Fazekas: And then we’ll listen to each cue and we’ll give him notes on it. And I would say 50 percent of the cues are perfect, great, ’cause he completely gets the tone of this show. I like music, ’cause I have a musical background. So, I can give annoying notes, like can it be an F sharp and not an F? And I’m like, “I’m really sorry.” That’s super picky, but he actually is appreciative of that. So, yeah, we get to have a lot of input on it. And it’s fun. But it also helps that he’s incredibly talented.
Fun Fact: Real life experiences in the creator’s lives are actually brought up and used in episodes.
Jason Ritter’s is A Great Tweeter and A Great Person
Michele Fazekas: He’s great Tweeter. I was telling some people he is exactly what you think he is. He is the kindest, funniest, hard working, I could not love him more. How he presents himself to the world is actually how he is. There’s no kind of fake quality to him. He’s a genuinely good guy. And weirdly Tara and I worked with his dad. We wrote an episode of SVU that his dad was in. And he played a really bad guy.
How They Snagged Jason Ritter
Michele Fazekas: They didn’t fly the writers out to New York for production (SVU). We would go out to prep. And so we had run into him. We were in Beverly Hills at the Starbucks on Beverly, and Tara sees him and she’s like, oh my God, we have to talk to him. When you live in LA it’s like you don’t go up to famous people, ’cause you see them all the time. But we have to go talk to him. So, we kinda went up to him and were like, hey, we wrote this for you. He was like oh, my God. You guys wrote that? You’re like Sex in the City. And he’s like you guys are sick. But he was so, lovely. I just remember hearing the cast and crew of SVU loved him.
And I feel like Jason has that same quality. Here one of the crew members was saying the great thing about this job is I wake up every morning and I’m so excited because I get to see what he does every day. And so, that’s nice.
Fun Fact: Only the Pilot Episode was Shot in Austin Texas, as well as the San Antonio Airport. All the rest of the episodes you see on the show were shot in Atlanta.
I had a great time interviewing Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, I learned so much and laughed a lot. Make sure you check out ABC TV’s “Kevin (Probably) Saves the World” which airs on Tuesdays at 10|9c on ABC. Episodes are also available via streaming and on demand.
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