During my trip to the premiere of Disney Pixar Coco last week, I had a chance to hop over to the ABC Building to learn a bit more about two of their shows: Kevin (Probably) Saves the World and Designated Survivor. I’m already a fan of Designated Survivor. I have been since the beginning of season 1, it’s now in season 2, and I’ll have more about it tomorrow.
But today, now that I’ve gotten caught up on the new show, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, I’m a fan. So I want to tell you a bit about it, in case you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, or, if you’re already a fan, in case you just want a few, tasty, new insights.
Going to the ABC building is always fun. We went to eat dinner and watched the East Coast feed of an episode of Kevin while live tweeting. We had a blast!
Two fun things happened.
First, we ended up in the same room with the two very talented creators and executive producers of the show, Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters. You’re sure to know their other work, they were executive producers/showrunners on both “Marvel’s Agent Carter” and “Resurrection” on ABC. Before that, they served as writers/producers on “Law & Order: SVU” for five seasons, during which time they received two Writers Guild nominations. So all I’m saying is they know their way around a television show and we learned a lot from them.
The second fun thing that happened was the hilarious Jason Ritter, star of Kevin, started following, liking and retweeting our tweets throughout, so we had fun interacting with him and it was cool to have him join the conversation!
When one of us mentioned Jason was following our tweets, Michele said, “Oh, I know. He’s a great Tweeter. I was telling some people: he is exactly what you think he is. He is the kindest, funniest, most hardworking [person]. I could not love him more. How he presents himself to the world is actually how he is.”
What a great compliment don’t you think? Now you know. Watch the show and tweet using #KevinProbably and, who knows, Jason may just join the conversation.
If you are not familiar with the show, some of the cast members describe it here (video):
The Beginning of Kevin
Tara confessed that they wanted to write something for themselves. She said, “whether you’re on the right or the left politically, one of the things we walked away with from this past year was there are just a lot of people who are unhappy, and don’t feel good about where they are in their life, and they don’t feel heard. And I think we kind of took that as something of an inspiration – 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 might inspire somebody else to do a good thing.“
They also said that both of them are parents (Tara has a 12-year-old and a 10-year-old, Michelle one 8-year-old and a 6-year-old) and they wanted something they could watch and enjoy with their kids.
What You Will See More in the Show
The righteous people: Little by little, we will start finding out who the other 35 righteous people in the world are. Michelle went a little farther, confessing that she already knows who the last righteous one is.
The dark forces: We will find out who is working against Kevin and Yvette.
The Team and Time
I have always wanted to know how long a show like Kevin takes, so I asked and this is what I learned in numbers.
- 6 writers – The team behind Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
- 1 week – Time that it takes to break an episode. Breaking means they will have a whiteboard and 6 acts.
- 3 scenes per act.
- 2 days to write an outline.
- 2 weeks to write the script.
- 16 days. Prepping and shooting an episode.
- 5 days, the time the Director needs to cut through the episode.
- 4-6 days to cut it and get the episode to the studio.
Thanks Michelle and Tara for sharing your time and insight with us, and for answering our questions.
Check out the sneak peek of today’s episode here (video):