During my trip to Los Angeles, I was honored to meet some of the best producers, writers and showrunners for the ABC TV Studios: Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters. These two women have been in a creative collaborative pod for over a decade. Scripting and writing for many well-known TV series and shows. They created The CW cult hit “REAPER.” They wrote and produced for five straight seasons on “LAW & ORDER: SVU.” They’ve been behind the Marvel’s “AGENT CARTER.” There’s a lot in their experience bin!
What makes me truly admire these two creative women is their perseverance and an incredible tenacity to see things through. And it is NOT easy in the white-male-dominated Hollywood industry. But it is possible. It is remarkable. And it should be acknowledged and celebrated.
Both Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters have been delighted to share their thoughts and takes on their projects and work overall during the interview. They always look for the talent that is around and pull into their projects those who can work as a team, is responsive to the creative demands of each project and has a quick grasp of TV reality.
The cast for the Kevin Probably show is a fantastic group of people you know from different projects before.
• 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
• India de Beaufort as Kristin Allen
The story of Kevin is a new drama on ABC that is unique, yet can be watched with children and your entire family. The concept is easy to grasp. Yet the writers make us visualize and imagine our own ways to interpret things happening during each one-hour episode.
The Kevin Probably show is about a man – Kevin – who it navigating through his life’s choices. He was sent a helper in a way, his celestial guide and inner voice – Yvette – played by Kimberly Hebert Gregory. When we asked a question about what type of show was it – religious or not – Michele Fazekas gave her explanation that truly embraces a much deeper connotation for each episode of the show.
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 means — literally means to see the world through new eyes.
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.
Look at the creative concept set up by the writing team for the Kevin (Probably) Saves the World!
Yvette tells Kevin something that changes his path forever. 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. 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.
Both Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters mentioned that they wanted to create a show where the entire family could watch together. That is why there are a lot of teaching and reflecting moments within each episode that allow our inner self to reflect and draw our own conclusions. It is easy to find ugliness and unattractive sides of the world. It is not easy to explain why these things happen. Instead, what would be more productive is to create something more powerful to counteract the dark side, so to say. It is when we think positively and seed the acts of kindness of just because. The Kevin Probably show does it in abundance.
Tara Butters sums it up so well about the show and what inspired her and Michele Fazekas to work on this script for the TV audience:
There are a lot of people who are unhappy, who don’t feel good about where they are in their life, and they don’t feel heard.
We took that as something as 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. You can do one thing, and that might inspire somebody else to do a good thing.
“Kevin (Probably) Saves the World”
Airs on Tuesdays at 10|9c on ABC
Episodes are also available via streaming and on demand
Watch the Kevin (Probably) Saves the World episodes in the comfort of your home, with family, friends, your kids! Gather everybody around and dive into the Kevin world that may inspire and shift your world in a positively unique way.
Tune in Tonight as 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.
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— Celebrate Woman (@DiscoverSelf) November 14, 2017