Kevin (Probably) Saves the World
Original Air Date: Oct 3, 2017
Brianna – Managing Editor
After a casting and title change, ABC is ready to show the world Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.
Kevin tells the story of a man who returns home after a series of bad luck and unfortunate events. But things aren’t exactly as comfortable and easy going, with an awkward family reunion with his sister, Amy, and his niece, Reese, who are still trying to deal with a death. After a meteorite crashes near the house, he finds that he’s gained some sort of gift a new mission, and essentially a spiritual guide through this mission to (probably) save the world.
Most of the hour has Kevin coming to terms with the news of his mission, dealing with this spiritual guide, and saving those souls out there and sets the foundation for the story in a way that doesn’t slow the pacing of the show. It was surprising to see the characters mention one of the circumstances that brought Kevin back home and it’ll be interesting to see if it’s mentioned more as the series goes on.
The premiere offered an even mix of comedy and drama, quickly reminding me of Joan of Arcadia in that sense and in some instances, the premise of the show (and then there’s the Jason Ritter of it all). The cast does an excellent job of quickly piquing your interest in everyone’s story, from Kevin (Ritter) to Amy (Joanna Garcia Swisher) and Reese (Chloe East), in a way that makes you want to stick around and see more of it. Yvette, Kevin’s guiding angel, played by Kimberly Hébert Gregory, brings a balanced measure of comedy and seriousness to the role.
My question at the end of the hour though, became how the story be sustained once Kevin achieves his goal?
Either way, if you are in need of another family-centered light dramedy, this is the show for you.
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World premieres Tuesday, October 3 at 10 p.m. on ABC.