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If you look at Jason Ritter’s resume — which includes Parenthood, Joan of Arcadia, The Class, The Event and Gravity Falls — then Kevin (Probably) Saves the World is a perfect fit for the actor. Because of all the characters he’s played, it’s the one in his latest series where you’ll see a bit of each in Kevin. Or perhaps it’s just Ritter, bringing himself to life.
“When I first read script, it just made me feel nice,” said Ritter during Bell’s upfront presentation. “From what I’ve done, it almost feels like a little of this, and a little of that.”
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World centres on Kevin Finn, “a guy who’s going through a tough time,” downplayed Ritter. Er, ya think? He’s lost his job, his girlfriend left him, and it all became too much so he attempted to take his own life. With nowhere else to go, he winds up at his sister’s home, where we learn just how selfish he’s been up to now.
“Kevin’s been more self-involved than your average person,” Ritter described in that kind voice of his. “He’s missed important things in his family’s life. He’s a guy who’s put himself first quite a lot, and it hasn’t led him to anywhere happy so he’s having to start over. And that begins with his twin sister and her daughter, who have different feelings about him.”
It also begins when this incredible thing happens to him, a celestial being appearing out of nowhere to tell him it’s his job to say the world. For a guy who, up to now, has only been in it for himself, that’s not exactly what he wants to hear.
“He’s like, ‘no thanks,'” laughed Ritter. “He thinks there was some kind of mistake and he doesn’t feel like he’s done anything particularly special to deserve this responsibility — which also sounds like a lot of work.”
It sounds hokey but Ritter’s charm alone will win you over. From Joanna Garcia Swisher (sister Amy), to Chloe East (niece Reese), to Kimberly Hebert Gregory (Yvette his guardian angel), Ritter shares wonderful chemistry with each actress. The show is the perfect mix of sweet, funny, sad and a bit of the supernatural, and will make you feel feelings that you have when watching a certain hit NBC show that just entered its second season. Kevin (Probably) Saves the World might very well be the next This Is Us. That’s right, people, you heard it here first.
“It’s fun, it’s funny, and it’s uplifting,” Ritter said of his show. Come on; what more could you want?
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World premieres tonight on CTV and ABC at 10 p.m.