Hands up all those who want to see Kevin Sorbo back on TV! If I had more than two hands, I would surely raise them! What about you?!
To that end here is the first of two reviews of an excellent pilot Kevin filmed in 2005 with the hopes that a major US network would notice called, “Bobby Cannon.” This is from our good friend, Rhonda in GA, who states what we’re all thinking: “ABC, you had the chance to pick up a great sitcom, and you blew it!”
“Bobby Cannon”: The pilot ABC didn’t pick up
In early 2005, Kevin Sorbo signed a development deal with (the American television network) ABC. He had just finished his second syndicated series, “Andromeda,” and was looking to do a series on network TV. From the development deal came a pilot for a sitcom called “Bobby Cannon.” The pilot was filmed in May, 2005, in Los Angeles, and a number of Kevin’s fans attended the taping.
Thanks to Kevin, I got a DVD copy of the pilot and loved it. Unfortunately, ABC didn’t feel the same, and decided not to add it to the 2005 schedule, and, to this day, I still don’t understand why.
Part of the reason they gave for not picking it up was that it was too much like “Cheers,” which was a hit for NBC, and “Coach,” an ABC hit produced by Barry Kemp (who also wrote and produced the “Cannon” pilot). ABC, what were you thinking?
The premise of the show, for those of you who haven’t seen the pilot, has Kevin playing the title character, the star quarterback (qb) of the (National Football League team) Chicago Bears. He also owns a sports bar and grill, which his younger sister runs for him. The Bears, as is the rest of the NFL, are preparing for the football draft.
In the bar, Bobby and his friends are gathering to hear about the Bears’ first pick. A book editor named London comes in to talk to Bobby about writing his autobiography. He’s not too keen on the idea, but he is very interested in her, so he goes along with it in hopes of getting closer to her.
To make matters worse, his agent also represents the new qb and never told him. So, it appears that Bobby will have to help train the new qb, which is quite a blow to his ego.
Dallas comes to the bar to meet Bobby, whom he idolizes. Bobby tells him that, while they will be teammates, they will never be friends then he retreats to his apartment located above the bar to drown his sorrows. London follows him and convinces him to go ahead with the book (because) his story will be very inspiring.
He wants her to spend the night with him, but she quickly tells him he’s not her type.
Had the pilot been picked up, the sitcom would be in its eighth season now, and would have been a huge hit, not just with Sorbo fans, but with football fans as well.
It’s a shame that ABC didn’t give it the chance it deserved.
BTW, of the sitcoms ABC did pick up that year, only one-”Freddie,” starring Freddie Prinze, Jr.-lasted a full season before being cancelled. The others only lasted a few episodes. I’m quite sure ABC is privately regretting this decision, and while the rights to the show have reverted back to Kevin and his then-manager, Eric Gold, Kevin has said that he is too old to play the part now.
ABC, you had the chance to pick up a great sitcom, and you blew it.
(Screen caps by Jan)
Happy March, everyone! Winter continues to pound the Eastern U.S. with cold and snow. Oooofff! But, on the upside, Kevin’s movie, “God’s Not Dead,” opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, March 21! Yay! Can’t wait!
Meanwhile, enjoy these great calendars by the multi-talented Sanne, Mara and Loli and me! Yep, my first one! Well, I tried anyway… Hope it’s OK. I promise to be more creative in future!
Thanks for your continued support of Kevin and this blog. Stay tuned for more good stuff!
This is one of two stories from our fantastic friend Elisheva in Canada. Will post the other one soon.
Here, she describes what Kevin and Hercules mean to her, and I think she speaks for many of us. Thank you so much, Elisheva!
Our Forever Hercules!
In many ways Kevin Sorbo is a hero.
Via his life testimony and life experiences, we can all learn many things. Both in his career and real life there is an “authenticness.” At the core of who Kevin is is a wise soul with good, strong ethics and with a strong sense of family/responsibility.
Two words I can say about Kevin are determination and dedication. At the heart and core of this mortal man are both the optimist and the skeptic. The wisest and most intelligent people to exist in the world were often this valuable combination. For example: the Legend of Hercules, Albert Einstein.
One of the most precious traits a person could have is to be both the student and teacher. With such natural charisma and energy, he attempts to point out the positive directions that can help others improve their lives and inner peace. Kevin does a great job doing that, simply sharing his experience, strength and hope…
In many ways, he is carrying the torch, which can temporarily light our path. And we can join him on the path of helping others and helping ourselves. We can all pick up a torch, too, and he loves that when we do: Together as one!
Our Forever Hercules!
(Images courtesy of Kevin Sorbo)
Winter here in the eastern US has been particularly unkind so far… very, very cold with lots of snow and ice. Brrrr! But, these HOT February Kevin Sorbo calendars by Sanne, Loli and Mara seem to melt that cold away! Many, many thanks, my talented friends!
This beautiful story from our dear friend Rhonda in Georgia isn’t Kevin-related… Instead, it’s a heartfelt sentiment that she wrote following her mother’s passing last February to which I think we can all relate. Our hearts and prayers continue to be with her and her family. God Bless, Rhonda, and thank you for sharing!
The Power of Music to Heal
When I lost my mom in February, 2013, it left me emotionally drained, and I needed something to bring me peace and heal the hurt. That something turned out to be music… But, not just any music… It was the music of my youth, the songs I grew up listening to, the songs of the late 1950s and early 60s.
Not only did it bring the healing and peace that I so desperately needed, but it also brought back wonderful memories of happier times in my life.
It had been a long time since I had heard many of these songs, so, in a strange but beautiful way, it was like welcoming back old friends who had been gone for awhile.
One particular song from that time period has come to mean a great deal to me personally. The song is called, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” I first remember hearing it in the movie, “Carousel” (written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II). It speaks of hope and reassurance in the midst of life’s storms. I had heard it many times, but only in the last few years have I really understood what it meant. I’ve walked through many storms in recent times, but never once have I felt that I was alone during any of them. As this song so beautifully puts it: “Walk on with hope in your heart and you’ll never walk alone.”
It goes without saying, but for a song to bring healing, it has to have the right voice behind it. For me, that voice belongs to the late, great Johnny Maestro. For those of you not familiar with him, he was the lead singer of The Crests during the late 1950s and the frontman for The Brooklyn Bridge from its formation in 1968 until his death in 2010. From the 70s on, the abovementioned song was used by The Brooklyn Bridge to close their concerts.
I first heard his rendition back in the early part of the last decade, and was totally taken with the way he sang every word straight from his heart and in a very comforting way. I heard that same rendition on the group’s 40th anniversary CD earlier this year, and, honestly, it gave me chills. I have several of his CDs, and I play that song as often as I can – it helps me get through the day. And that is what music is supposed to do.
So, next time you are down, put on some of your favorite music and see what happens – I think you’ll find it very uplifting.
Hi, all. Our wonderful friend, Jacqui D, from Scotland, provided this excellent review of Kevin’s exciting movie, “Paradox,” some time ago. Please forgive that I didn’t post it sooner.
Thank you so, so much, Jacqui!
Featuring – Kevin Sorbo, Steph Song and Christopher Judge
Directed by – Brenton Spencer
Based on the comic book trilogy Paradox
I have been a fan of Kevin Sorbo for a long time on and off.
I’m not one of those fans who have to follow the man around the world, hang on every word, (or) agree with absolutely everything he says because, believe me when I say I don’t, and think he is god (demi-god maybe). Although to be honest, I don’t think Kevin has many of that type of follower.
I follow Kevin like I follow and love “Star Trek”: I enjoy the work, but don’t really have to go any further than that. That does not mean I am not interested, but, I feel that even celebrities deserve some privacy and personal life.
In saying that, I participate, on occasion, in the odd discussion on Facebook, have joined the OEKSFC (Official European Kevin Sorbo Fan Club) and I have decided to go to the Interstar Con in Spain October, 2012, where I can meet both Kevin and William Shatner from “Star Trek,” two for the price of one, great.
I have maintained following Kevin because I like what he does with his celebrity status: He seems responsible and, although I have not met him, seems to genuinely like spending time with his fans, and he is not afraid of hard work both on and off the set. I am a very down-to-earth person who tries to treat everyone equally, which is something I see in Kevin’s attitude in his work, his contact with fans, interviews and charity work.
It is because I am happy to contribute towards Kevin’s celebrity by watching his films, reading/listening to his book, heading for the one and only convention I have ever been to that I decided to have a look at “Paradox.” I had never seen anything advertising this film nor had I heard anything about the film from anyone.
When the film started I thought, “oh, oh, this looks as though it has been done on the cheap with the obvious pretend driving,” but then I realized that the film is actually based on a comic character and had been produced as such.
“Paradox” is a story of a detective, Sean Nault (Sorbo), living in a parallel universe to the one we live in where magic is the norm and science is the stuff of myth and legend. While investigating some strange murders his partner is killed, and Sean, a homicide detective, is left to investigate the strange goings on with the aid of Lenoir (Song) and Winston Churchill (don’t ask).
Sean uncovers a plot that leads him into another dimension and realises that unless he stops the criminals both worlds will be destroyed.
Sorbo brings his usual presence to the screen with some high-kick action reminiscent of “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.” Once you get used to the comic style captions (if you put the language to English 5.1 you get these in both English and German) it is easy to get lost in the easy-to-follow plot.
If you are looking for a film with a deep plot and thought-provoking, this is not the film to watch. If, however, you are looking for some light entertainment with a little action, not to mention the handsome leading man and pretty leading lady, then this is for you.
(Images courtesy of Kevin Sorbo)
Paradox Official Trailer:
One more great piece of art from my dear friend Gina in Wisconsin in honor of this blog’s fourth anniversary last July. Wow! I really AM behind in posts! Thank you so much, Gina Nyxx!