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Sorbowriter reviews Kevin Sorbo’s “Wolf Canyon”

Cast: Kevin Sorbo, Lorne Cardinal, Nikki Payne, Barbara Tyson, Jessica Harmon, Ali Liebert, Matty Finochio, Casey Manderson, Evan Adams, Brendan Beiser, Allan Harmon, Jesse Wheeler, and Richard Harmon

Really Real Films’ pilot for “Wolf Canyon” is 22 minutes of sight gags, witty dialogue, interesting characters, and a show-within-a-show plot that promises hilarity. The premiere introduces its characters and hints at what to expect from future episodes.

“Wolf Canyon” opens with a Studio Executive in Hollywood, California (A. Harmon) talking via phone with Canadian Line Producer Diane (Payne) during which she pleads with him to keep the television program, “Wolf Canyon,” on the air following the departure of its male lead. She insists that the show is “going in a brave new direction” with a new star to which the SE replies, “Rick, an old retread like that?”

The SE states that he feels sorry for her for her belief that the program could be a hit and prefers to relegate it to his “cancelled” file. His intern (R. Harmon) interjects that he likes it, but the SE remains steadfast.

Switch to the internal “Wolf Canyon” set located on the Horse Head Reserve, which leaves its cast and crew stranded in the remote Canadian wilderness. Interaction between the external characters serves to introduce them as individuals, as well as the roles they portray with exception of its new leading actor.

This segues to the first of my three favorite scenes in which Production Unit Manager D’Arcy (Wheeler) reveals the identity of their replacement to Director Quincy (Finochio). Diane then assembles the cast and crew to inform them of the change while Quincy expresses his dismay by kicking a bucket across the set and repeatedly stabbing a painting with a meat fork. Diane tries to maintain calm.

Enter Rick (Sorbo) stumbling drunkenly from a van amid a barrage of assorted beer cans and bottles and staggering to the van’s front. He suddenly realizes that he’s faced with his expectant coworkers, waves politely, and promptly vomits on the vehicle’s hood to everyone’s horror. Despite Sorbo’s highly comedic entrance complete with dislodging a can wrapped around his shoe, Finochio commands the scene that culminates with him declaring, “This is the worst day of the rest of my life!”

As the program progresses, viewers are treated to Rick passing out, Diane trying to hold everything together, Quincy’s seething anger since Rick is his estranged father, Rick’s womanizing that includes an unscripted kiss with a costar while filming and a prospective “casting couch” with two buxom beauties (my second favorite scene), backstabbing, backhanded compliments, butt-kissing, sarcasm, the hooded reclusive scriptwriter, and the SE getting unceremoniously thrown off the Hollywood lot (my third favorite scene), which prompts the intern to move “Wolf Canyon” to the “renewed” file. All-in-all, the makings of a great show!

Clearly the excellent script written by Tim Stubinski and Michael Markus takes the male point of view with sexist humor, bikini-clad babes with ample breasts, and slutty women. Whereas there is nothing wrong with such bits, women, believe it or not, want equal time with equally rude comments and sleazy men, the good kind of sleaze…

The set is entirely believable as a film set constantly buzzing with activity. Cameras, sound equipment, dollies, and other film accoutrements litter the background making viewers feel as if they are on set with the actors. Costumes are appropriately casual and stereotypical where necessary to accentuate the characters’ personalities.

Unfortunately, some of the dialogue is lost due to actors speaking too quickly and at times almost inaudible sound. This creates some confusion that is exacerbated by bouts of choppy editing, presumably for commercial breaks. Certainly, since a pilot is the launch vehicle for character and premise, continuity remains difficult to establish with just one episode.

One of a pilot’s intent is to leave the viewers wanting more, which “Wolf Canyon” definitely does. I wish to see more adult humor, but understand that the show at present is made for family television. Too bad… this show is ripe for innuendo and adult themes and definitely requires an R rating. “Dumbing down” for family viewing regrettably loses its bold essence.  

I truly believe the Really Real Films’ production team of Cynde and Allan Harmon has laid the groundwork for a smash hit! I want to see more…

(Photos by Robert Musnicki courtesy of Really Real Films)

  1. February 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Oh I´d love if this pilot could come down to Brazil as well… let´s wait for it!
    Thank you, darling, can hardly wait to see Kevin´s character Rick!

  2. February 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Awesome show, awesome review 🙂

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