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Kevin Sorbo’s “What If…” airs on TV and new DVD release!

The Gospel Music Channel (gmc) presents the World Television Premiere of What If… on Sunday, January 30, at 7 p.m. ET, preceding its March 1, 2011, DVD release. The faith-based film, which originally played* in theaters nationwide to rave reviews, stars Kevin Sorbo, John Ratzenberger, Kristy Swanson, Debby Ryan, and newcomer, Taylor Groothuis. The movie encores at 9 and 11 p.m. ET that night.

Distributed by Pure Flix Entertainment and produced by Jenkins Entertainment, What If… is the combined effort of Scriptwriter/Executive Producer Jerry B. Jenkins, author of the Left Behind series and Riven, and his son, Director/Producer, Dallas, who directed the short films, Cliché and Midnight Clear. Together they created this wonderful, uplifting family feature that began shooting in mid-2009 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

What If… depicts the journey of highly-paid executive Ben Walker (Sorbo) as he travels into his past to discover a very different life, one that he forsook 15 years prior. He leaves behind his business career, trophy fiancée, and new Mercedes and replaces them with the simplicity of marriage and children, as well as fulfills his destiny.

“I loved the script, plain and simple,” Sorbo explained. “I liked the story, (and) the cast and crew all worked for virtually nothing. We got involved because of the story. It’s just wonderful! This is a movie that will touch people in many ways and give them a roller coaster of emotions that will leave them wanting more.”

Walker’s adventure begins with a joyride in his newly-purchased car that malfunctions, leaving him stranded. A mysterious time-beat later he finds himself miles away from his destination and just outside of the town he left 15 years earlier. A passing tow truck driver (Ratzenberger) offers to help, then confesses that he’s an angel sent from God to rectify Walker’s decision to leave the ministry and Wendy, the woman he loved (Swanson), to pursue his present situation.

Mike the Angel drops him into the middle of domestic chaos surrounded by Wendy and two young girls (Ryan, Groothuis) whom he soon discovers are his wife and daughters. Confused and reluctant to accept his familial role, Walker tries to convince them that he doesn’t belong there. When he finally acquiesces, they drag him to church where he is its new pastor. But, unbeknownst to him he must accept this reality in order to return to his old life, and thus, begins his journey of faith, family, and love.

“The performances are terrific; especially Kevin, who I think will surprise people with his performance,” stated Dallas Jenkins. “The film has a lot of heart and a great message about faith and family without being preachy. I’m also fairly certain you’ll laugh and cry!”

The pair hopes that the gmc airing will generate an avid audience, especially since What If…will no longer appear in theaters following its March, 2011, DVD launch. The television network also wants to promote the movie’s sales, as well as increase its own viewership.

Dallas Jenkins, Kevin Sorbo

“Hopefully, it will create stronger word-of-mouth publicity. The film has been out in the theaters since August and is still cruising along,” said Sorbo. “There is no big studio behind it pushing it with a big advertising campaign… just word-of-mouth. It’s pretty impressive, actually. Too bad it doesn’t have that studio push, since it would be a much bigger hit than it is right now. I am hoping that the T.V. premiere will make people want to get the video when it comes out this spring to share with other friends and family.

What If… is touching, funny, inspirational, sad and enlightening. Make your bowl of popcorn and let the problems of the world go away. Enjoy and be motivated to do something positive with your life!”

“Fans should buy What If… at amazon.com or Walmart, or it should be available at most outlets,” Jenkins added. “It will be available in Europe eventually, (but) I’m not sure when or where yet.”

The gmc network features music and inspirational stories for the whole family. It’s the only T.V. network with every program certified as “family safe” by the Parents Television Council.

Additional air dates (ET):

Monday, January 31, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, February 1, 11 p.m.
Friday, February 4, 8 and 10 p.m.
Sunday, February 6, 5 p.m.

*See this link for the current theater schedule: http://thewhatifmovie.com/theaters-3

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(Photos and video courtesy of Jenkins Entertainment)

  1. teresa
    January 16, 2011 at 3:52 am

    is a great movie, I can not wait to see it.
    santa suit, Flesh Wounds paradox and I liked a lot.

  2. Anne
    January 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    I don’t have access to GMC, as my cable system doesn’t offer it. I do plan on ordering the DVD as soon as possible.

    “What If… ” was terrific and Ben Walker, in my opinion, is one of Kevin’s best post-Andromeda roles (along with the Preacher in “Avenging Angel”).

  3. January 18, 2011 at 1:16 am

    Wasn’t expectibg this – great!!

  4. Rhonda
    January 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I don’t get GMC either,but I do plan to order the dvd ASAP. From the few clips I’ve seen(I never got the chance to see it at a theater)this ranks right up there with Kevin’s performance in Avenging Angel and that is saying something! Can’t wait to see it!

  5. mara
    January 20, 2011 at 6:36 am

    Can hardly wait, thank you for the great report, darling!

  6. Heather Miller
    January 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    This was an amazing movie. We watched this in Ludington Michigan Theater. Our family was partial to this movie due to some of the people in it were our friends. I think everyone will enjoy this movie and make you think about the “What if’s” in your life. It really make me think. I hope you all enjoy.

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