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Kevin Sorbo’s Bobby Cannon sitcom by Barry Kemp should be on TV

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

BobbyCannon4In 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?BobbyCannon2

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.

BobbyCannon7In 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.

At that point a sportscaster on the bar television announces that the Bears have drafted a quarterback named Dallas. This can only mean one thing: Bobby’s days as a quarterback are numbered.BobbyCannon46

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.BobbyCannon28

He wants her to spend the night with him, but she quickly tells him he’s not her type.

The next morning, Bobby shows up at the bar with a strange new attitude after a jog – he will fight with everything he has to keep his job as the Bears starting qb.BobbyCannon39

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)

  1. rhondagemini
    March 5, 2014 at 10:34 am

    WOW! Thanks,Jan,for posting my review! I know many of our friends join us in hoping Kevin will be back starring in a tv series soon!

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