While numerous shows have used popular sports like football as a backdrop for comedy and drama, such as the CW’s “All-American” and HBO’s “Ballers,” this new show will focus on a relatively unusual and underrepresented activity on television: professional bowling. The show will be inspired by one of the sport’s most compelling true stories, which will add to the intrigue.
When will How We Roll be available?
The pilot episode of “How We Roll” has yet to receive a set airdate from CBS. According to Deadline, the show will premiere in the midseason as part of CBS’s 2021-2022 schedule, which means it would most likely premiere between January and May 2022, with other CBS shows such as the new hit spin-off “NCIS: Hawai’i.”
Who makes up the How We Roll cast?
The main character, Tom Smallwood, will be played by comedian Pete Holmes, who is most known for his performance in the hidden gem dramedy series “Crashing.”
Smallwood’s wife, Jen, will be played by Katie Lowes (“Ralph Breaks the Internet,” “Zootopia”), while his bowling guru, Archie, will be played by Chi McBride (“Hawaii Five-0,” “I, Robot”).
Julie White (“Big Mouth,” “Transformers”) has also been confirmed as a series regular, playing Smallwood’s widowed mother Helen, a character that Deadline characterises as “stuck in time.”
However, viewers should not expect to see her in the pilot, as the character was replaced by an unknown guest actress for that episode only. Judy Kain (“The Odd Couple”), Dominic Pace (“The Mandalorian”), and Frank Gallegos (“Logan”) will all feature in at least one episode, according to the show’s IMDb profile.
What’s the story behind How We Roll?
After losing his job as an assembly line worker, Tom Smallwood, a professional bowler from Michigan, chose to pursue bowling as a vocation to support his family. Smallwood’s journey will be chronicled in the series, which will begin when he is just beginning out on this new chapter of his life and will likely continue through his climb up the rankings and metamorphosis into a modern-day professional bowling legend.
“How We Roll” is described as “a narrative of the ultimate second chance” by CBS in its promotional description of the series.
It’s unclear how faithful “How We Roll” will be to the true story of Tom Smallwood’s bowling career, as well as the nature of his personal life and relationships, because films and television shows are notorious for taking liberties with true stories. However, based on the show’s initial description, it’s safe to assume that it will at least track the important events in Smallwood’s life.
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