CBS looking for a strike with a sitcom based on the life of the Saginaw Man
CBS is hoping for a strike with its latest sitcom How do we ride this week, and they have a Saginaw man’s life to thank for the inspiration.
The network said today that How do we ride, formerly known as Little wood tells the story of the life of Tom Smallwood of Saginaw. Smallwood was living a typical life in Michigan when he fell on hard times after being laid off from his job at the GM Pontiac East assembly plant. An avid bowler for years, Smallwood decided to put his time to work and shoot to become a professional bowler on the circuit.
CBS breaks down the new show’s plot as follows;
“HOW WE ROLL, based on the life of professional bowler Tom Smallwood, stars Pete Holmes as Tom, a stoic Midwestern husband and father who is laid off from a car assembly line and makes the extraordinary decision to support his family by pursuing his dream of becoming a professional bowler.As an experienced bowler, Tom knows that in bowling you get two chances, no matter what you do with the first ball, you get another to get it right, the ultimate second chance. With this in mind, Tom begins his new career with the loving consent of his wife, Jen, the unwavering support of Archie, his mentor and the proud owner of Archie’s Lanes: Home of the Curly Fry, the careful support of his protective mother, Helen, and the encouragement of his son, Sam. Whether Tom will hit it big on the Pro Bowler circuit remains to be seen, but right now the pins are set , he fires his second shot and it’s 300 or bust!”
Smallwood, who won the PBA Tour in 2009, was actually approached by Hollywood about 10 years ago to tell his story. He told Mlive that there was talk of a movie and even a book, but nothing was developed. Flash forward a little over 10 years, and the story will now be told in comic form.
How We Roll airs on your local CBS station at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31. It will also air on Paramount+ live and on demand.