DREAMS CAN COME TRUE! HOLLYWOOD TO TELL THE TOM SMALLWOOD STORY, PILOT IN THE WORKS!
CBS Studios announced it plans to produce a multi-camera comedy show based on Smallwood’s inspirational life. The official description of the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is “a seemingly ordinary man who, after being laid off from the assembly line at the GM factory, makes the extraordinary decision to provide for his family by following his dream of becoming a pro bowler.” The show has not announced a debut or a title, but it will be led by some heavy hitters – the writer of Mike & Molly and Man with a Plan Mark Gross is joining forces with producers David Hollander (Ray Donovan) and Brian D'Arcy James (Hamilton).
Smallwood’s nearly two-decade-long career began in 2003-04 when he qualified for his PBA Tour Card and was still working a separate day job. He practiced for free at State Lanes in Saginaw, MI as he applied for jobs thanks to the generosity of the owners, and in 2009, he finished third in the PBA Tour Trials to gain an exemption for that season. From there, the rest is history: Smallwood has won three PBA titles and five Regional Tour titles in the past decade.
The show has only been committed to for a pilot, not a full season, as of now. This means that the long-term future of the show is based on how the pilot is received, so we encourage everyone to tune in and watch when it hits the air!