Hand me a hose, I’m the Pope!

April 29, 2009

Okay guys, for reasons that baffle me, the stupid network dropped our Police Pope! series. It’s a blow, but we’re back in the lineup this fall with something even better: Jacob’s Ladder!

The new premise is that the Pope used to be a fireman. He still misses the action, see, so the Italian firefighters call him in on really tough fires.

Look at these publicity stills. Putting on his helmet, racing to the action in his car, directing the other firemen on the scene. It’s a natural!

Roy, put together a trailer. The Pope sliding down his special Vatican fire pole, running out of a burning building carrying somebody over his shoulder, rough-housing with the squad’s Dalmatian.

And Roy, the trailer has to end with that scene from the pilot, where the fire chief says, “Your Holiness, this is the worst blaze ever!”

The Pope looks at the camera, winks, and says, “Not even close, chief!”

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Above: Pope Benedict XVI tries on a firefighter’s helmet during a visit to a Guardia di Finanza barracks in L’Aquila April 28, 2009. Pope Benedict comforted survivors of Italy’s earthquake. REUTERS/ Vigili del Fuoco/Handout

Left top: Pope Benedict XVI arrives in the destroyed village of Onna, near Aquila, April 28, 2009. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Left bottom: Pope Benedict XVI greets a fireman after visiting a church in the destroyed village of Onna, near Aquila, April 28, 2009. REUTERS/Max Rossi

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First picture: “You sure this won’t mess up my hair?”

Second picture: And this year’s Magnolia Festival grand Marshal, the Pope!

Third picture: “That was fun guys, but next time could you give me a jacket like you have? It was a little bit hot in there.”

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