I love this time of year and not just because it’s the start of fall sports… although that’s got me pretty excited too.
September marks the beginning of the new TV season and just like you, I’m anxiously awaiting the return of some of my favorite shows (#Scandal #TheBlacklist #TheFlash). I’m also looking forward to checking out some of the new ones. This season there is one, in particular, I’m eager to see; It’s called Pitch.
Produced in association with Major League Baseball, Pitch premieres on Fox Thursday, September 22nd at 10:00pm ET. It stars Kylie Bunbury (“Under The Dome”) as a young pitcher who defies the odds and becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues. Also starring are Mark-Paul Gosselaar (“Franklin & Bash”), Ali Larter (“Heroes”), Mo McRae (“Sons of Anarchy”), Mark Consuelos (“All My Children”) and Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years”).
Pitch is filmed in San Diego, California and is connected to the San Diego Padres, the team featured in the series. With MLB’s association, Pitch has access to the league’s uniforms, players and stadiums. The Padres’ Petco Park is home for much of the filming effectively making the stadium a character in and of itself. Co-creators Kevin Falls and Dan Fogelman never considered using a generic baseball team.
“You can’t recreate the scale and if it was a generic stadium, the San Diego Palm Trees or San Diego Surfboards or something it would take you out of it quickly and the show would die a quick death. Now we get Petco and we get the Padres uniforms. It’s fantastic.” ~ Dan Fogelman
However, baseball is getting something out of this too… even if the show fails. Padres managing partner Peter Seidler explains,
“It’s a chance for us to do a lot of really cool things — showcase Petco Park and do a show that’s going to resonate with young women and families. It’s designed to expand baseball’s demographics not just for the meat-and-potatoes baseball audiences. So this is right up our alley.”
For me, it all comes down to Bunbury’s believability as a woman in the big leagues. Bunbury understands the challenge and the importance of her “breaking the barrier” role. She talks about her excitement over the opportunity to empower young girls.
“Just because something hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean it can’t be done. I think it’s going to give them strength and it’s really inspiring to see a woman and also I’m a woman of color as well. This is the type of television that needs to be out.” ~ Kylie Bunbury
I LIKE IT!!! I’ll be watching to see how Bunbury’s, Ginny Baker struggles to be accepted in this male-dominated world of baseball. What about you? Will you be watching? #GameChanger