Pitch premiered back in fall 2016 as a baseball show starring Kylie Bunbury and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, telling the story of young pitcher Ginny Baker who becomes the first woman to play in the Major Leagues. The ten-episode first season won Pitch a loyal band of fans, but not enough fans for Fox to decide to renew the series, and it was axed in 2017. Now, against all odds, Pitch could get some extra innings in the form of a revival.
Yes, nearly two years after being officially cancelled, Pitch has a chance at returning to the small screen. In an era of television that has seen big-name showrunners jump ship from their networks for deals elsewhere, like Netflix, Disney's 20th Television is reportedly looking to keep This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman on board. THR reports that 20th TV is considering a revival of Pitch for Fogelman, who is the co-creator and an executive producer of Pitch. Considering Pitch never got that rumored farewell, fans must be thrilled at the news.
Maybe the cancellation was more of a rain delay than a forfeit after all! There are no details about when this revival could move forward or if it will officially move forward at all, but Mark-Paul Gosselaar has already weighed in via social media. Here's what he has to say via tweet about possibly reprising his role as catcher and San Diego Padres captain Mike Lawson:
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who revealed that he was afraid his new Fox show would face a similar fate to Pitch, is apparently on board with Pitch returning to the airwaves! It does make me wonder if he'd have to choose between Pitch and The Passage if The Passage scores a renewal, but hey, if Fox keeps both Pitch and The Passage running for only ten episodes or so, maybe he could have time for both!
Leading lady Kylie Bunbury hasn't shared her thoughts on the possible revival yet, but Dan Fogelman himself shared a cryptic tweet that seems to indicate talks are happening about more Pitch. Take a look:
Hey, who wouldn't love an office in the Padres' stadium in sunny San Diego? Dan Fogelman's tweet is hardly a confirmation that Ginny, Mike, and Co. are on the way back to television, but it's sure encouraging! Should the cast start getting back in baseball shape?
All of my reasons why Pitch needed to be renewed stand true for why Pitch needs to be revived, so I know my fingers are going to be crossed for the foreseeable future that the show returns to Fox. Hey, Gotham is ending, so maybe that frees up a spot in Fox's primetime lineup for Pitch!
For now, check out our midseason TV premiere schedule for some viewing options now and in the not-too-distant future.
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