There are only a few show cancellations that upset me like Fox's sad fall pitch. (Okay, more than a few, I have a great passion for television.) The baseball drama – now on Hulu – had everything you could want in a series about the first player in Major League Baseball: Dan Fogelman behind the scenes Kylie Bunbury leads an all-star cast that includes Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who rocks the sexiest beard to grace TV and the real, truly blue potential. A series with a black female lead that explores the world of sport and how it deals with sexism, ageism, racism and even mental health? We call that a damn jackpot, folks!
At this point, you're probably wondering how a series that sounds so good on paper will be canceled after its first season. Despite general recognition from fans and experts alike, pitch suffered from a frustrating lack of advertising from his network and low ratings. Even worse, the series had to compete with the rating juggernaut, which was its sister series Fogelman’s This is us on NBC. Although both dramas deal with some of the same themes, it can be rightly said that apart from Fogelman's participation, these are two very different shows.
While This is us focuses on the journey of a single family and is based on secrets and surprises that lurk in every season. pitch knocked out his big surprise in the first episode and spent the rest of the season refining the world of Ginny Baker (Bunbury) and the San Diego Padres. pitch went all-in on the jump and thoroughly investigated how a young woman like Ginny would deal with being part of a male-dominated sport, how the world would react to her, and how this affected her mentality.
"I'm a robot with studs," she said in the pilot episode during her first game. "And I'm malfunctioning." As if it wasn't a whole mood, three years later.
One of the many things that pitch The casting choice was really right. Bunbury and Gosselaar played alongside familiar faces like Mark Consuelos, Ali Larter, Mo McRae, Meagan Holder, Dan Lauria and Tim Jo, and I really think all of these people got together because they like baseball. It's not only (still!) One of the most diverse casts on TV, but they all played their part so well that I wanted to see more of them together. I'm very, very far from being a baseball fan, but I've googled how trades work just so I can understand the tension around Gosselaar and McRae in the second half of the season!
"But what really does pitch What is special is the way it approaches the female empowerment narrative. "
And don't even let me start with the instant chemistry between Bunbury and Gosselaars Ginny and Mike Lawson. The latter is the experienced catcher and captain of the Padres and happens to be a bit older than the 23-year-old new star player. Yes, their witty jokes are enough to turn everyone's heads, but it's the weak energy that you feel in the more intimate moments that really makes their connection shine. Mike and Ginny are two people who should start their best lives and do what they love at the beginning of their lives, but their feelings of isolation make it difficult for them to connect with many people. They find consolation in one another that many people cannot. (Yes, I'm still in my feelings about her nightly phone calls!)
But what does it really do? pitch What is special about it is that it approaches the female empowerment narrative even after it was originally broadcast and television has since welcomed more stories that focus on unique black experiences. Ginny is the lonely woman in a male-dominated room that she doesn't want there. But Ginny, the first black baseball player in MLB history, refuses to be underestimated by people. She has her lows – especially when the stress of her situation overwhelms her and confirms to everyone around her that she would benefit from a therapist – but she tries to make everyone proud of her. The show enables her to be vulnerable and explores the strength of being open and asking for help. She stays cool with the grace of a woman twice her age and handles the physical rigor of the game with the same intent as her peers – which is why neither of them can say Jack Sh * t when her screwball hits her her ass leaves on the field.
The series was so popular with fans that when rumors of social media rejection surfaced, people created campaigns to renew the show and when it was canceled to revive it. They created the hashtags #KeepHerInTheGame, #PickUpPitch and #RevivePitch to bring fans to social media and save their show. They even had a plane fly a banner to get Hulu to pick up the series! And although similar tactics have worked for shows since then – One day after the other, Lucifer, and Sense8To name a few – it didn't work with the beloved baseball drama. But that did not suppress the passion of the fans! To this day, fans are demanding revival, and Fogelman is right next to them. There was currently hope for a revival when 20th Century Fox TV worked to ensure Fogelman renewed their contract with them, but the deal failed after the director had already put together the core cast and started preparing ideas for season two.
Now you're probably wondering, "Is it about watching the Hulu show or starting a new campaign to revive the show?" Dear reader, why can't it be both?
Seriously though, you won't regret taking the time to give pitch a thorough observation. It has everything you could want in a sports drama, especially if you're a fan of shows like Friday night lights with all your heart and just enough jargon to make you feel part of the game. And when you're done with the season, tell your friends to do the same. Maybe we can make enough noise to get this "Bawson" banter back on our screens where it belongs.
This made me very warm and blurry inside (also a little nostalgic). Hoping that a new audience will continue to bring this series to @hulu! #Pitch https://t.co/A3AGr4z6dA
– Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman), June 29, 2020
pitch The first season can currently be streamed on Hulu.