Fans of the original sports drama series Pitch on FOX are in for some disheartening news as the new show has been cancelled following the finale of its first season. Centering around the world of Major League Baseball, the show set out to follow the trials and tribulations of rookie pitcher Genevieve “Ginny” Baker (Kylie Bunbury), the first woman to play in the Major Leagues for the San Diego Padres.
Over the course of its ten-episode first season, Pitch was notable for its close cooperation with representatives from Major League Baseball, and went so far as to actually film in Petco Park in San Diego, California – with actual production taking place while the Padres were either away or in the off season. Co-created and pitched to the network by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer way back in 2015, the show received positive acclaim from critics overall, with many going so far as to cite it in comparison to the likes of Friday Night Lights – though none of those accolades appear to have made a dent in terms of the appeal of the series to general audiences.
Per an official Twitter posting from executive producer Kevin Falls of Left Coast Productions, Pitch has been officially cancelled by FOX, despite Falls’ reported reception of support from the show’s most devoted fan base. Undoubtedly a sad piece of news for anyone who enjoyed a capably handled sports drama, it doesn’t look like viewers will see “Ginny” Baker return to the mound at Petco Park anytime soon. Check out the original Twitter post below:
Seeing an original series like Pitch fall to the wayside in a scrum for attention on the small screen is definitely a sorry bit of business, but in a multi-media marketplace super-saturated with content online and off it should perhaps come as no big surprise that a series like it might fail. With plenty of other top notch productions taking place on adjacent networks and online, co-creators Fogleman and Singer’s inability to reach a significant audience with their baseball drama series can be seen as little more than a sign of a time wherein there is already too much original content for viewers to choose from.
Once declared as being America’s favorite past time, Pitch unfortunately didn’t quite reach into the hearts of its 21st century American audience in quite the same way that it might have only a couple of decades ago. Despite supporting an original premise that might have seemed designed to appeal to the socially conscious TV viewer, FOX sadly struck out at the plate.
Source: Kevin Falls