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Felicity Huffman Plots Acting Return in ABC Baseball Comedy

Felicity Huffman is set to make her return to acting following her sentence in the college admissions bribery scandal.

The former Desperate Housewives star is set to lead an untitled comedy set in the world of minor league baseball at ABC. The project from ABC Signature, Kapital Entertainment and writer Becky Hartman Edwards (The Bold Type, The Baker and the Beauty) is inspired by the life of Susan Savage, the owner of the Sacramento River Cats, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants…..

The ABC comedy, meanwhile, will also star Zack Gottsagen (The Peanut Butter Falcon). It centers on Huffman’s character, who inherits her husband’s beloved minor league baseball team after his sudden death. She navigates her new life with the help of her dysfunctional family, including her eldest son (Gottsagen), a baseball devotee with Down syndrome, her new work family and the Sacramento community.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2020 at 01:07 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. bfan Posted: November 30, 2020 at 02:35 PM (#5991639)
I understand her first act on the show is to create a sign-stealing scheme to better her team's performance. Her agent was not amused.
   2. Schtoopo Posted: November 30, 2020 at 06:17 PM (#5991711)
Given she's presumably replacement level, I don't understand why anyone would give her a shot.
   3. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: November 30, 2020 at 07:35 PM (#5991721)
Has there ever been a popular TV series about baseball? Off the top of my head, I can think of "Ball Four", "Bay City Blues", "Hardball", "Clubhouse" and "Pitch", none of which lasted long.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: November 30, 2020 at 08:11 PM (#5991733)

Has there ever been a popular TV series about baseball? Off the top of my head, I can think of "Ball Four", "Bay City Blues", "Hardball", "Clubhouse" and "Pitch", none of which lasted long.


Back in the Game and the Bad News Bears spinoff were among the Cup of Coffee shows.

I can't recall any on Network TV, though Eastbound and Down and Brockmire on the cable had decent runs.
   5. "bothsidesism" word 57i66135 Posted: November 30, 2020 at 08:28 PM (#5991737)
Given she's presumably replacement level, I don't understand why anyone would give her a shot.
she's been on ABC's primetime lineup for 25 years, which means they know she's reliable, competent and easy to work with.

and let's be clear about the crime she committed: her crime wasn't paying money to get her kid into their preferred college (which is a widely accepted practice in this country); her crime was paying the wrong person.
   6. SoSH U at work Posted: November 30, 2020 at 08:43 PM (#5991740)
she's been on ABC's primetime lineup for 25 years, which means they know she's reliable, competent and easy to work with.


She's a multiple Emmy winner and an Academy Award nominee. Lori Loughlin may be a replacement level actress, but Huffman is not.

Also working in her favor when it comes to the public, she quietly pleaded guilty.
   7. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: November 30, 2020 at 08:48 PM (#5991742)

Maybe her team will run a promotion where you can have your high school age child photographed playing baseball.
   8. puck Posted: November 30, 2020 at 09:04 PM (#5991746)
"Clubhouse"


I was trying to think of that Dean Cain one, it was this one. That was a lot longer ago than I would have thought.
   9. Shohei Brotani (formerly LA Hombre) Posted: November 30, 2020 at 09:08 PM (#5991747)
her crime wasn't paying money to get her kid into their preferred college (which is a widely accepted practice in this country); her crime was paying the wrong person.
That a very gentle way to spin it but, yeah, I don't feel she murdered anyone or anything like that.

Anyone who was on Sports Night gets the benefit of the doubt with me (on a television show, that is).
   10. "bothsidesism" word 57i66135 Posted: November 30, 2020 at 09:48 PM (#5991752)
She's a multiple Emmy winner and an Academy Award nominee. Lori Loughlin may be a replacement level actress, but Huffman is not.
i wasn't up to speed with all that, but yeah, sure.
That a very gentle way to spin it but, yeah, I don't feel she murdered anyone or anything like that.
the whole scheme was so utterly weird that everyone involved should have known to walk away from it.

   11. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2020 at 09:53 PM (#5991757)


Has there ever been a popular TV series about baseball? Off the top of my head, I can think of "Ball Four", "Bay City Blues", "Hardball", "Clubhouse" and "Pitch", none of which lasted long.,


Cheers and Who's the Boss were about former MLB players, and thus, were baseball shows.
   12. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: November 30, 2020 at 10:02 PM (#5991759)
Anyone who was on Sports Night gets the benefit of the doubt with me (on a television show, that is).


No joke, my favorite show ever. Well, either that or "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr."
   13. Jay Seaver Posted: November 30, 2020 at 10:21 PM (#5991763)
I can't recall any on Network TV, though Eastbound and Down and Brockmire on the cable had decent runs.


Amazon's got a League of Their Own series planned with D'Arcy Carden from The Good Place, which has potential.

I almost wonder if Amazon would do better off dropping theirs in the summer rather than following the usual schedule like the ABC one will likely try to do. A baseball show airing in the winter might feel weirdly out of sync with its audience
   14. Lance Posted: November 30, 2020 at 10:22 PM (#5991764)
No joke, my favorite show ever. Well, either that or "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr."


This, a million times!
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2020 at 11:05 PM (#5991771)
Homefront lasted six seasons and wasn't about baseball per se, but the main character, played by a young Kyle Chandler, played for the Cleveland Indians, and I seem to recall a few baseball scenes.

And then there's Seinfeld with Steinbrenner and Costanza.
   16. "bothsidesism" word 57i66135 Posted: November 30, 2020 at 11:11 PM (#5991772)
   17. Tom Goes to the Ballpark Posted: December 01, 2020 at 01:47 AM (#5991781)
The premise sounds a bit like a low rent version of Ted Lasso.
   18. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: December 01, 2020 at 04:59 AM (#5991783)
I would be all-in for a reverse Ted Lasso, where a confused British cricket coach has to try to manage the Rangers as part of an underhanded ploy to maximise draft position. Though not really that underhanded, I suppose. (The actual Ted Lasso show is a delight, particularly for an ex-Londoner with a high tolerance for implausible American found-family comedies.)
   19. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: December 01, 2020 at 08:22 AM (#5991788)
And then there's Seinfeld with Steinbrenner and Costanza.

And Keith Hernandez and the Bette Midler softball episode....

There was a show on TBS called “My Boys” a few years ago where the protagonist was a female sports reporter in Chicago. I assume there was some Cubs content?
   20. BrianBrianson Posted: December 01, 2020 at 09:02 AM (#5991791)
"Some content" is a pretty low bar. Cheers had a decent amount of baseball content, Deep Space 9 had baseball as a recurring theme (and Take Me Out to the Holodeck), but neither were shows about baseball.
   21. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 01, 2020 at 09:08 AM (#5991793)

There was a show on TBS called “My Boys” a few years ago where the protagonist was a female sports reporter in Chicago. I assume there was some Cubs content?


I remember her going to press conferences and interviewing Cubs players on occasion. I never watched a lot of Everybody Loves Raymond, but the ones I saw it was hard to discern he was a sportswriter, he never seemed to be out doing his job. Seemed like it would have been an easy way to squeeze in some cameos.
   22. winnipegwhip Posted: December 01, 2020 at 09:39 AM (#5991801)
There is the WKRP in Cincinnati episode when Sparky Anderson comes back to the Queen City to host a sports talk show. And there also is the episode of the softball game against WPIG.

Also The White Shadow ventured into baseball a couple of times. And they did have Sparky Anderson and Mickey Mantle make cameo appearances on episodes
   23. Zonk Can Sell Culture Posted: December 01, 2020 at 09:58 AM (#5991806)
I can't recall any on Network TV, though Eastbound and Down and Brockmire on the cable had decent runs.


The Baseball Bunch doesn't count?

IAC, though - big fan of both Eastbound and Brockmire. The former probably requires an appreciation of the comedic stylings of Danny McBride (which I have in ample supply) but the latter is good enough that you even forgive the Joe Buck appearance.
   24. CFBF's Results are Certified Posted: December 01, 2020 at 10:09 AM (#5991808)
Brockmire was both a shockingly great show (considering it started as a one-off College Humor sketch and somehow evolved into a show that was incredibly funny, incredibly filthy and rather remarkably emotionally affecting) and kind of an interesting example of a "baseball show." It's actual baseball scenes were laughably terrible, and they mostly phased those out after the first season or two. But it's a show that's very much steeped in baseball and the main character's passion for it -- there's a deathbed conversation at the end of the third season between Hank Azaria's Brockmire and a character played by JK Simmons that's a tearjerker on a plot and character level and also as eloquent a paean to the game as I've ever heard.

EDIT: And, of course, the final season is a science fiction-infused plot set decades in the future as Brockmire tries to fix baseball after the trends that infuriate so many people have grown to grotesque proportions.
   25. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: December 01, 2020 at 11:31 AM (#5991822)
What #24 said. Brockmire was awesome. Except maybe for the final season, which was like a totally different show with the same basic characters. Very odd.
   26. Ron J Posted: December 01, 2020 at 12:55 PM (#5991845)
#25 Check the writing credits. That often explains major changes in a show.

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