10:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Pitch' Enlists 'Grandfathered' Grad Josh Peck
Fox's upcoming baseball drama Pitch is rounding out its team of supporting players.
The Kylie Bunbury starrer has enlisted Grandfathered grad Josh Peck and Once Upon a Time's Parker Croft for guest spots, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Pitch — produced in partnership with Major League Baseball — centers on Ginny Baker, a young female pitcher (Bunbury of Under the Dome) who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues.
Peck will play Ross O'Malley, an overeager and "neo-geeky" young techno nerd who works as an analyst on Oscar's (Mark Consuelos) team. A junior college grad, he's mistakenly summoned to help handle a crisis by Oscar. The casting marks a reunion for Peck with Pitch creator Dan Fogelman, who also exec produced Fox's Grandfathered.
Croft is set as Jordan, an old friend and high school teammate of Ginny's.
They'll both appear in the fifth episode of the Fogelman/Rick Singer/Kevin Falls drama that will air in October. They join fellow recent additions to Pitch including Wendie Malick, B.J. Britt and JoAnna Garcia Swisher. The series recently enlisted Christian Ochoa to take on a Yasiel Puig-like story of a Cuban player, and Kelly Jenrette (Grandfathered) as Rhonda, Oscar's assistant.
The cast also includes Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Larter, Consuelos, Mo McRae as well as fellow recurring players Bob Balaban as Frank Reid, the owner of the Padres; Chastity Dotson as Janet Baker, Ginny's mother; Ryan Dorsey as Tommy Miller, the pitcher Ginny replaced on the team's roster and her antagonist; Jack McGee as Buck, the team's pitching coach; and Michael Beach as Bill Baker, Ginny's father.
Pitch will premiere Thursday, Sept. 22, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.
Peck (Drake & Josh) is with UTA and Silver Lining Entertainment; Croft (Roadies) is with Abrams Artists Agency and Genesis Entertainment.