5:21pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Pitch' Canceled After One Season at Fox
Fox has pulled Pitch out of the game.
The network has canceled the baseball drama after one season, co-star Dan Lauria and showrunner Kevin Falls wrote Monday.
"Pitch is officially no more. Fox, in their infinite, but not so wise wisdom, has decided to cancel Pitch," Lauria wrote. "I knew the longer they took the less chance we had but I did have renewed hope when Thursday Night Football had been canceled. We would have done better without even having a new time slot. Excuse me, I'm being logical. Pitch, was a great experience, Kevin Falls, [co-creator] Rick Singer and of course Dan Fogelman put together one of the best writing staffs I ever worked with. Our cast was the most professional I ever worked with, not a headache in the bunch. Our staff and crew, the best. I wish everyone a continued great career. Love each and everyone of those involved with Pitch."
Added Falls: "I'm sorry to tell you that @PITCHonFOX will not be getting a second season. #Pitch"
Produced in partnership with Major League Baseball in a first-of-its-kind deal, the baseball drama was called up after ABC benched Scandal to accommodate star Kerry Washington's pregnancy. Despite strong reviews, the heavy fall competition did not bode well for the Dan Fogelman-produced drama, which had to compete with Thursday Night Football on CBS. The series was MLB's first scripted offering.
By the time Fox hit pause on its fall schedule for the World Series, Pitch was fading and the network opted to market Lethal Weapon during the historic seven-game Fall Classic. Working in its favor was the fact that stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Kylie Bunbury sat out of pilot season in a strong showing of their commitment to the series about the first woman to break MLB's gender barrier. Fogelman, who created NBC's breakout drama This Is Us, has become a key producer for studio 20th Century Fox Television and had been vocal about wanting a second season of Pitch. Sources say producers wanted another short order — only this time to run midseason. Such will not be the case.
Star Bunbury, meanwhile, shared her thoughts on the cancellation with a heartfelt Instagram post accompanying a photo of her in the outfield at San Diego's Petco Park — one of the real big-league parks where Pitch filed. "Ginny Baker has profoundly changed my life and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role that resonated with so many people," she wrote with a nod to her character. "I wasn't ready to let go of Ginny, but more than anything I wasn't ready to let go of my Pitch family- the cast, crew, creators and writers, thank you for the magic."