And now, a preview of thirty years ago.
Look, we get it when people say that Hollywood constantly regurgitating its own past ideas and properties is evidence that there are no new ideas left or that mainstream entertainment is creatively bankrupt. We get it, but we don’t always agree with it. For us, the idea of a series about the famed All-American Girls Professional Baseball League is a fantastic idea, regardless of whether it’s attached to the only other notable onscreen depiction of the league, the much-loved classic A League of Their Own, directed by Penny Marshall and starring Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks. Sure, they could have taken this series as far away from Marshall’s film as possible and still had a viable show, but it looks to us like they might have threaded the needle on this one particularly well. This isn’t an adaptation of the film and the main cast appear to be all-new characters. What makes this stand out a bit is that the series is willing to take a beloved film and use it as a launching point to highlight the stories of Black and queer women in sports, something Marshall’s film largely avoided or only referred to in passing. There’s a lot of story possibilities there and we’re really liking how this looks so far.
The cast look great, the costumes are on point, and we’re looking forward to watching the stories of women whose stories don’t often got told in TV series.
A League of Their Own evokes the joyful spirit of Penny Marshall’s beloved classic, while widening the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball. The show takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the league and outside of it.
With Abbi Jacobson as Carson, Chanté Adams as Max, D’Arcy Carden as Greta, Gbemisola Ikumelo as Clance, Roberta Colindrez as Lupe, Nick Offerman as Dove, Saidah Arrika Ekulona as Toni, Kate Berlant as Shirley, Kendall Johnson as Gary, Kelly McCormack as Jess, Alex Désert as Edgar, Priscilla Delgado as Esti, Aaron Jennings as Guy, Molly Ephraim as Maybelle, Melanie Field as Jo, Dale Dickey as Beverly.
A League of Their Own is from Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television in association with Field Trip Productions. The series is co-created and executive produced by Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson. Field Trip’s Hailey Wierengo and Desta Tedros Reff also serve as executive producers. Jamie Babbit directed the pilot and also serves as executive producer. Based on the motion picture Screenplay by Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel. Based on a Story by Kim Wilson & Kelly Candaele.
All eight episodes of the anticipated series premiere August 12 on Prime Video.
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