A League of Their Own is a half-hour comedy infusing the warmth, humor and DNA of the classic film, while taking a contemporary spin on the stories of the women surrounding the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The show will begin with the formation of the league in 1943 and follows the Rockford Peaches season to season as they struggle to keep the team alive through close games, injuries, late night bar crawls, sexual awakenings, not crying and road trips across a rapidly changing United States. The series dives deeper into the issues facing the country while following a ragtag team of women figuring themselves out while fighting to realize their dreams of playing professional baseball.
The 'Good Place' actress and the 'Broad City' star will play leads in the comedy based on the 1992 baseball movie.
Amazon's pilot based on A League of Their Ownis starting to fill out its lineup card.
The Good Place actress D'Arcy Carden is in talks to star in the pilot opposite Broad City's Abbi Jacobson, who is also writing and executive producing. The half-hour comedy is based on the beloved 1992 movie about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Penny Marshall directed the film, which starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Lori Petty.
Will Graham Mozart in the Jungle will write and exec produce with Jacobson. Hailey Wierengo, head of Graham's Amazon-based Field Trip Productions, is also an exec producer.
Amazon's take on the story is a modern look at the league and will not feature sisters Dottie Hinson and Kit Keller, played by Davis and Petty, respectively, in the film.
The logline for the series, which Amazon put into development in 2018, reads as follows: " A League of Their Ownis a half-hour comedy infusing the warmth, humor and DNA of the classic film, while taking a contemporary spin on the stories of the women surrounding the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The show will begin with the formation of the league in 1943 and follows the Rockford Peaches season to season as they struggle to keep the team alive through close games, injuries, late night bar crawls, sexual awakenings, not cryingand road trips across a rapidly changing United States. The series dives deeper into the issues facing the country while following a ragtag team of women figuring themselves out while fighting to realize their dreams of playing professional baseball."
Sony Pictures TV is producing the series based on the film released by Sony's Columbia Pictures. The movie followed sisters Dottie and Kit as they were recruited to join theAAGPBLand wound up playing for the Rockford Peaches before a trade that would see them face off in the World Series. Hanks played manager JimmyDugan, a character inspired by former big leaguers Jimmie Foxx and Hack Wilson. The cast also included Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, MeganCavanagh and DavidStrathairn, who played Ira Lowenstein, the league's GM who kept it going after owner Walter Harvey Garry Marshall wanted to shut it down after the war. Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel wrote the screenplay from a story by Kelly Candaele and Kim Wilson.
Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Graham and Jacobson reached out to Penny Marshall who died in December 2018 and Davis to get their blessing before proceeding with their take. The Amazon show is the second attempt at a series based on the film; a 1993 CBS sitcom lasted just three episodes before being pulled five of six produced episodes eventually aired.
We’re in for a crazy, jaw-dropping cameo on this final Good Place season! But we don’t know who it is yet USA is making a show about the guys who created Doom. Claws renewed for fourth and final season. Dear White People renewed for fourth and final season, too. Get your first look at Primal. Snowpiercer TV show, which left TNT for TBS, goes back to TNT again. Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren are teaming for a TV project.
The Good Place is currently in the midst of airing its final season, which is sad. But at least it’s going out on its own terms. Not only that, but this final season is also going to feature an amazing cameo! Just don’t ask us who it is. While appearing on The Tonight Show, cast-member Jameela Jamil revealed that the final episode of the show will have “the cameo of all cameos.” Who will it be? It could be you! It probably isn’t, though.
Doom, the video game that panicked mothers everywhere, is getting an origin story. USA Network is making a pilot called Masters of Doom, and they’ve locked down the cast and director. Eduardo Franco, Patrick Gibson, John Karna, Jane Ackermann, Siobhan Williams, and Peter Friedman will appear in the show, with Rhys Thomas directing. Per Coming Soon, the show, based on the David Kushner nonfiction book of the same name, “is a story based on real events of two computer geniuses in an obscure corner of America who, along with a group of rebellious misfits, created one of the biggest franchise hits of the 90s, the video game Doom. John Carmack and John Romero were best friends who became bitter rivals, as they created a video game empire and transformed pop culture forever.” So it’s kind of like The Social Network, but with Doom.
Claws, which is a series about manicurists and not the popular adult beverage White Claw, has been renewed for a fourth and final season. “For the past three seasons, Claws has handled delicate and culturally relevant themes like race, class, gender, age and sexual orientation with grace and humor via superb storytelling,” said Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS and truTV via The Wrap. “Fans cherish the over-the-top Clawsian moments that have defined its run, and we will do them justice as we wrap up the tale of Desna and her crew.” Season 3 ended in August, and a date for the final season has not been set yet.
Speaking of shows that are ending with their fourth season, Netflix has renewed Dear White People for season 4, which will be its last. This last season will consist of ten all-new episodes, with creator Justin Simien returning as co-showrunner, writer and executive producer, alongside co-showrunner and executive producer Yvette Lee Bowser. “I’m so grateful my little indie-that-could has made it to four seasons at Netflix!” said Simien. “This show, along with the many talented storytellers it has brought into my orbit, has changed my life and I can’t wait to create a celebratory final volume befitting such a transformative experience.”
Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface, Dear White People is a send-up of the now post “post-racial” America that weaves together a universal story of finding one’s own identity and forging a wholly unique path. The satirical series - which picked up where the acclaimed 2014 film by the same name left off – follows a group of Winchester University’s students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness or lack thereof and activism in the millennial age. Through an absurdist lens, Dear White People utilizes biting irony, self-deprecation and sometimes brutal honesty to hold up a mirror to the issues plaguing society today, all the while leading with laughter.
Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator behind Dexter’s Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack, is back with Primal, and you can see a new look at the series above. The show “features a caveman at the dawn of evolution. A dinosaur on the brink of extinction. Bonded by tragedy, this unlikely friendship becomes the only hope of survival in a violent, primordial world.” “Everything we’ve done in this series, we always wanted to relate it back to the title, Primal,” Tartakovsky said. “So it’s raw, it’s savage, it’s brutal.” Primal debuts October 7 on Adult Swim.
Just what the hell is up with the Snowpiercer TV show? TNT first ordered a pilot for the series back in 2016, and since then, things have been in a constant state of upheaval. Behind-the-scenes drama and creative differences kept the show from ever fully getting on track. But in May of this year it was revealed the show was ready, and was going to move from TNT to TBS. Now, however, it’s moving back to TNT. “We’ve had the unique opportunity to more thoroughly test and explore where this show will best perform. While we are still adding dramas to TBS after further research and consideration we’ve decided to keep Snowpiercer on TNT,” network president Kevin Reilly said via TV Line. “Now that we’ve seen this incredible post-apocalyptic sci-fi series in its entirety, and better understand the audience this show will appeal to, we’re confident it will perform strongest on TNT.” Sure! Whatever you say! Snowpiercer will premiere in Spring 2020. Maybe.
Sylvester Stallone and Dolph Lundgren, who once sparred in Rocky IV and reunited for Creed II, are teaming up again. This time for a TV series. Per The Wrap, Stallone will produce and Lundgren will star in the CBS series The International. Lundgren will star as “Anders Soto, who is described as part negotiator, part international spy. He is a one-man covert black-ops team working for the U.N., called in to find asymmetrical solutions to the world’s most delicate and complex problems.” Stallone is also set to direct the pilot episode.
On the October 2, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to discuss what they’ve been up to at the Water Cooler.
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At The Water Cooler:
What we’ve been Doing: Jacob wants to give a shout-out to the readers and listeners who said hi at Fantastic Fest. Brad wrecked his car, which is not cool. What we’ve been Reading: Peter has been reading Bob Iger’s book A Ride Of A Lifetime. Jacob read Horrorstor by Grady Hendrix. What we’ve been Watching: Jacob, Hoai-Tran, Chris, and Brad watched the season premiere of The Good Place. Hoai-Tran and Chris watched The Irishman. Chris and Jacob watched Hell House LLC 3. Peter has been watching Years and Years on HBO and has been binge watching a YouTube channel called Potato Jet. Chris watched Spider-Man: Far From Home. Jacob watched the season finale of Battlebots, Hatchet, Hatchet II, and the first episode of Creepshow. Brad watched the available episodes of the new season of Great British Baking Show, has been watching Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik, rewatched Cabin in the Woods, Hoai-Tran saw Ad Astra, Lucy in the Sky, The Lighthouse, Inside Llewyn Davis, saw First Cow and Varda by Agnes at NYFF and has revisited an old favorite anime Inuyasha. What we’ve been Eating: Jacob and Chris enjoyed some Gourdoughs. Brad tried Apple Cider cookies from 7-11 and Arby’s S’mores Shake, and Cheez-It Pizza from Pizza Hut. Is enraged to learn that the VooDew Mountain Dew flavor was Candy Corn. What we’ve been Playing: Jacob has been playing Untitled Goose Game.
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Watching “The Good Place” is an oft-overwhelming experience. Whether it’s trying to guess what swearwords match up with “cork blork,” or identifying the casual burn tossed at an overinflated celebrity, or simply absorbing the love, trust, and goodwill baked into the core cast, Michael Schur’s NBC comedy has become an addictive rush and a mind-boggling comedy machine all in one. Season 4 keeps the twists coming and jokes flying, patching over some foundation blocks in the first couple of episodes before coming together for what looks like one last crazy adventure to hell– er, to The Bad Place and back.
At the end of last season, the merry gang of bad people who got good — Eleanor Kristen Bell, Chidi William Jackson Harper, Tahani Jameela Jamil, and Jason Manny Jacinto — had found a flaw in the point system that decided who went to The Good Place and who went to The Bad Place. Over the last 500 years, no one who died scored high enough to get into The Good Place. So Michael Ted Danson struck a deal with the Neutral Zone’s Judge Gen Maya “Give her an Emmy already, my God” Rudolph and the Bad Place’s Shawn Marc Evan Jackson to greenlight a new experiment to determine, once and for all, if humans can actually improve themselves.
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Sound familiar? It should. The new experiment is very much like the original experiment, only with opposite intentions. Instead of Michael’s fake Good Place being used as a secret torture chamber for Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason, it’s being used as a setting for the reformed demon to run experiments on four new test subjects, chosen by Shawn. Considering Michael and the gang want the same result — for the four test subjects to improve themselves and figure out the experiment — many of Michael’s original tricks are reimplemented on these new characters.
Trial and error has long been a reusable construct in “The Good Place,” as Season 2’s string of reboots and Season 3’s resurrection of old patterns proved. The cast is charming enough, the dialogue sharp enough, and the production design lovely enough for viewers to enjoy seeing the same cycles, slightly altered — which is good, because they’re also required to move the plot forward. With his latest NBC endeavor, Schur created a compelling twist on traditional sitcoms: Yes, he’s still plopping his core cast into different situations each week, but those situations add up and move the plot. There’s consequence to the repetition itself. Many famous broadcast ensemble comedies pick and choose what events their characters remember from week to week with big things like births, deaths, marriages, and break-ups being understood to always count, but “The Good Place” builds and builds, using it all as he flies forward.
Manny Jacinto, Ted Danson, and Jameela Jamil in “The Good Place”
That being said, the first three episodes of Season 4 are a touch wearying. As the writing team scrambles to set up a new mission out of old parts, once again showing how an individual’s free will can muck up the best laid plans of gods and demons, the episodic structure gets a little shaky, the focus goes a tad adrift, and the engine driving us toward an end — this is the final season — is a bit slow to turn over.
Part of it is a classic sitcom problem: adding new cast members. Bringing in people to a group this talented, with this much chemistry is always a risk; it’s hard for anyone to live up to their standard, especially after spending four seasons with the forkers. So even when the new people are good, their stories functional, there’s a feeling that we’re looking the wrong way — Schur is dangling a shiny object in his left hand while steering the car with his right.
Once he lets us focus on the road, things improve. The right people take center stage, and there’s a rhythm to the fourth episode that brings back all the mushy feelings of “The Good Place” at its peak. There’s always been a lot to admire here: The world building in Season 1 was savvy and exciting. The ambitious twist that set up Season 2 is one for the ages. The earnestness with which the series explores ethics and morality has become its own charming form — you want to learn more, so long as Chidi is teaching the class.
But Schur has clearly made the right choice to end “The Good Place” now. As much as you hate to say goodbye to a cohesive cast at their creative peak, not to mention a writing staff who can make literally anything shockingly fun remember what I just said about ethics lessons?, it would be worse if a show running this fast ran out of road. Fifty-three episodes is a lot of serialized television, and for as well as the sitcom elements of “The Good Place” can help smooth out the trickier plot turns, you don’t want to see such a significant series become inconsequential. There’s been a lot of valuable signposts along the way, as each character imparts a bit of learned wisdom from their perilous, hilarious adventure. But there’s at least one big road sign left. Schur wants to take us somewhere meaningful, and by now, you just know he’s going to leave us some place good.
“The Good Place” Season 4 premieres Thursday, September 26 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.