A League of Their Own TV Series: Plot, Cast, and Everything Else We Know

Posted 2022/05/22 3 0

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Get ready, baseball fans, A League of Their Own will soon be back on our screens. Based on the 1992 film directed by Penny Marshall, the upcoming Amazon Prime Video TV series from Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham will feature new characters and storylines.

The original film and TV series are based on the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, or AAGPBL, a women’s baseball league that existed from 1943 to 1954. The league was created in the midst of World War II to keep baseball going at home while a majority of men were fighting overseas. The league’s teams existed in the Midwest, spread throughout the states of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The 1992 film told a fictionalized account of the early days of the league’s founding and play.

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Now, three decades later, we will revisit the iconic sports league. With that in mind, let’s take a look at everything we know about A League of Their Own. We know the plot will differ from the movie, so what can we expect to see? Who has been lined up in the cast, and what characters will they play? When can we expect to see the series released on Amazon Prime Video?

Plot: What We Know

As mentioned, the TV series will follow different storylines and characters than the original film. However, it looks as though the show will keep the theme of presenting a semi-fictionalized account of the team. According to the official plot synopsis provided by The Hollywood Reporter, the series “follows brand-new characters and begins with the formation of the league in 1943 and follows the league and its players as they fight to keep it alive through close games, injuries, sexual awakenings and road trips across a rapidly changing U.S.”

From that description, we can gather that the series will focus primarily on the early days of the AAGPBL and will document its growth in the public eye. The real-life league received extensive publicity during its days, contributing to more than 900,000 fans attending during the peak 1948 season.

This is not the first time the film has been adapted for TV. In 1993, CBS produced a series that followed the same characters as the film, though they were all played by different actors. That show was not successful, and it was canceled after just two episodes had aired.

As of now, we can only base our expectations on that bare-bones plot outline. The series will likely attempt to remain faithful to both the film and real-life league while taking some creative license with the topic. All that fans can do now is wait until we have more information, which will likely come as we get closer to the eventual release date.

Cast: What We Know

The show will feature an entirely new cast, except for one returner from the film (but more on that later). Per that same synopsis from The Hollywood Reporter, series co-creator Abbi Jacobson will be starring in the lead role of Carson Shaw. Carson is described as a catcher from a tiny farm town who hops a train to Chicago to chase a dream that she didn’t know she had.

The Good Place’s D’Arcy Carden is playing Greta, the first basewoman who enjoys traveling the globe to seek new adventures. Chante Adams will star as Max, a pitcher who is clearly ready for the big leagues. All she needs to do is find her own path there. Max’s best friend and biggest supporter is budding artist Clance, played by Gbemisola Ikumelo. Shortstop Jess, played by Kelly McCormack, wishes the game would never end. Roberta Colindrez is set to star as Mita, a calm and collected pitcher from Texas who won’t reveal her secrets too easily.

The youngest and most enthusiastic peach, Izzy, comes straight from Havana and is played by Priscilla Delgado. Rounding out the main cast is Nick Offerman, portraying the team’s coach, Casey “Dove” Porter. A former pitcher for the Cubs, Dove is seeking his comeback after a blown-out arm killed his chances to play in the Major Leagues.

In addition to the above main cast members, the show will also feature a variety of recurring players. These include, among others, Nat Faxon, Kevin Dunn, Marquise Vilson, Marinda Anderson, Don Fanelli, Nancy Lenehan, Molly Ephraim, Kate Berlant, Patrick J. Adams, and many others who will appear in more minor roles.

Remember earlier, when one returner from the film was mentioned? Rosie O’Donnell, who previously portrayed Doris Murphy in the movie, will be back in the series in a recurring role. O’Donnell is not appearing as the same character, instead reportedly appearing as a bartender at a local gay bar.

Release Date: What We Know

A League of Their Own is reportedly set to drop sometime in 2022 on Amazon Prime Video, though no exact release date has been announced. The series was in production from July to October 2021, so it is reasonable to expect it to be ready for release before the end of the year.


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