‘A League of Their Own’ TV series: Everything we know
Amazon Studios has big plans to hit it out of the park with a TV series based on Penny Marshall’s iconic 1992 tearjerker, A League of Their Own. Said to be a modern re-envisioning of the classic film, the series will introduce us to some new Rockford peaches as they pursue their dreams and crush some glass ceilings along the way.
In 2012, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry for its portrayal of women’s choices and solidarity during World War II that was both funny and feminist.
Needless to say, there are some pretty big shoes to fill with this project, but we’ve got high hopes for the promising series. Here’s everything we know so far.
What will ‘A League of Their Own’ show be about?
We’re thrilled to know that the series will be set in the same World War II era when the boys being deployed overseas threatened to shut down Major League Baseball- until the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League stepped up to the plate. The film — which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year — followed two sisters, Dottie and Kit, as they were recruited to join the AAGPBL and wound up playing for the Rockford Peaches (before a trade that would see them face off in the World Series).
Tom Hanks played manager Jimmy Dugan, a character inspired by former big leaguers Jimmie Foxx and Hack Wilson. The cast also famously included Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Megan Cavanagh, and David Strathairn, 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.
Here’s the official logline for the series: “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 the 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.”
Who is cast in the show?
The series will be starring Chanté Adams (Bad Hair) and Roberta Colindrez (Vida) as series regulars, joining previously announced Kelly McCormack (Killjoys) and Priscilla Delgado (Julieta).
Also confirmed are Gbemisola Ikumelo (Famalam) and The Good Place alum D’Arcy Carden, who were previously reported to be nearing deals, along with writer-executive producer Abbi Jacobson. Florida Girls‘ Melanie Field is set to recur.
Amazon won’t be the first major studio to take a crack at a television adaptation. A Sony-produced sitcom version starring Sam McMurray and Carey Lowell premiered on CBS in 1993, but managed to last only five episodes. Let’s hope that this attempt isn’t doomed to the same fate!