A television series about the first female player in Major League Baseball?
Of course it premieres in 2016, the first year we have a credible chance of electing a female president. No coincidence there.
But when I watched the pilot episode on demand, I was pleasantly surprised.
First of all, the show is filled with supporting actors that I love seeing on TV. Bob Balaban (Best in Show). Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years). Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by The Bell…okay, Franklin & Bash). Mark Consuelos (Kelly Ripa’s husband).
And the star of Pitch, Kylie Bunbury, is up for the task. I like her. And I’m intrigued by her character’s story (and the pilot episode’s big twist).
I do worry, though, that the pilot was a bit too complete — how many stories are left to tell? I guess we’ll see if we stick around — wait for the baseball metaphor — for extra innings.
Had to do it.
It’s like looking in a mirror…
We are living in the age of the TV spokesperson.
Flo for Progressive. That perky AT&T gal at the mall. The mayhem guy for Allstate. And they all owe their careers and pricey exclusive contracts to this guy:
He made Verizon’s slogan ‘Can you hear me now?’ ubiquitous and annoying.
Then he disappeared.
I guess his no-compete clause finally expired.
I just watched the 200th episode of The Big Bang Theory!
I am as shocked as you are.
Dear Walking Dead director:
You are so successful, you don’t have to listen to anyone, let alone a sticky blogger.
But I think you could learn a lot from the methods employed by the director of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
True, it’s a costume drama first and a zombie movie second, but zombies are its reason for being…although any Pride and Prejudice fan will recognize dialogue and plot lines that have been carried forward from the original text.
Except the zombies. They’re new. But they’re not in-your-face gory.
Well, their faces are half gone, and some limbs are missing, and your standard bloody-gutty zombie fare. But when the Bennett sisters expertly slay the zombie hoard — they trained in China — it primarily occurs off-camera.
Instead of watching blood and guts and gore spew forth, we get to see their expert swordplay and marksmanship. It’s really very fun.
And I for one didn’t miss feeling queasy one little bit.