Starring: Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mark Consuelos, Mo McRae, Meagan Holder, Tim Jo, with Dan Lauria, and Ali Larter
Created by Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer
Written by Dan Fogelman & Rick Singer, Directed by Paris Barclay
Is it too obvious to call it a home run? Or is it too soon to call Dan Fogelman, creator of both Pitch and This is Us, the MVP of the TV season? Pitch is a fantastic new drama with an intriguing premise. Pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) has been called up to the San Diego Padres and becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball. Surrounded by handlers including Amelia Slater (Ali Larter), skeptics including manager Al Luongo (Dan Lauria) and catcher/captain Mike Lawson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), and the weight of trying to impress her father (Bill Baker), she has to navigate enormous pressure on and off the field.
The cast is absolutely top notch. Kylie Bunbury is a revelation in the main role. She was easy to root for and could be a breakout star of this season. It is great to see Dan Lauria back on TV and he brings his usual gravitas and strength. I really enjoyed Mark-Paul Gosselaar and his instant charm and chemistry with Bunbury (but don't hook them up, Pitch!) I enjoyed Ali Larter as well and I hope there's a fair amount of Bob Balaban in a recurring role, but I could have used less Joe Buck in the pilot. I have enough of him watching football games.
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
I can hardly wait.