Dan Fogelman’s Female Baseball Drama Picked Up to Pilot at Fox, Kylie Bunbury to Star

Fox has ordered “Pitch” to pilot, Variety has learned. The baseball drama hails from Dan Fogelman and Rick Singer.

Kylie Bunbury will topline the potential series, which follows a young female pitcher who defies the odds when she becomes the first woman to play in the major leagues.

Fogelman (“Grandfathered,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love”) and Singer (“Younger,” “American Dad”) co-wrote the pilot and will serve as exec producers, along with Tony Bill (“The Sting,” “My Bodyguard”) and Helen Bartlett (“North Country”). 20th Century Fox will produce the hourlong drama.

Bunbury most recently was in “Under the Dome” on CBS. She also starred on ABC Family’s “Twisted.” She is repped by ICM and Gotham. Her role marks a continuation in diverse casting, which Fox has found success in with “Empire.” Revolving around a young woman who becomes a success story, the project is likely being well-received in a television landscape that begs for more central female characters.

For Fogelman, “Pitch” marks his second pilot order this season. He also has a birthday-themed dramedy in contention for a series order at NBC, which follows a group of people (the ensemble includes Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia) who were all born on the same day.

For Fox, “Pitch” is the second drama pilot order this season, following Lee Daniels’ untitled music drama, starring Queen Latifah. The potential series from the “Empire” co-creator follows a diverse girl group, further exemplifying the network’s push into diverse programming for the upcoming season. The net has also greenlit an event series, “Shots Fired,” starring Sanaa Latham, which aims to reflect recent racial tensions and police shooting incidents making headlines.

Fogelman, who is under a four-year overall development deal with 20th, is repped by WME, Management 360 and attorney Bruce Gellman, Esq., of Hansen, Jacobson, et. al. Singer is repped by ICM, PYE and attorney Todd Rubenstein , Esq., of Morris, Yorn et. al.

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