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

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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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  1. This is too cool they are filming right next to my job!! Can’t wait to see it

  2. Sheila Sikorski says:

    I hope Mr. Fogelman gets a chance to read Barbara Gregorich’s book, She’s On First, first published in 1987 and still available.

  3. Eli Cash says:

    This show will be absolute trash. Why am I watching this? We get it, Fogelman. You love sports and absolutely ridiculous concepts. Who approves of this? Who screams, “YES! THIS IS THE WINNER!” without laughing your ass off? No baseball loving, sports fanatic is going to care or watch this show. They must think they will be able to go after the female demo, searching and triggering the “empowerment” emotion. Women can do it too! vibe. Isn’t their a better story to be told than a female baseball player? I don’t buy it. I don’t think females give two craps about this.

    A network creative told me some of the other concepts Fogelman pitched:

    “The Nine Foot Limbo Champion”
    “The Armless Arm Wrestler”
    “The Sixth Man” (reboot)

    BTW — of course this show was going to be named, “Pitch.” Did anyone think it was going to try for any other clever name when it was shoved in the development pipeline? “Baseball” was the second choice, followed by “Molly Fingers.” Molly can grow a waxed handlebar moustache too!

  4. Adam Kibel says:

    This actually sounds interesting and fresh. Looking forward to it!

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