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‘Pitch’ Stars Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar Want the Show to ‘Empower’ Young Girls

The Paley Center celebrated the 10th anniversary of its PaleyFest Fall TV Previews on Thursday night in Beverly Hills with a panel for Fox’s new sports drama “Pitch.”

Moderated by TV Guide staff writer Marisa Roffman, the panel included actors Kylie Bunbury, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Mo McRae, as well as executive producers Rick Singer and Kevin Falls with the series’ pilot director Paris Barclay. “Pitch” marks the first fully-scripted series to be officially associated with Major League Baseball.

In the show, Bunbury stars as Ginny Baker, a baseball player who is hired as the first female starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres. Bunbury noted that in order to fully immerse herself in the character, she began training like a professional athlete.

“I definitely had to live like a pro athlete,” Bunbury said. “I’m doing epsom salt baths, icing myself, eating well, and I think the biggest thing is the workouts. I’m boxing 3-4 days a week, and also pitching 3-4 days a week.”

Bunbury also stated the importance of playing a strong female character, and hopes that her character serves as an inspiration for young girls of color across the country.

“I think it is really important for young girls to see themselves [on TV], so the fact that I’m a woman of color playing a strong female character is incredible,” Bunbury said adding, “It is incredibly important, because I know things that I watched growing up made an impact on my choices, so I hope this will have an impact on young girls’ choices as well and empower them.”

“Pitch” also stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Mike Lawson, a highly narcissistic baseball star with the Padres with a secret heart of gold. Gosselaar also commented on the importance of girl power seen throughout the series.

“It is an important message not only for my daughters, but for my sons as well,” Gosselaar said. “I don’t want them to grow up in a world where they tell their sister that she can’t play baseball because of her gender.”

“Pitch” premieres on Fox Thursday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m.

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