‘A League of Your Own’ has received a four-episode final season from Amazon

News of the series ending with a second season came on the same day showrunner Will Graham defended the series from being labeled “small” or “niche”.

“A League of Your Own” gets another shot at the diamond, but the crew only plays half a game. The Prime Video TV adaptation of the beloved film has been renewed for a second season – but it will be the series’ last. The Hollywood Reporter.

What’s more, the show by “Broad City’s” Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham, who also serves as showrunners for Amazon’s limited series “Daisy Jones & The Six,” will consist of just four hour-long episodes. the first season, released simultaneously on August 12, 2022, consists of eight episodes. Amazon will reportedly bill the batch of episodes as a “limited series,” despite following up and wrapping up the events of the initial season.

Amazon declined to comment on the report to IndieWire.

News of the shortened final season comes hours after Graham he tweeted defense of the show on Monday, refuting journalists who called the series “niche.”

“I will say one thing at this point: ‘A League Of Their Own’ is not a small or niche show. The audience is domestic, but we understand that it is very large. It beat many other shows that have been renewed,” Graham tweeted. “Journalists, please stop furthering the narrative that POC/Queer shows are inherently niche or small if you don’t have data. This narrative is racist, homophobic, and everything in between. Please consider these things with some thought and caution.”

The half-cancellation, half-renewal of “A League of Your Own” is reportedly the result of months of negotiations between Graham and Jacobson with Amazon and Sony Pictures Television, which produces the series. The negotiations reportedly reduced licensing fees, signed entirely new contracts with the cast, and took other measures to reduce the show’s budget. Amazon doesn’t release viewership numbers for its series, so it’s unclear how the show did, but the company doesn’t shy away from spending big on shows like the $465 million budgeted “The Rings of Power.”

The “Champion of Mine” series is a reimagining of Penny Marshall’s original 1992 film. Like the film, which starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Lori Petty and Rosie O’Donnell, the series is a fictional account of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, a baseball league that began during World War II. men went to war. The show will follow new characters and athletes in the league, focusing on telling the stories of queer women in the league and black women banned from competing.

Jacobson leads the series as Carson Shaw, a catcher for the league’s Rockford Peaches who develops an affair with teammate Greta (D’Arcy Carden). Chanté Adams also plays Maxine Chapman, a black lesbian woman and aspiring baseball player. The series also featured Gbemisola Ikumelo, Roberta Colindrez, Kelly McCormack, Priscilla Delgado, Molly Ephraim, Melanie Field, Kate Berlant, and Nick Offerman as Coach Peaches.

“A League of Your Own” received mixed reviews when it originally premiered last year, with several critics calling the show a mess but praising its ambition. IndieWire’s Ben Travers wrote in his review that the series “not only gets a huge boost by breaking away from the film’s usual beats, but Jacobson and Graham understand why their story deserves to be tied to this particular piece of IP.”

In an interview with IndieWire this January, series star Carden I spoke about his desire to return to the show’s baseball field and his frustration with the long wait for the announcement.

“How is it still this long (and not renewed for season 2)? I don’t have any updates other than fans are still so active on social media with the hashtag,” Carden told IndieWire. “It’s almost like a part-time job. This is amazing. There is no shortage in #RenewALOTO. I get thousands of tweets about it every day, and it’s really beyond our wildest dreams, and it’s really kind of me that people care enough to ask me this question, let alone tweet it a million times. It’s so beautiful, the cast and I, we just want to get back to that damn baseball field and shoot Season 2.”

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