Unfortunately, we come bearing bad news: Pitch season 2 is not happening. The news was first confirmed by executive producer Kevin Falls on Twitter, who kept the news short and sweet.
Based on the contest of his tweet, it also seems as though Pitch will not be continuing elsewhere. We’ll see if that holds, but for now we’re not altogether optimistic. The ratings for the show weren’t great, and that is even with very strong reviews across the board and a lot of promotion. We know that there are times that we like to complain about networks not doing enough, but we do think that Fox did a lot to try to get the word out on this show.
So, what happened? The biggest problems seem to be competition (the show often aired against NFL football) and then also simply a perceived lack of interest in a series about professional baseball. It’s very difficult to tell scripted version of a major professional sport. For most people, they’ll just watch the actual sport instead. If you look across the board, the only shows kind of in this vein at the moment are Ballers and Survivor’s Remorse, and they are both on premium cable where there are far fewer expectations to deliver.
If there is no more Pitch, we will applaud the show for taking on what was a very ambitious subject and trying to deliver a story as accurate as possible. There was a lot of authenticity courtesy of the real MLB teams, and we especially appreciated the chance to see so many great actors either for the first time or in completely new and interesting ways.
One thing that does come as a result of this cancellation is that you’re going to see Mark Consuelos now move over to Riverdale, where he will be a regular for the second season of that show.
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