According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has officially cancelled Pitch after one season.
Produced in partnership with Major League Baseball in a first-of-its-kind deal, the baseball drama was called up after ABC benched Scandal to accommodate star Kerry Washington’s pregnancy. Despite strong reviews, the heavy fall competition did not bode well for the Dan Fogelman-produced drama, which had to compete with Thursday Night Football on CBS. The series was MLB’s first scripted offering.
By the time Fox hit pause on its fall schedule for the World Series, Pitch was fading and the network opted to market Lethal Weapon during the historic seven-game Fall Classic. Working in its favor was the fact that stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Kylie Bunbury sat out of pilot season in a strong showing of their commitment to the series about the first woman to break MLB’s gender barrier. Fogelman, who created NBC’s breakout drama This Is Us, has become a key producer for studio 20th Century Fox Television and had been vocal about wanting a second season of Pitch. Sources say producers wanted another short order only this time to run midseason. Such will not be the case.
You can read the heartwarming farewell instagram post of main star Kylie Bunbury below.
My heart is heavy. ? Pitch will not be returning. I don’t have some eloquently thought out caption, because I’m still processing it all. Ginny Baker has profoundly changed my life and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role that resonated with so many people. I wasn’t ready to let go of Ginny, but more than anything I wasn’t ready to let go of my Pitch family- the cast, crew, creators and writers, thank you for the magic. MOST IMPORTANTLY!!!- Thank you to all of the fans who took the journey with us! Your support and love for the show has always moved us deeply! I love you all. ?? Ginny Baker out ????