Pitch Cancelled? Season 2? With FOX yet to renew the baseball drama for a second season, last night’s episode could well be the series finale.
However, the producers and cast are prepared to fight cancellation all the way.
Star Kylie Bunbury tells EW:
“I think that everyone’s stories on the show aren’t over yet,” Bunbury continues. “We want to see more. You can see that with the fans; the fans love this show. If anyone gives this show a chance, they love it as well. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love this show. I know there’s some logistics in terms of Fox deciding what they’re going to do with the show, but I think what they need to listen to is more their heart rather than the logistics because ‘.”
Despite the show’s future hanging in the balance, EP Kevin Falls tells EW he wasn’t tempted by an alternate ending:
Not really, because we felt so good about the show. We knew we were writing to that end line. From the beginning of the season, that’s where we knew we were going to end up. We talked briefly — there was one brief discussion about whether to come up with an alternate ending. We didn’t feel that throwing a no-hitter was really ever going to be something that we were going to have her do — do something magical. But we could’ve maybe ended where she got the runner out or we could have ended with some version of a different ender that’s more upbeat, but then we started thinking, Why are we trying to help the decision to end the show by wrapping the series in a way that satisfies everybody?
On what Season 2 will hold, renewal permitting:
I think that’s fair to say if she’s certainly been rehabbing over the weekend. What also happens is what we get to do in the second season that we didn’t in the first; the first season dropped her right in June, in the middle of our fictional 2016 season. This one would be one where it would be five months later and a lot happens in life, certainly in baseball where so much happens — you have changes of player personnel, you have changes in ownership, in managers. There’s so much that happens over a winter; families change, these baseball players go home to their families. I think we’d probably explore a lot of what happened over those last five months and catch up in a way that we use flashbacks — we wouldn’t use as many flashbacks in the second season as we used in the first, but if we did them, it would be to catch you up with what happened over the winter or we would pick it up in the winter after her injury. All of those things would come into play.
But spring training does give you a different world in which you would start the season, where everybody is competing for jobs in a different environment and a different light that’s shined on spring training that it is not on the regular baseball season. I wouldn’t say it would be a complete reboot, but I imagine creatively it would be a completely different start to the season. And Dan [Fogelman] prides himself at being so great on these twists and surprises, so who knows what we would hit you with. We have some ideas that I’m not going to share that we would do in the early part of the season to show what is going on here.
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the cancel/renew status of Pitch Season 2…