Amazon’s strange behavior with Penny Marshall’s girlfriend a league of Their Own Will get one last bat.
The retail giant/streamer, after months of negotiations, has handed a second and final season renewal to series showrunners Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson. The Sony Pictures Television-produced show will end with a four-episode final season. The news comes after several months of negotiations with Sony to reduce the show’s licensing fee, and after the cast signed new deals to order half the episodes shown in season one, sources say.
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Reps for Amazon and Sony declined comment because deals have not yet been completed for what they say will be billed as a “limited series.”
Operating since early 2018, Graham (Amazon’s recently launched daisy jones and the six) admitted Jacobson (broad city) for a more modern take on Marshall’s beloved 1992 feature film starring Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks. Graham and Jacobson received Marshall’s blessing on their updated take before passing away. The duo recruited several members of the former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League to serve as consultants—including the great Mabel Blair, who at age 95 came out as gay during a press tour for the show. came to the fore.
Starring Jacobson, D’Arcy Varden, Chante Adams, Melanie Field, and Kate Berlant, the series becomes a blink-and-you-miss take on the sexism and racism that were briefly featured in Marshall’s film. In addition to showcasing the stories of queer players from the league, Amazon also examined the plight of black women who were not allowed to join the league and were part of another contingent of teams traveling the country.
The eight-episode first season premiered once in August to positive reviews; It currently boasts an impressive 94 percent rating among critics and an 87 percent score with viewers on Rotten Tomatoes. The show has also garnered recognition with GLAAD (Outstanding New TV Series), Independent Spirit Awards (for supporting actress Gbemisola Ikumelo), and NAACP Image Awards (costume design). It was also awarded by the Critics’ Choice Association, the Women’s Committee’s Seal of the Empowerment of Women in Entertainment, the National Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign and the Voice and Visibility Award from La Raza’s National Council.
Sources say Graham – who has a first-look deal with Amazon in 2017 with Kam Alpha House And mozart in the woods – and Jacobson worked hard for it Federation renewal. PRODUCER Sony Pictures Television, who own the rights Federation, also negotiated a reduced licensing fee as Amazon sought to cut the show’s overall price tag and budget for a potential second season. Sources say that a wrap-up film for the series was also considered.
decide to bring back Federation An abbreviated final season comes as Amazon — which, like other streamers, doesn’t release traditional viewership data — has continued to spend big on well-known IPs. Amazon has already invested more than half a billion dollars Lord of the Rings series, rings of power, The streamer alone spent $250 million to secure global TV rights to the franchise. Sources also say that Amazon has recently made a deal regarding the rights of the land. tomb Raider The amount spent by a streamer on Right Following was the second highest Very, The company is planning a TV series as well as a film and video game. Next up, Amazon owns the valuable and troubled global event series citadel From the Rousseau brothers.