It looks like it's the bottom of the ninth for the beloved Prime video series A League of Their Own. News broke Tuesday that the show has been renewed for a second and final season.
The series, which is an adaptation of the 1992 film by Penny Marshall, will end its run with four episodes, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.
A League of Their Own follows baseball players in the all-women's league that sprouted up while men were away in World War II. The very queer series goes where many viewers wish the movie could have gone.
From queer creatives Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham, A League of Their Own features a number of LGBTQ+ characters. The series tells parallel stories about the white women baseball players who've won coveted slots in the women's league on teams like the Rockford Peaches while actor Chante Adams's ringer of a pitcher, Max Chapman, is shut out and forced to navigate landing a spot playing with the Black male league.
Series consultant Maybelle Blair, who played in the league that inspired the show and film, publicly came out at 95 during the press tour for the series.
When the news of the short renewal was leaked online Tuesday, co-creator Graham tweeted, "The one thing I'll say at this moment: #ALeagueOfTheirOwn is not a small or niche show. The audience is domestic, but our understanding is that it's very big. It has outperformed many other shows that have been renewed."
Graham recently told The Advocate — before the news broke about the show’s second season — that he’s always drawn to telling stories about communities that have been written out of history. The nonbinary showrunner explained that working on A League of Their Own has allowed him to connect with fans in ways he hadn’t before.
“The experience of releasing A League of Their Own has been such a gift to me and to Abbi,” they said. “We lived with this show for years, and you don't know how people are going to relate to them. And I think the way that people are relating to this show is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Graham said that fans of the show have told him that they have used it to help them come out to their families.
“It also really speaks to a hunger for joyful stories that have queer characters at their center. So I would just say everything that has happened with League has been beyond my wildest dreams,” he said.
At the time, Graham said they didn’t think the story was over but that it was “complicated now for other reasons.” They pointed to the number of queer characters in the show.
“We're still struggling to be in that world where our stories are watched as universal, and I know that we will get there,” Graham said. He said that’s part of the mission of the show: to fill in some of the gaps in history and even from the 1992 film to take people “on an incredible ride that speaks to truthful queer experiences.”
Graham added, “We're so grateful to the fans who have just moved into that show like it's their house.”
The first season has won a cult following, with many noting that it was far queerer than Prime Video let on before its premiere. It has been hailed for its approach to telling queer lives, having been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award and NAACP Image Award.
The series is produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television with Field Trip Productions.
For those who are hopeful for more A League of Their Own, Graham wrote Tuesday, "The stuff that came out today is a leak and it isn't official, which is why we aren't saying anything. So if you want to see more episodes or more seasons of this show, now is your moment. People are listening."
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