I want to first start off by saying I love both James Caan and Maggie Lawson. Maggie’s on my favorite show Psych, which just finished it’s 7th season and is set for a 13 episode 8th season which will air in early 2014. James Caan is just an all around great actor. I loved him as Ed Deline in Las Vegas. However…
I always imagined the process of selecting which shows to make and which to pass on was a thorough and exhaustive process where network executives scoured hundreds of scripts to find those hidden gems.
Further, I imagined that successful actors would be selective in choosing their next project. After all, it took them so long to build up their name and reputation, you’d hate to throw all of that away on one show.
Having watched the promos and read about Back In The Game I can only surmise that none of that is true. Network executive will green light almost anything and actors will be on any show if the dump truck of money is delivered on time.
It’s the only explanation for how this show is set to air. Briefly, it’s about a recently divorced single mother who temporarily moves in with her father, a beer-swilling former baseball player. She reluctantly starts coaching her son’s underdog Little League team and is drawn back into the world of sports she vowed to leave behind.
Somebody somewhere heard the pitch for this show and thought, yeah, I want to make that show. Here’s an ABC promotional. Remember, this is how they are trying to get you to watch the show.