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Episodes: 13 (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 25, 2013 -- Tbd
Series status: Cancelled
TV show description:
Now, Terry and her son Danny (Griffin Gluck) are starting a new life by moving back with Terry's estranged father, Terry Sr. aka "The Cannon" (James Caan). He's an opinionated, beer-guzzling ex-athlete who never quite made the cut as a professional baseball player -- or a single father. He's okay with putting up his daughter and grandson »
ABC has decided not to order any more episodes of Back in the Game, their Wednesday night sitcom. The network initially ordered 13 episodes and filming was completed yesterday.
Co-creator Robb Cullen broke the news about the cancellation on Twitter. He wrote, "So, ABC has decided Not 2 move forward w @BackInTheGameTV 2 all of u fangles and friends, I can't begin 2 thank u for all of ur support." He later indicated that the remaining seven unaired installments are expected to be broadcast.
Airing out of The Middle, Back in the Game follows a single mother (Maggie Lawson) and her son (Griffin Gluck) who move in with her gruff father (James Caan). Despite having no experience, the boy desperately wants to play baseball so his mom, a former All Star, gets roped into coaching a new team of misfits. Others in the »
ABC has had very mixed success launching new sitcoms on Wednesday nights. Will Back in the Game be a ratings hit or will it be cancelled after one season? We'll have to wait and see how things go.
Back in the Game follows a single mother (Maggie Lawson) and her son (Griffin Gluck) who move in with her gruff father (James Caan). Despite having no experience, the boy desperately wants to play baseball so his mom, a former All Star, gets roped into coaching a new team of misfits. Others in the cast are Lenora Crichlow, Ben Koldyke, Kennedy Waite, J.J. Totah, Cooper Roth, and Brandon Salgado.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings »
Time to look at a trio of new ABC sitcoms which debuted in the last week, none of which have been acquired by a UK broadcaster as of yet. That isn’t necessarily a mark against their quality – one looks great, one looks okay, and one delivered a pretty dreadful pilot. Nor is it a sign that they aren’t a good fit for the UK – at least one of them would be a perfect pick for E4, for example – and all three are certainly worthy of discussion. Sadly, the ratings for each show are pretty much the inverse of how much I liked each of them, so we’ll work our way through them in reverse order, starting with the one I liked the least but got the biggest audience…
And to my immense surprise, The Goldbergs was the worst by a long, long way. I was really looking »
- Joe Cunningham
Tonight, ABC is unveiling their third new sitcom of the season, Back in the Game. This one has has a great timeslot, nestled in between The Middle and Modern Family. Will it be a new Wednesday night hit or will it be cancelled like many others? Is it worth watching?
She's a former All-Star softball player and her dad is a beer-guzzling, opinionated couch potato. When Terry's son gets rejected from the little league team, she gets talked into coaching a new team.
What do you think? Based on the description and »
The simplest way of explaining "Back in the Game," the new ABC comedy starring Maggie Lawson and James Caan, is to say that it's a modern-day version of "The Bad News Bears." Only in this case, the coach is a woman, and the crotchety old man is her father.
Does it work?
For the most part, yes. "Back in the Game" isn't an ambitious show, but it does accomplish its goal of simple, cheerful comedy about a group of misfits coming together. Good acting -- more or less a given with a name like James Caan -- and mostly likable characters keep the show going along with just enough laughs to make it all worthwhile.
This is not to say the show is perfect -- far from it. In the premiere, plot advancement relies too much on all-too-familiar characters. There's the effeminate gay kid, the fat kid, et cetera. Even »
If you’re a fan of an “anything you can do” approach to the gender war, then you’re in luck — the female protagonist of ABC’s new father-daughter baseball comedy Back in the Game (which premiered Wednesday at 8:30/7:30c) shouts “Yes, I can!” in response to all of the challenges her sexist surroundings hurl her way. But was the show a grand slam or a strike-out for you?
- Misha Solomon
Loose “Cannon”: James Caan is a blast in ABC’s Back in the Game: Maggie Lawson (Psych) stars as a single mom who takes on managing her son’s little league team while trying to reconnect with her drunk, emotionally distant ex-ballplayer father (Caan). Also See: Complete list of fall 2013 new shows Fall TV 2013 new comedies 5 lessons from the fall 2013 TV family sitcoms Back in the Game ABC Premieres: Sept. 25 Airs: Wednesdays at 8:30pm Et/Pt Who’s In It? Maggie Lawson, James Caan, Lenora Crichlow, Griffin Gluck, Ben Koldyke What’s It All About? Terry Gannon Jr. (Lawson) was […]
- Ryan Berenz
Forget Supernanny! James Caan is your new go-to destination for amazing parenting advice. If a 10-year-old gets a black eye? Tell him to grab three beers and put one of them on his eye (drink the others). If your daughter gets her first period? Tell her to "walk it off." And if you suddenly have to flee the country, a solid childcare choice is your baseball team's mascot. Duh. ABC's new fall comedy Back in the Game's greatest strength is Caan's ridiculous inappropriateness as "The Cannon," a wildly unfliltered father and grandfather who recently welcomed his daughter (Maggie Lawson) and her son Danny (Griffin Gluck) back into his home. Lawson, who Psych »
Co-starring in one series hasn't prevented Maggie Lawson from doing another.
The actress has been able to remain involved as police detective Juliet O'Hara in most episodes of the upcoming Season 8 of "Psych," the USA comedy-mystery, while also playing the female lead as the ABC sitcom "Back in the Game" premieres Wednesday (Sept. 25).
The new show casts her as a single mom who becomes the coach of her son's (Griffin Gluck) Little League team ... despite her long-standing dislike of sports, one of the byproducts of her estrangement from the ex-ballplayer father (James Caan) she struggles to reunite with.
"It's really exciting," the pleasant Lawson tells Zap2it of her dual series duty. "It's sort of working different muscles.
"The wonderful thing about 'Psych' is that the writers have evolved those characters in such a way that almost every year, it's felt like we were delving into something different, »
Chicago – From Archie Bunker to Frank Barone, TV has a long history of crotchety, irascible, borderline offensive fathers who really love their kids. To the long list, we can now add Terry Gannon (James Caan), the scene-stealer from ABC’s “Back in the Game,” premiering tonight, September 25, 2013 in a coveted time slot between the returns of “The Middle” and “Modern Family.”
Television Rating: 2.5/5.0
I’m torn on “Back in the Game.” Its creators — Mark & Robb Cullen (“Lucky”) — and executive producers — John Requa & Glenn Ficarra (“Bad Santa”) — are definitely talented people and one can see the potential in this gruff family comedy. The cast is strong, the concept isn’t bad, but I just didn’t find the pilot funny. It feels like it’s playing with comedy concepts that might have worked better in the ’90s. Hey, guess what? Some retired athletes are still too competitive and live vicariously through their Little League-playing grandkids? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
On TV this packed Wednesday: The Revolution continues on a new night, The Middle goes on a Heck of a trip, Back in the Game throws its first pitch, Svu saves Benson, Criminal Minds heads west, high school causes Modern Family problems, Nashville cues up a coma, CSI follows Russell’s lead and a South Park kid infiltrates the Nsa. Here are 11 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Revolution (NBC) | Season 2 premiere: Rachel runs into someone important from her past, Charlie goes on a mission in the Plains Nation, and Neville and Jason search a refugee camp for a lost loved one. »
- Kimberly Roots
It's been six years since James Caan has had a regular role on primetime (in Las Vegas), and he's giving it another shot with ABC's new show, Back in the Game. Costarring Maggie Lawson (Psych), the comedy features equal amounts of family brawls and baseball. I got a peek of the pilot, which is premiering tonight, so read on to find out how the show stacks up. What it's about: Broke and recently divorced, Terry (Lawson) is forced to move back in with her father (Caan), an alcoholic ex-baseball player fondly nicknamed "The Cannon." When her young son (Griffin Gluck) doesn't make the local pee wee team, Terry faces her fears of returning to her old college sport and agrees to coach his new team of misfits. Where it works: The kids are cute, and Terry's rich new widow friend, Gigi (Lenora Crichlow) is a riot. Where it doesn't: From the setup to the dialogue, »
- Maggie Pehanick
A not-particularly-fresh take on “The Bad News Bears” — which already spawned multiple movies and a 1979 series — “Back in the Game” isn’t without its modest charms, thanks mostly to James Caan’s turn as an irascible old ballplayer whose daughter agrees (eventually) to coach the worst team in her kid’s baseball league. Granted, this ABC comedy is the equivalent of a big fat pitch over the heart of plate, and will need to get mileage out of more characters, but what’s here has the potential to hold its lineup spot between leadoff hitter “The Middle” and ratings slugger “Modern Family.”
Terry (Maggie Lawson) is the classic single mom forced to move back home with dad, a wayward sort in her youth who insists his grandson Danny (Griffin Gluck) call him by his playing-days nickname, the Cannon. “You stink!” the old codger yells, seemingly lacking any sort of filter »
- Brian Lowry
There’s an old saying that Hollywood is out of ideas. That may be true, but looking at the Fall TV comedy lineup, it’s clear that Hollywood isn’t out of children. Pretty much every single new comedy this fall is about children. So, it may seem like there are children everywhere. Hoards of children, scores of tweens, infinite amounts of teens… In reality, though, there are maybe only five kids you’ll see all year on network comedy.
Okay, five types of kids….
1) The Cloyingly Precocious Boy
For generations, they’ve graced our screens. They’ve been trained by community theater programs, private acting coaches and pushy stage moms to win our hearts with their goofy glasses, adorable dimples and preternaturally clever retorts. So, it’s not like the cloyingly precocious nerdy »
- Meghan O'Keefe
The broadcast networks have almost 30 shows debuting this fall, including a new Michael J. Fox sitcom, a futuristic tale from the Fringe team and Marvel-ous adventures for the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
Next up on our list….
The Show | ABC’s Back in the Game (Wednesdays at 8:30/7:30c; premieres Sept. 25)
- Matt Webb Mitovich
If baseball is America's favorite pastime, might a TV show about baseball starring James Caan have a shot at becoming America's favorite sitcom? Caan led the cast of Back in the Game during the show's TCA panel this week, explaining why he wanted to play a cranky old ex-ballplayer aptly nicknamed "The Cannon." Maggie Lawson (Psych), who plays Caan's daughter, Terry Jr., also chatted about the show, along with producers. Read on to find out what we got to hear about the upcoming show! With the exception of little Griffin Gluck, who play's Terry Jr.'s son, everyone in the cast has experience playing sports. Caan told the crowd about his experience with son Scott, who traded in a possible professional baseball career to act. "My son Scott turned out to be an unbelievable player," Caan said. Turns out, James may have been the poor sport at Scott's games: "I »
- Maggie Pehanick
It's been six years since James Caan has had a regular role on primetime (in Las Vegas), and he's giving it another shot with ABC's new show, Back in the Game. Costarring Maggie Lawson (Psych), the comedy features equal amounts of family brawls and baseball. I got a peek of the pilot, so read on to find out where the show stacks up next to all of Fall TV's new offerings. What it's about: Broke and recently divorced, Terry (Lawson) is forced to move back in with her father (Caan), an alcoholic ex-baseball player fondly nicknamed "The Cannon." When her young son (Griffin Gluck) doesn't make the local pee wee team, Terry faces her fears of returning to her old college sport and agrees to coach his new team of misfits. Where it works: The kids are cute, and Terry's rich new widow friend, Gigi (Lenora Crichlow) is a riot. »
- Maggie Pehanick
At ABC‘s upfront, there were a few things that the network wanted to make sure you knew. 1) They are really impressed with the idea that people are going to watch Rebel Wilson do just about anything, and 2) There isn’t anything they’re happier about than bringing you more episodes of television created by Shonda Rhimes.
On these notes, the network would love for you to know that more Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal are coming your way. These, ABC would like to impress upon you (as advertisers) are really good shows. Because… hellllooo… so many people watch them that we’re bringing them back. But wait, don’t think that you’re as excited as you can get yet, because if those are your favorite shows, then we have a new one for you to fall in love with, Betrayal.
Also on the agenda, and actually looking like they might be interesting, »
- Marc Eastman
The Fall TV Season presentations for all the new network shows take place this week with the third announced earlier today. Here's a full breakdown of which concepts have made the final list over on ABC.
The network is changing up some of its serialized dramas - removing random repeats in favor of two "uninterrupted runs" of twelve episodes each (one in the fall, one in the spring) for shows like "Once Upon A Time," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Scandal" and "Revenge". The large gaps between the two half-seasons will be bridged by "limited series" designed around only 12-13 episode seasons.
Several other pilots didn't make the final cut and won't be seen including the high-profile "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" rip-off "Gothica", McG's rip-off of Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo + Juliet" entitled "Westside", the series based on Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain ride, the Annie Potts-led "Murder in Manhattan" about »
- Garth Franklin
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