|Directed by||Tim Kirkby|
Tyrel Jackson Williams
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Executive producer(s)||Hank Azaria
|Production company(s)||Funny or Die
How 2 Pictures
|Original release||April 5, 2017 (2017-04-05) – present|
Brockmire is an American television comedy series that premiered on IFC on April 5, 2017. The show stars Hank Azaria, Amanda Peet, and Tyrel Jackson Williams. Azaria plays a baseball play-by-play announcer. On April 5, right before its premiere, it was announced that IFC had renewed the show for a second 8-episode season, due to air in 2018.
In 2010, Azaria debuted the character of Jim Brockmire in the third episode of the Funny or Die web-series Gamechangers, entitled “A Legend in the Booth”. Brockmire is a baseball play-by-play announcer who is fired after a profanity-filled breakdown while live on air after discovering his wife was having an affair. Azaria based the character’s voice and broadcasting style on Bob Murphy and Phil Rizzuto.
Azaria later appeared as Brockmire in 2012 on the NFL Network‘s The Rich Eisen Podcast to discuss the National Football League. In November 2012, with Azaria fielding offers for a movie based on the character, he sued actor Craig Bierko over the ownership of the Brockmire voice. Bierko claimed that he helped develop the character. Azaria won the case in 2014, as Gary Allen Feess, a United States district judge, ruled that, though both actors had been using a baseball announcer voice before and since meeting at a party in 1990, only Azaria’s voice was, as Brockmire, a defined, “tangible” character and thus subject to copyright.
In February 2016, IFC ordered a comedy series based on Brockmire’s character. In the series, Brockmire returns to a broadcasting booth in Minor League Baseball ten years after his last baseball broadcasting job. The show is written by Joel Church-Cooper and directed by Tim Kirkby. Azaria, Church-Cooper, Kirkby and Mike Farah and Joe Farrell from Funny Or Die are the series’ executive producers. Amanda Peet joined the series in May 2016 as the owner of the Morristown Frackers, a Minor League Baseball team in the Rust Belt that hires Brockmire as their new announcer. Tyrel Jackson Williams was cast as an intern and assistant to Brockmire in June 2016. Baseball writers and broadcasters who will have cameo appearances include Joe Buck, Jonah Keri, Brian Kenny, and Tim Kurkjian. Baseball scenes of the show were filmed at Luther Williams Field in Macon, Georgia.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.
|1||“Rally Cap”||Tim Kirkby||Joel Church-Cooper||April 5, 2017 (2017-04-05)||101||0.317|
|2||“Winning Streak”||Tim Kirkby||Joel Church-Cooper||April 5, 2017 (2017-04-05)||102||0.303|
|3||“Kangaroo Court”||Tim Kirkby||Joel Church-Cooper||April 12, 2017 (2017-04-12)||103||0.264|
|4||“Retaliation”||Tim Kirkby||Alex Reid||April 19, 2017 (2017-04-19)||104||0.262|
|5||“Breakout Year”||Tim Kirkby||Jason Belleville||April 26, 2017 (2017-04-26)||105||0.233|
|6||“Road Trip”||TBA||TBA||May 3, 2017 (2017-05-03)||106||TBD|
|7||“Old Timers Day”||TBA||TBA||May 10, 2017 (2017-05-10)||107||TBD|
|8||“It All Comes Down to This”||TBA||TBA||May 17, 2017 (2017-05-17)||108||TBD|