‘Pitch’ is finally here and is already getting rave reviews, but it’s far more than entertainment. The cast and creators shared with HollywoodLife.com the reason it’s time for the positive message — and the hope for it to become a reality sooner rather than later.
“It’s so time. It’s time that we do something that’s really positive, that has a good message. I’ve been desperate for a long time to do something that I can sit down with my kids and watch,” Pitch executive producer Kevin Falls told HollywoodLife.com exclusively before the premiere. He explained that he has two children, 12, and 13, who cried through the pilot together. “Our hearts felt for Ginny and I thought, ‘They’re really behind this; the whole next generation is behind this.'” It’s about having a show “where we can feel something,” he said.
Kevin, whose credits include The West Wing and Franklin & Bash, points out that America is in need, now more than ever, for positivity and good role models hungry. We need “something that’s uplifting, [and] a family show where people can really feel the family presence there,” he said. “Ginny’s relationship with her father and her mother is redeveloping and very central to the story.”
As for the plot — the first woman to make the majors — it’s a storyline that the cast really believes could come true. “I hope so. For my daughters’ sake, I’d like to see that,” Mark-Paul Gosselaar told us about the possibility of seeing a woman enter the majors. He added that it puts out a good message that he can relay to his two daughters, ages ten and one. “You can’t compete with men but you can be just as good as them,” he tells them.
Ali Larter, who portrays Ginny’s seriously badass agent in the film, explained that it’s not only Kylie Bunbury‘s character who is a real break out for a woman. She told us that previous to our interview, a man asked her if we’d see “a softer side” of her character. “Mark Consuelos goes, ‘Would you be saying that if it was a man?,'” she told us, laughing. “She’s fighting for this girl who is thrown into a male dominated sports. I think that when you are driven and strong and when you fight for what you believe in, it can be called ‘too hard’ or ‘bitchy’ and I’m just ready for that to just be done. She’s great at her job, she excels, and she’s a winner. And men still want to put her in that little box.'”
Pitch premieres on Sept. 22 at 9PM on Fox.