Pitch: Officially Canceled at Fox After One Season

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It was a swing and a miss for Dan Fogelman and Pitch on Fox.

The fans loved it, but there just weren't enough to go around.

Whether it was the baseball motif, the female at the mound or any other number of things that kept viewers at bay, there just weren't enough to right the ship by the end of the first season, and a second isn't in its future.


Co-star took to Twitter tonight with the news with the following heartfelt statement:

"Pitch is officially no more. Fox, in their infinite, but not so wise wisdom, has decided to cancel Pitch," Lauria wrote.

"I knew the longer they took the less chance we had but I did have renewed hope when Thursday Night Football had been canceled."

"We would have done better without even having a new time slot. Excuse me, I'm being logical." 

Missing Padres - Pitch Season 1 Episode 7

"Pitch, was a great experience, Kevin Falls, [co-creator] Rick Singer and of course Dan Fogelman put together one of the best writing staffs I ever worked with." 

"Our cast was the most professional I ever worked with, not a headache in the bunch."

Our staff and crew, the best. I wish everyone a continued great career. Love each and everyone of those involved with Pitch."

It's not a surprise the show was canceled, despite all of our best efforts to stop the inevitable.

TV Fanatic writer Jasmine Blu, who reviewed the show for us this season, even gave it her best shot with a great slideshow focusing on a mere 13 Reasons Why Pitch should be renewed.

We could have come up with a lot more.

One, of course, is we've seen was Dan Fogelman can do when given free rein, as This Is Us was the smash hit of the season.

The two shows had a lot in common and featured the same sort of family feel and love that has made This Is Us such a sensation.

Nonetheless, we'll have to do without Pitch going forward.

Mark Consuelos has already signed on as Veronica's father on Riverdale for Season 2, and although that role was in second position to his role on Pitch, it's not a surprise to get the final decision on Pitch so shortly after he had taken that part.

Executive Producer Kevin Falls has been actively tweeting to his fans his disappointment and thanks, but also noted, "I was paid to work on a show about baseball. OF COURSE it would only last 1 year. #pitch"

That feels about right. Dreams can come true, but enjoy them while you can, because they may have a limit!

It's a shame that by the time the historic seven-game world series aired on Fox, Pitch had already lost traction and Fox decided to heavily market Lethal Weapon instead of the baseball oriented Pitch.

Stars Kylie Bunbury and Mark Paul-Gosselaar didn't participate in pilot season in a show of support for their show.

Their hard work and enthusiasm will be missed, as will Pitch. If you want to relive the memories now, watch Pitch online right here via TV Fanatic.

Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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Pitch Quotes

Ginny: But none of that matters, you know why?
Frank: No, but color me intrigued.
Ginny: Because today I'm the starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres.

I know it's only a 2 minute ride to the stadium and you've probably dealt with this kind of paparazzi before, but there's a billion dollar piece of cargo back here, and if you Princess Di her ass and you and me survive, I'm going to Red Wedding you and your entire family.