Back in the Game

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Back in the Game
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Created by
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (3 unaired)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Original channel ABC
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Audio format 5.1 surround sound
Original run September 25 – December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11)

Back in the Game is an American sitcom that aired from September 25, 2013, to December 11, 2013, on ABC.[1] The series stars James Caan and Maggie Lawson and aired during the 2013–14 American television season as a Wednesday night entry. Back in the Game was co-created and executive-produced by brothers Mark and Robb Cullen for 20th Century Fox Television. The series was green-lit by ABC for a series order pickup on May 10, 2013.[2]

On November 1, 2013, ABC announced it was cancelling Back in the Game.[3] Following its tenth aired episode, ABC pulled the series from its schedule and left three episodes unaired.[4]


The series follows Terry, a former All-Star softball player whose promising career came crashing down after she had a son, lost her college scholarship, and dumped her loser husband; and her estranged father, a once-promising athlete whose glory days were not as glorious because his career was cut short and has become a beer-guzzling, self-opinionated couch potato. When Terry's son decides to play Little League baseball (despite having no knowledge of the sport whatsoever) and gets rejected along with other misfit hopefuls, she, with the help of a wealthy friend, is thrust back into the sporting world by coaching a new team consisting of the rejects.

Cast and characters[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates
Series premiere Series finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 13[5] September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25) December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11) TBA TBA TBA


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" John Requa & Glenn Ficarra Robb & Mark Cullen September 25, 2013 (2013-09-25) 1AWX79 8.01[6]
2 "Stay In or Bail Out" Eric Appel Warren Lieberstein October 2, 2013 (2013-10-02) 1AWX01 6.71[7]
3 "Play Hard or Go Home" Eyal Gordin Gregg Mettler October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09) 1AWX02 6.53[8]
4 "The Change Up" Eyal Gordin Joe Lawson October 16, 2013 (2013-10-16) 1AWX04 6.35[9]
5 "She. Could. Go. All. The. Way!" Joe Nussbaum Eric Goldberg & Peter Tibbals October 23, 2013 (2013-10-23) 1AWX03 6.27[10]
6 "Night Games" David Katzenberg Scott Boden Hodges October 30, 2013 (2013-10-30) 1AWX05 6.11[11]
7 "Safety Squeeze" Jeff Melman Kevin Garnett November 13, 2013 (2013-11-13) 1AWX06 6.47[12]
8 "No Crying in Baseball" Charles Minsky Daisy Gardner November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20) 1AWX09 6.14[13]
9 "Massive Election" Eric Appel Robb & Mark Cullen December 4, 2013 (2013-12-04) 1AWX10 5.12[14]
10 "I'll Slide Home for Christmas" Lev L. Spiro Corinne Kingsbury December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11) 1AWX08 6.14[15]
11 "Color Barrier"[16] Lev L. Spiro Robb and Mark Cullen Unaired 1AWX07 N/A
12 "Sports Therapy" Michael Patrick Jann Gregg Mettler Unaired 1AWX11 N/A
13 "Who's on First" Charles Minsky John Requa & Glenn Ficarra Unaired 1AWX12 N/A


Kristin Dos Santos of E! Online said that while the show's writing and casting is good, the premise might not be original enough to score a big audience.[17] Robert Bianco of USA Today gave the show 3 out of 4 stars.[18] David Hinckley of the New York Daily News gave the show 2 out of 5 stars.[19] Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times said Caan "owns the screen whenever he's on it," Lawson "holds her own," and Crichlow and Gluck's characters are "a delight."[20]


Country Network Premiere date
 United States ABC September 25, 2013 - December 11, 2013


  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 16, 2013). "ABC Sets Premiere Dates for 2013-2014 Season Including 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland' & More". TV by the Numbers (Press release). 
  2. ^ Rose, Lacey; Goldberg, Lesley (May 10, 2013). "ABC Orders Ryan Seacrest's 'Mixology,' Sofia Vergara's Killer Women, 'Once' Spinoff, More". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 11, 2013. 
  3. ^ Seidman, Robert (November 1, 2013). "'Back In The Game' Canceled by ABC; 'Trophy Wife' & 'The Goldbergs' Get Full Seasons; More Episodes for 'Super Fun Night'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 2, 2013. 
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  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 1, 2013). "ABC Gives Full Season Orders To 'Trophy Wife' & 'Goldbergs', Partial Order To 'Super Fun Night', Cancels 'Back In The Game'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 15, 2013. 
  6. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 26, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The Middle', 'Modern Family' and 'Survivor' Adjusted Up; 'Nashville' & 'CSI' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 3, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Revolution', 'Survivor', 'The Middle', & 'Back In The Game' Adjusted Up; 'Ironside' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
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  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (November 14, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Revolution', 'Arrow', 'The Middle' & 'Survivor Adjusted Up; 'Super Fun Night' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (November 21, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The X Factor', 'Modern Family', 'Arrow', 'Survivor' & 'The Middle' Adjusted Up; 'Super Fun Night' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  14. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (December 5, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Arrow' & 'Modern Family' Adjusted Up; 'The Tomorrow People' & 'Super Fun Night' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ Bibel, Sara (December 12, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The Middle' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Shows A-Z - back in the game on abc". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  17. ^ Dos Santos, Kristin (September 25, 2013). "Fall TV Review: ABC's Back in the Game Has Solid Chemistry—But There's a Catch". E! Online. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  18. ^ Bianco, Robert (September 25, 2013). "'Back in the Game' is a winner". USA Today. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  19. ^ Hinckley, David (September 25, 2013). "'Back in the Game': TV review". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  20. ^ McNamara, Mary (25 September 2013). "Review: ABC's 'Back in the Game' finds James Caan in fine Dad form". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 

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