Back in the Game

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Back in the Game
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Genre
Created by
Starring
Composer(s)Ryan Beveridge
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (3 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkABC
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Audio format5.1 surround sound
Original releaseSeptember 25 (2013-09-25) – December 11, 2013 (2013-12-11)

Back in the Game is an American sitcom about a newly divorced single mother who has to move back home to live with her ex-minor league baseball manager father.[1] It aired from September 25, 2013, to December 11, 2013, on ABC.[2] 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.[3]

On November 1, 2013, ABC announced it was cancelling Back in the Game.[4] Following its tenth aired episode, ABC pulled the series from its schedule and left three episodes unaired.[5] On February 23, 2014, the remaining episodes were released on iTunes, Amazon and other streaming services.[6]

Cast and characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"John Requa & Glenn FicarraRobb & Mark CullenSeptember 25, 2013 (2013-09-25)1AWX798.01[7]
2"Stay In or Bail Out"Eric AppelWarren LiebersteinOctober 2, 2013 (2013-10-02)1AWX016.71[8]
3"Play Hard or Go Home"Eyal GordinGregg MettlerOctober 9, 2013 (2013-10-09)1AWX026.53[9]
4"The Change Up"Eyal GordinJoe LawsonOctober 16, 2013 (2013-10-16)1AWX046.35[10]
5"She. Could. Go. All. The. Way!"Joe NussbaumEric Goldberg & Peter TibbalsOctober 23, 2013 (2013-10-23)1AWX036.27[11]
6"Night Games"David KatzenbergScott Boden HodgesOctober 30, 2013 (2013-10-30)1AWX056.11[12]
7"Safety Squeeze"Jeff MelmanKevin GarnettNovember 13, 2013 (2013-11-13)1AWX066.47[13]
8"No Crying in Baseball"Charles MinskyDaisy GardnerNovember 20, 2013 (2013-11-20)1AWX096.14[14]
9"Massive Election"Eric AppelRobb & Mark CullenDecember 4, 2013 (2013-12-04)1AWX105.12[15]
10"I'll Slide Home for Christmas"Lev L. SpiroCorinne KingsburyDecember 11, 2013 (2013-12-11)1AWX086.14[16]
11"Color Barrier"[17]Lev L. SpiroRobb and Mark CullenFebruary 23, 2014 (2014-02-23) (internet)1AWX07N/A
12"Sports Therapy"Michael Patrick JannGregg MettlerFebruary 23, 2014 (2014-02-23)1AWX11N/A
13"Who's on First"Charles MinskyJohn Requa & Glenn FicarraFebruary 23, 2014 (2014-02-23)1AWX12N/A

Reception[edit]

Kristin Dos Santos of E! Online said that while the show's writing and casting was good, the premise might not be original enough to score a big audience.[18] Robert Bianco of USA Today gave the show 3 out of 4 stars.[19] David Hinckley of the New York Daily News gave the show 2 out of 5 stars.[20] 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 were "a delight."[21]

Broadcast[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amazon.com: Back in the Game Season 1".
  2. ^ 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).
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Back in the Game Not Finishing Its Run on ABC; Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of December 9, 2013)". Sitcoms Online. December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  6. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/back-in-the-game-season-1/id686810724
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 10, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor', 'Back in the Game', 'Modern Family' and 'The Tomorrow People' Adjusted Up; 'Nashville' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 10, 2013.
  10. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 17, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Modern Family', 'Law & Order:SVU', 'Survivor', 'Toy Story of TERROR!' & 'Back In The Game' Adjusted Up; 'Nashville' & 'Ironside' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 17, 2013.
  11. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (October 24, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Survivor', 'The Middle', 'Modern Family' & 'The Tomorrow People' Adjusted Up; 'Super Fun Night' Adjusted Down + Final World Series Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 24, 2013.
  12. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 31, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'Arrow' & 'The Middle' Adjusted Up; 'Super Fun Night' & 'CSI' Adjusted Down & FInal World Series Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 31, 2013.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Bibel, Sara (December 12, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The Middle' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  17. ^ "Shows A-Z - back in the game on abc". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 6, 2013.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ Bianco, Robert (September 25, 2013). "'Back in the Game' is a winner". USA Today. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  20. ^ Hinckley, David (September 25, 2013). "'Back in the Game': TV review". New York Daily News. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  21. ^ 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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