Brockmire

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Brockmire
BrockmireTitleCard.png
GenreComedy
Based onCharacter created
by Hank Azaria
Developed byJoel Church-Cooper
Directed byTim Kirkby
Starring
Composer(s)Adam Blau
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes24 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Hank Azaria
  • Tim Kirkby
  • Joel Church-Cooper
  • Mike Farah
  • Joe Farrell
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time21–23 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkIFC
Original releaseApril 5, 2017 (2017-04-05) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

Brockmire is an American comedy television series that premiered on April 5, 2017, on IFC. The show stars Hank Azaria, Amanda Peet, and Tyrel Jackson Williams. Azaria plays a baseball play-by-play announcer. On March 29, 2018, it was announced that IFC had renewed the series for a third and fourth season, and on December 12, 2019, the fourth season was confirmed to be its last. Season 4 is set to premiere on March 18, 2020.[1]

Premise[edit]

Brockmire follows Jim Brockmire, "a famed Major League Baseball announcer who suffers an embarrassing and very public meltdown on the air after discovering his beloved wife’s serial infidelity. A decade later, he decides to reclaim his career and love life in a small town, calling minor league ball for the Morristown Frackers."[2]

In the second season, Brockmire becomes the play-by-play announcer for the AAA New Orleans Crawdaddys.[3][4]

Cast and characters[edit]

Starring[edit]

  • Hank Azaria as Jim Brockmire, an alcoholic, drug-using former Kansas City broadcaster fired in 2007 for an on-air tirade against his unfaithful wife (along with a press conference where he tries to set things right but only makes them worse). In the ten years since, he spent most of his time in Asian countries calling more non-traditional sporting events, such as cock-fighting.
  • Amanda Peet as Jules James, the owner of the Morristown Frackers (formerly Savages), which her father originally owned, along with the town's main bar. She is extremely competitive and will do anything to attract fans to the games. (Season 1, recurring seasons 2-3
  • Tyrel Jackson Williams as Charles, the Frackers head of digital media, responsible for webcasts of the games. Although very talented with computers and technology, he possesses little athletic ability-or indeed interest in sports (including baseball). (seasons 1-2, recurring season 3)
  • Tawny Newsome as Gabby Taylor, a former NCAA Champion softball player and Brockmire's new broadcasting partner (season 3-present)
  • J. K. Simmons as Matt "The Bat" Hardesty, a former baseball player turned sports announcer (season 3)

Recurring[edit]

Season 1[edit]

  • Paul Rae as Dale, a Morristown resident who acts in stereotypical-redneck fashion, frequenting both Frackers home games and the local bar. In season 2, it is revealed that he died in a meth lab fire.
  • Hemky Madera as Pedro Uribe, a baseball player for the Morristown Frackers, as well as a former Major League all-star.
  • Molly Ephraim as Bartender
  • Adan Rocha as Danny Cruz, a baseball player for the Morristown Frackers.
  • Steve Coulter as Coach Pom Pom, coach for the Morristown Frackers.
  • Ryan Lee as John Elton, a baseball player for the Morristown Frackers.
  • Alex Phipps as Ryan Stanton, a baseball player for the Morristown Frackers.
  • Daisuke Tsuji as Yoshi Takatsu, a baseball player for the Morristown Frackers, formerly a professional in Japan.
  • Ethan Daniels as Bat Boy Calhoun
  • Toby Huss as Johnny the Hat
  • Katie Finneran as Lucy Brockmire, Brockmire's sexually adventurous ex-wife.
  • David Walton as Gary
  • Brian F. Durkin as Robbie Butler
  • Joe Buck as himself

Season 2[edit]

  • Utkarsh Ambudkar as Raj, Brockmire's broadcasting partner for the Atlanta minor league affiliate New Orleans Crawdaddy's, as well as his main competitor for a big-league broadcasting job.
  • Becky Ann Baker as Jean Brockmire Glasscock, Brockmire's sister.
  • Carrie Preston as Elle
  • Dreama Walker as Whitney

Season 3[edit]

Guest[edit]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18April 5, 2017 (2017-04-05)May 17, 2017 (2017-05-17)
28April 25, 2018 (2018-04-25)June 20, 2018 (2018-06-20)
38April 3, 2019 (2019-04-03)May 22, 2019 (2019-05-22)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
11"Rally Cap"Tim KirkbyJoel Church-CooperApril 5, 2017 (2017-04-05)1010.317[5]
22"Winning Streak"Tim KirkbyJoel Church-CooperApril 5, 2017 (2017-04-05)1020.303[5]
33"Kangaroo Court"Tim KirkbyJoel Church-CooperApril 12, 2017 (2017-04-12)1030.264[6]
44"Retaliation"Tim KirkbyAlex ReidApril 19, 2017 (2017-04-19)1040.262[7]
55"Breakout Year"Tim KirkbyJason BellevilleApril 26, 2017 (2017-04-26)1050.233[8]
66"Road Trip"Tim KirkbyAmanda SitkoMay 3, 2017 (2017-05-03)1060.212[9]
77"Old Timers Day"Tim KirkbyJoel Church-CooperMay 10, 2017 (2017-05-10)1070.190[10]
88"It All Comes Down to This"Tim KirkbyJoel Church-CooperMay 17, 2017 (2017-05-17)1080.194[11]

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
91"The Getaway Game"Maurice MarableJoel Church-CooperApril 25, 2018 (2018-04-25)2010.259[12]
102"Platoon Player"Maurice MarableJoel Church-Cooper & Carl TartMay 2, 2018 (2018-05-02)2020.216[13]
113"Knuckleball"Maurice MarableAmanda SitkoMay 9, 2018 (2018-05-09)2030.233[14]
124"Retirement Ceremony"Maurice MarableAlex ReidMay 16, 2018 (2018-05-16)2040.165[15]
135"Make-up Game"Maurice MarableAnnie MebaneMay 23, 2018 (2018-05-23)2050.179[16]
146"Broadcasters Jinx"Maurice MarableRene GubeMay 30, 2018 (2018-05-30)2060.339[17]
157"Caught in a Rundown"Maurice MarableJason BellevilleJune 13, 2018 (2018-06-13)2070.167[18]
168"In the Cellar"Maurice MarableJoel Church-CooperJune 20, 2018 (2018-06-20)2080.181[19]

Season 3 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
171"Clubhouse Cancer"Maurice MarableJoel Church-CooperApril 3, 2019 (2019-04-03)3010.221[20]
182"Player to Be Named Later"Maurice MarableAmanda SitkoApril 10, 2019 (2019-04-10)3020.176[21]
193"The Yips"Maurice MarableJason BellevilleApril 17, 2019 (2019-04-17)3030.183[22]
204"Banned for Life"Maurice MarableAlex ReidApril 24, 2019 (2019-04-24)3040.171[23]
215"Clubhouse Chemistry"Maurice MarableMel CowanMay 1, 2019 (2019-05-01)3050.131[24]
226"Placed on Waivers"Maurice MarableJoel Church-CooperMay 8, 2019 (2019-05-08)3060.145[25]
237"Disabled List"Maurice MarableJoel Church-CooperMay 15, 2019 (2019-05-15)3070.185[26]
248"Opening Day"Maurice MarableJoel Church-CooperMay 22, 2019 (2019-05-22)3080.173[27]

Production[edit]

Background[edit]

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.[28]

Azaria later appeared as Brockmire in 2012 on the NFL Network's The Rich Eisen Podcast to discuss the National Football League.[29] 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.[30] 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.[31]

Development[edit]

On February 22, 2016, it was announced that IFC had given the production, a comedy series based on the Brockmire character, a series order for a first season consisting of eight episodes. The series was set to be written by Joel Church-Cooper and directed by Tim Kirkby. Executive producers were expected to include Azaria, Church-Cooper, Kirkby, Mike Farah, and Joe Farrell.[32]

On April 5, 2017, right before the series premiere, it was announced that IFC had renewed the show for a second season consisting of eight episodes.[33] On March 29, 2018, it was announced that IFC had renewed the series for a third and fourth season.[34]On December 12, 2019, the fourth season was announced for a 2020 premiere, and that it would finish the series.[35]

Casting[edit]

Alongside the series order announcement, it was confirmed that Hank Azaria would star in the series as the titular Brockmire.[32] On May 13, 2016, it was announced Amanda Peet had joined the main cast.[2] On June 30, 2016, it was reported that Tyrel Jackson Williams had been cast in a series regular role.[36]

In October 2018, it was announced that Tawny Newsome and Martha Plimpton had been cast in recurring roles for season three and that George Brett, Bob Costas, Richard Kind, Linda Lavin, J. K. Simmons, and Christine Woods would make guest appearances.[37][38][39]

Filming[edit]

In season one, baseball scenes of the show were filmed at Luther Williams Field in Macon, Georgia.[40]. Parts of season one, and the majority of season two, were filmed at Coolray Field in Gwinnett County, Georgia.[41] In season three, filming took place at Regions Field in Birmingham, Alabama. [42]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

The first season of Brockmire has been met with a positive response from critics. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 94% approval rating with an average rating of 6.72 out of 10 based on 17 reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Brockmire insinuates itself as the series goes on, elevated by assured, compelling performances from Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet -- and a raw humor all its own."[43] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the season a score of 79 out of 100 based on 15 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[44]

Ratings[edit]

In its first season, Brockmire was IFC's highest-rated new series and cable's most time-shifted new comedy, averaging over 500,000 live-plus-three-day viewers per episode.[45]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Hank Azaria Nominated [46]
2019 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Actor in a Comedy Series Hank Azaria Nominated [47]

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