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Back in the Game

Back in the Game TV show on ABCNetwork: ABC
Episodes: 13 (half-hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: September 25, 2013 — TBD
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Maggie Lawson, James Caan, Lenora Crichlow, Griffin Gluck, Ben Koldyke, Kennedy Waite, J.J. Totah, Cooper Roth, and Brandon Salgado.

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TV show description:
This sitcom follows Terry Gannon Jr. (Maggie Lawson). She was an All Star softball player until life threw her a couple curve balls. She married a loser, had a baby, and lost her college scholarship.

Now, Terry and her son Danny (Griffin Gluck) are starting a new life by moving back with Terry’s estranged father, Terry Sr. aka “The Cannon” (James Caan). He’s an opinionated, beer-guzzling ex-athlete who never quite made the cut as a professional baseball player — or a single father. He’s okay with putting up his daughter and grandson for a while — as long as they play by his rules.

As hard as Terry tries to keep her son away from the sports-driven lifestyle of her youth, Danny wants to play Little League. He’s a smart kid but unfortunately, he knows nothing about the game. This makes him the laughing stock of the baseball field — and his grandfather’s living room.

Danny and a group of other athletically-challenged hopefuls fail to make the local team and his disappointment forces his mom to face her past. So, when a wealthy neighbor volunteers to finance a team for the rejected kids, Terry reluctantly offers to coach the team of misfits known as the Angles.

Dudley Douglas (Brandon Salgado) is one of the players. He’s an outcast who doesn’t look like much on the surface but Dudley has heart.

Another “misfit” is Michael Lovette (J.J. Totah). He’s “totally gay,” according to his mom. He’s definitely a one of a kind kid — he’s completely sure of himself and thoughtful to boot.

Lulu Lovette (Lenora Crichlow) is Michael’s mom and the team’s backer. She was a trophy wife — until her rich husband died. Now she spends her days boozing at her son’s baseball games and finding new and exciting ways to spend all of her money. She’s taking Terry Jr. under her wing to help her recapture her feminine side and stay relatively sane.

Classmate Vanessa (Kennedy Waite) is the best thing about Danny’s new school. She’s already got a boyfriend, David, who is Danny’s nemesis — but things change. Danny’s counting on it.

Dick Slingbaugh (Ben Koldyke) runs the local youth baseball league and a lot of local businesses. He alternates between being condescending to Terry Jr. and hitting on her. David (Cooper Roth) is Dick’s son, and largely takes after his brutish father as school bully, much to the other kids’ dismay.


Series Finale

Episode #13
This TV series has not ended yet.
First aired: TBD

What do you think? Do you like the Back in the Game TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?


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{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Rob December 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Maggie Lawson is reason enough not to cancel this show. But that’s not to say the rest of the cast weren’t good. It’s a well casted, well written, entertaining show. Maybe there wasn’t enough violence, sex and vampires to keep the teens and tweeners entertained?


Elizabeth May 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

We loved this sitcom! So funny!!!! BRING IT BACK!!!!!!


CMandon April 28, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Bring it Back. Show should not have been canceled.


Ashley April 26, 2014 at 12:03 am

Bring it back! Should not have cancelled.


tom April 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Sure hope they bring this one back it was a good show


Sue April 2, 2014 at 9:06 am

Best sitcom on TV, please bring it back.


Michael March 16, 2014 at 12:45 am

Sounds like ABC stands for “Another Brainless Corporation”. Good family show, James Cahn just the best. The storylines are great! My whole tribe, and I would sit and watch it together….Enough said!


Sommervle March 12, 2014 at 11:58 pm

LOVe this show. Bring it back please


Gayle March 6, 2014 at 1:04 am

Love the show! One of the best new shows and ABC had to cancel it. The shows that replace it keep getting worse and worse!


melissa March 6, 2014 at 9:09 am

Back in the Game was by far the best new show to come out since Big Bang Theory. So many other shows have just gotten routine and senseless…i.e. Mike and Molly….but B in the G was fresh and had a lot of story lines yet to be developed……A single mom who had to go live with a boozing, hard, father and trying to raise a son to be a good man, and working with kids that no one else was giving a chance to……and the possibility of a romance……so much to work with! BRING IT BACK!!!!!


Ryan February 24, 2014 at 3:12 pm

I am a little behind on watching the show. Just started it today and I just love it. Teaching kids not to give up to keep trying no matter what and single moms can do it. Also teaches women that it is ok to not take a guys crap. Helps kids to learn about being a bully and how to step up and take the higher road. Such a great show all the way around


Melissa January 21, 2014 at 11:27 am

I love love love that show…… refreshing and funny!! So much better than M & M, which I think has run its course……….single mom, grumpy father, handsome nemesis/boss…….too much going on to stop now!!!


marcus camero January 12, 2014 at 10:36 pm

I am sad they cancelled another fun show.. Maybe the next seven episodes will end the series in a proper way, but I think I would sure like to see more than just one season.


Oscar January 12, 2014 at 10:28 pm

Better than Mike & Molly or Two Broke Girls which are nothing more than sophomoric humor.


chuck January 9, 2014 at 8:58 am

Another BONEHEAD maneuver on abc’s part. This is the reason that I don’t watch the big 3 network programing anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Barbara January 8, 2014 at 9:31 pm

LOVE THAT SHOW – James Cahn —- wow ,,,, how true to life was he? Good show and funny with the daughter and everyone else TOOOOOO BAD


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