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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 }

Nancy January 8, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Too bad such a funny show had to be cancelled and yet Super Fun Night which is totally dumb, runs two programs instead. Who makes these decisions anyway? They sure don’t ask public opinion.


Carole December 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Love this show. I can’t believe it’s being cancelled. My grandson and myself wait all week to see this show and we are really disappointed.


jennifer December 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm

love this show. Hope another station picks it up


Renee Serylo December 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm

When the 1% speak — the rest of us just don’t get a choice. ABC you suck cancelling this show. Great show…… best one of the new season…… Complain all you want — they could careless what we think.


gary December 6, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Hey ABC wake up THIS IS A GREAT SERIES and put it on hiatus until spring and bring it back 4 kiddie BASEBALL SEASON! duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, can’t you guys do any good demographics????????


Colleen November 21, 2013 at 3:26 am

Loved the show from the preview showing at Disneyland and haven’t missed an episode since!! Maggie Lawson and James Caan are GREAT! ABC please change your mind and save this show!


Mary November 20, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I watched this show because of Lenora Crichlow but she was so underutitilized, she has so much more to give, (she was wonderful in Being Human UK). If the show’s cancelled I hope she get another role in a US show. Of course Mr. Caan is always great.


Josh November 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm

It’s Las Vegas all over again! Just getting into the show it’s terrific and once again abc disappoints!!!


Daniel L. Gelinas November 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Well ABC had do it again, cancelling the only show that was good enough to drag my wife and I away from Fox and CBS. These two networks know how to grab hold of an audience with their hit shows, shows they gave enough time let the public adhere to. Then along comes ABC with a terrific weekly show that had an excellent cast, especially James Caan, and it held our interest. But ABC who doesn’t believe in being #1 in the ratings pulls the show after only 6 weeks of air time. What a bunch of losers. You have a great hit show here and definitely a winner but you decide to cancel it. Maybe the person or people who make these calls are holding back ABC’s growth and should be cancelled to save this Network. Just a thought.


Cheryl November 7, 2013 at 10:44 am

C’mon, give this show a little more time! James Caan is great!


Norrin November 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

ABC finally gets a slate of comedies (Goldbergs, Back In The Game, Trophy Wife) which could translate to demo ratings gold if only given the proper (promotional and testicular) chance and they start chopping them up to make way for more yawntastic dramas and overweight nerdcoms (don’t even remember name of show, has that fat chick from England). What a catastrophe. Guess it’s going to be another year of CBS low budget production domination.


Ed B November 3, 2013 at 1:57 am

I looked forward to it. Keep the show !!!!!


Golden life November 3, 2013 at 1:34 am

Love Back in the game, love James Caan, love Maggie Lawson, Love
Matthew Zhang. Great great comedy show!


Jason Guerrero October 10, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Love the show


Laren September 26, 2013 at 12:17 am

Totally hilarious! back in the game had our whole family cracking up!


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