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‘A League of Their Own’: How to Watch the Anticipated Reboot Online
Anna Tingley If you purchase an independently reviewed product or service through a link on our website, Variety may receive an affiliate commission. The 1993 classic “A League of Their Own” starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis and Madonna, gets a modern update in a new series that hits Amazon Prime Video this Friday.The series remake features all new characters in a similar storyline that centers around the formation of an all-girls baseball league during World War II. Like in the Penny Marshall-directed film, the series is set in 1943. New character Carson (played by “Broad City’s” Abbi Jacobson) finds herself enthralled by the sport of baseball after her husband is deployed overseas. While Carson’s character seems to be lightly inspired by Davis’s portrayal of Dottie in the original film, her teammate Greta played by D’Arcy Carden has hints of Madonna’s glamorous Mae. The biggest departure from the original film is a larger emphasis on race relations. Chanté Adams stars as a Black woman athlete named Max who is excluded from tryouts because of her race and takes a factory job in the hopes of playing for the men’s team.“Max’s storyline brings a blast of outright painful drama into the world of ‘League,’ and it’s welcome,” writes Variety‘s chief TV critic Daniel D’Addario in his review of the series. “The refusal to allow this series to play with nostalgia without engaging who was left out in a past era brings a not-unpleasant astringency to a series that makes other critiques in quieter, lighter manners.”All eight episodes of “A League of Their Own” arrive on Prime Video on Friday, Aug. 12. In order to stream the series, you’ll have to subscribe to Amazon Prime for $14.99/month or sign up for a 30-day tree trial here.
Amy Sedaris - Tina Fey - Sara Bareilles - Paula Pell - Meredith Scardino - Amy Sedaris, Neil Flynn Join ‘Girls5Eva’ Season 2 (EXCLUSIVE) - - Manhattan - city Austin - city Broad
Amy Sedaris, Neil Flynn Join ‘Girls5Eva’ Season 2 (EXCLUSIVE)
Matt Donnelly Senior Film WriterThe breakout Peacock hit “Girls5Eva” is dialing up the funny for season 2, adding veteran comedy actors Amy Sedaris and Neil FlynnSitting down at Variety‘s SXSW Studio in Austin on Saturday, series creator Meredith Scardino revealed that the beloved Sedaris and Flynn will star as the parents of Busy Philipps’ character Summer Dutkowsky — one of the members of the titular girl group fighting for a comeback.Sedaris is best known for her iconic Comedy Central series “Strangers With Candy,” as well as dozens of memorable film and TV roles in work like “Broad City” and “Maid in Manhattan.” She was also Emmy nominee for her crafting series “At Home with Amy Sedaris.”Flynn co-lead the long-running ABC sitcom “The Middle,” for which he was Critics Choice Award-nominated. He was also a recurring mainstay on “Scrubs.” His film credits include playing Lindsay Lohan’s father in “Mean Girls,” “Major League,” and Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Magnolia.” Scardino was joined in-studio by her lead cast Philipps, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sara Bareilles, and Paula Pell.When we last saw the women of “Girls5Eva,” they’d rocked a local Jingle Ball concert with their eponymous hit, which Scardino said provides a glimmer of professional hope for the next batch of episodes.“The bet paid off, because somebody in the crowd noticed them and gave them a small record deal.  So, this season is about them making their first album on their own terms,” she said.The group also gave credit for the show’s alchemy to executive producer Tina Fey, who was invaluable in putting the cast together.
John Mulaney - Mike Birbiglia - Tony Hernandez - Jennifer Maas - Imagine Entertainment Hires Jax Media Execs Sarah Madigan and John Skidmore for Key Roles (EXCLUSIVE) - - Russia - city Broad
Imagine Entertainment Hires Jax Media Execs Sarah Madigan and John Skidmore for Key Roles (EXCLUSIVE)
Jennifer Maas TV Business WriterJax Media executives Sarah Madigan and John Skidmore have joined Imagine Entertainment, the parent company of Jax, as head of business affairs and strategic partnerships and head of production, respectively, Variety has learned exclusively.Both will continue in their current roles at Jax Media, with Madigan remaining head of business affairs and Skidmore, a founding partner of Jax Media, still chief operating officer of the Imagine Entertainment-owned production company.Skidmore, who will be overseeing all projects across all divisions for Imagine, has produced some of Jax’s most popular titles, including “Broad City,” “Search Party,” “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” “Russian Doll” and the Netflix stand-up specials “Chris Rock: Tamborine,” “John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous” and “Mike Birbiglia: The New One.” Madigan currently runs business affairs at Jax Media and previously held roles at MGM and Netflix.“Skidmore is a founding member of Jax and Madigan has been integral to the company’s growth over the past few years, and we couldn’t imagine doing this new job without them,” Imagine Entertainment presidents Tony Hernandez and Lilly Burns said in a joint statement to Variety.Jax Media co-founders Hernandez and Burns were promoted to co-presidents of Imagine Entertainment in January and continue to lead Jax Media as CEO and CCO, respectively.