Amanda Peet is moving from kick the can to baseball.
According to Deadline, the Togetherness actress will star alongside Hank Azaria (The Simpsons, Ray Donovan, The Smurfs) in his IFC comedy series Brockmire.
The eight episode series, from Funny or Die, is based on both a comedy short and character from Azaria. Jim Brockmire (Azaria) is a veteran MLB announcer who has a meltdown on national television after finding out his wife has been cheating on him. A decade later, Brockmire comes back to the job he was once famous for doing, but this time he is calling games at the minor league level for the Morristown Frackers.
In Brockmire, Peet will play Jules, the determined owner of ragtag minor league baseball team the Morristown Frackers.
There was a chance that a Brockmire project from Azaria wouldn’t be able to happen. Back in 2014, The Hollywood Reporter detailed Hank Azaria’s legal troubles with Craig Bierko over the copyrights of the Jim Brockmire baseball announcer character. Azaria ended up winning the suit, with U.S. District Judge Gary Feess noting that “it is therefore like those character driven movies where audiences watch more for the character — Tarzan, Superman, Sherlock Holmes, or James Bond — than the story. For these reasons, the Court finds that Jim Brockmire is sufficiently distinct to warrant copyright protection.”
Judge Feess had a much less favorable ruling for Bierko’s sports announcer character, stating that, “Defendant has offered no description of him other than that he is ‘a white, male baseball announcer,’ who expresses himself in a ‘uniquely American and arguably musical’ fashion.”
The Brockmire series is set to air sometime in early 2017. It is written by Joel Church-Cooper, a writer on Undateable, The Rotten Tomatoes Show and Men at Work. The series will be directed by Tim Kirkby, who is most well known for directing episodes of comedies like Man Seeking Woman, Veep, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Playing House. Both Kirkby and Church-Cooper are executive producers on the series with Azaria, alongside emmy-winner Mike Farah (Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, Billy on the Street, @midnight) and Joe Farrell (@midnight, Ferrell Takes the Field, Comedy Central’s All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special) from Funny or Die.