A league apart
Streaming giant Amazon continues to work on its next TV adaptation of the popular comedy A League of Their Own, and already an iconic actor from the original film has announced its return.
In an interview with the Everything Iconic podcast with Danny Pellegrino, comedian Rosie O’Donnell announced that she would be returning to the franchise, but in a new role.
“I play a bartender in one of the local gay bar scenes,” O’Donnell said on the podcast. “I haven’t shot it yet; I will be shooting it in the coming months.
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“I love the women of Broad City and when I was told [Abbi Jacobson] was doing League, she called me up and said, “Ro, would you? “And I said, ‘In a minute,'” O’Donnell explained. “Then she sent me the pilot she did, and it was really beautiful.”
O’Donnell’s Broad City benchmark refers to queer actress Abbi Jacobson, who will star in the new series. O’Donnell’s comments also reveal an enthralling plot detail: The series will feature gay characters.
The original A League of Their Own starred Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna and Lori Petty alongside Rosie O’Donnell, and told a dramatized story of the all-female baseball team The Rockford Peaches. The Peaches were formed as part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League following the World War II men’s draft. The new show will follow a group of new characters building bonds of sportsmanship and friendship while playing in the league.
In addition to Abbi Jacobson, Nick Offerman, Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez and Priscilla Delgado star on the new show. Personally, we’re hoping to see a few more of the original cast showing up for cameos.