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'Back in the Game': Will the James Caan comedy get another turn at bat?

The simplest way of explaining "Back in the Game," the new ABC comedy starring Maggie Lawson and James Caan, is to say that it's a modern-day version of "The Bad News Bears." Only in this case, the coach is a woman, and the crotchety old man is her father.Does it work?For the most part, yes. "Back in the Game" isn't an ambitious show, but it does accomplish its goal of simple, cheerful comedy about a group of misfits coming together. Good acting -- more or less a given with a name like James Caan -- and mostly likable characters keep the show going along with just enough laughs to make it all worthwhile.This is not to say the show is perfect -- far from it. In the premiere, plot advancement relies too much on all-too-familiar characters. There's the effeminate gay kid, the fat kid, et cetera. Even Terry the coach (Lawson) has a standard... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/back-in-the-game-will-the-james-caan-comedy-get-another-turn-at-bat.html

Back in the Game (ABC) Series Premiere 2013 “Pilot”

Back in the Game  premieres Wednesday, September 25th at 8:30-9:00 p.m. on ABC. Episode Synopsis:  Back in the Game Episode 1 “Pilot”- Terry Gannon Jr. was an All-Star softball player until life threw her a couple of curve balls — a baby, a lost college scholarship and a cheating loser for a husband. After striking out on her own, Terry and her son, Danny, move back in with her estranged father, Terry Sr., aka “The Cannon.” As hard as Terry tries to keep Danny away from the sports-driven lifestyle that corrupted her youth, Danny continues to be interested in baseball, so when Danny and a group of other athletically-challenged hopefuls fail to make the local youth baseball team, Terry reluctantly offers to coach the team of misfits, on the premiere of “Back in the Game,” WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2013/09/25/back-in-the-game-abc-series-premiere-2013-pilot/

'Back in the Game' premiere: Maggie Lawson likes being 'in the dirt with a bunch of kids'

Co-starring in one series hasn't prevented Maggie Lawson from doing another.The actress has been able to remain involved as police detective Juliet O'Hara in most episodes of the upcoming Season 8 of "Psych," the USA comedy-mystery, while also playing the female lead as the ABC sitcom"Back in the Game" premieres Wednesday (Sept. 25).The new show casts her as a single mom who becomes the coach of her son's (Griffin Gluck) Little League team ... despite her long-standing dislike of sports, one of the byproducts of her estrangement from the ex-ballplayer father (James Caan) she struggles to reunite with."It's really exciting," the pleasant Lawson tells Zap2it of her dual series duty. "It's sort of working different muscles."The wonderful thing about 'Psych' is that the writers have evolved those characters in such a way that almost every year, it's felt like we were delving into something different, whether it was something emotional or Juliet was becoming a badass.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/09/back-in-the-game-premiere-maggie-lawson-likes-being-in-the-dirt-with-a-bunch-of-kids.html

'Back in the Game' Creators on Finding Big Laughs From Little League

Brothers Mark and Robb Cullen talk with THR about finding inspiration from their own family and playing and coaching Little League.              //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/-yeSMerjlr8/story01.htm