Extra innings? Abbi Jacobson has a lot of stories to tell in Prime Video’s A League of Their Own — and is making it count in season 1.
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“I think that we know a lot of tent poles of where we would go if we were able to do more seasons, but it’s just tricky now. I’ve never been the kind of person that operates where I just will get another season of anything. So my mind doesn’t operate like that,” the Broad City38-year-old alum exclusively tells Us Weekly. “I think for season 1, we were very much like, let’s tell as much of this as we can and make us as meaty and juicy and full in every way. Every character’s as full as we can make them in case we don’t get to make more.”
“But the end really, you know, we end on such cliffhangers, kind of in both sides of our world here,” she adds. “So I really hope we get to make more.”
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Jacobson and Will Graham co-created this series. Although it’s reimagined from the 1992 beloved film of the same name, it’s based more on the history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The series also focuses on sexuality, racism, and the likes of Penny Marshall’s movie.Geena Davis Lori Petty.
The DisenchantmentActor plays Carson Shaw, a married woman who joins a comedy league while her husband is away.Patrick J. Adams) is serving in World War II. The catcher explores her sexuality with Greta Gill (alongside joining the Rockford Peaches) and training.D’Arcy Carden).
“Our main baseball coach was Justine Siegal, who was the first woman to be hired in an MLB coaching staff. And she was sort of the head of the trainers, but all the other trainers below her were women who basically would be the modern-day** equivalent of the characters we were portraying on screen,” Jacobson explained to Us. “So it was this really incredible opportunity to be coached by them and to see what their lives are like and to see their athleticism and they’re incredible — to see them on the field was just sort of mind-blowing because all of us came to this show with different levels of skills.”
Although Jacobson “played softball as a kid,” she was well aware that she was never going “to be able to look like them” fully on the field.
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“But we could learn the dynamics of our specific positions,” she noted. “Batting would be first thing in the morning and just sort of what your body needs to do to be the best athlete. What your body needs and how to move and react to being a catcher or a heavy hitter. How does that work? So we had a lot more help. Everyone has doubles to slide and do bigger moves. But it was so helpful. From the beginning, I have definitely improved. I’m not a professional still, but it was a pretty great experience.”
Jacobson and Carden, both 42, are stars alongside Chanté Adams, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Roberta Colindrez, Kelly McCormack, Priscilla Delgado, Molly Ephraim, Melanie Field, Kate Berlant, Dale Dickey Nick Offerman.
A League of Their OwnPrime Video premieres Friday, August 12