Fans of IFC’s hilarious and raunchy “Brockmire,” don’t fear — the series will be back for a second season.
The network found the comedy, starring Hank Azaria and Amanda Pete, to be so irresistably funny they they renewed the series for a second season even before it’s premiere a few weeks ago. The show will have eight episodes in 2018.
In its first season, the comedic profile of the life and times of washed up baseball play-by-play man Jim Brockmire built toward a spectacular climax, as baseball personalities in real life collided with Brockmire as he went toe to toe with Fox’s Joe Buck.
The series was at its best in the first season juxtaposing Brockmire’s old-school baseball demeanor with the millenial, cyber kid generation of today. After an on-air meltdown relegated Brockmire to living and working in Asia, he returned to work for a struggling minor league club owned by Pete’s Jules. Their shared alcoholism is the butt of many of the series’ best jokes, as is the futility of the baseball product they both put on the field.
The season ends as Brockmire considers a big and alluring career opportunity.
“This show is the most fun I’ve ever had,” Azaria, best known for his voice work on “The Simpsons,” told Variety. “Well, the most fun I’ve ever had while working, anyway. It is truly my favorite thing I’ve ever done. Well, while being filmed, that is. Thanks to IFC for letting us do whatever we wanted to. Well, mostly.”
The show makes its audiance relish in “schottenfreude,” as the protagonist’s mishaps, misteps and struggles provide for exhilarating humor.
A second season of “Brockmire” will air on IFC sometime in the spring of 2018.