West Sacramento, Calif. – Felicity Huffman looks to return to TV in a new baseball comedy based on the story of Susan Savage and the Sacramento River Cats. ABC has committed to producing a pilot written by Becky Hartman Edwards and stars, alongside Huffman, The Peanut Butter Falcon’s Zack Gottsagen.
West Sacramento, Calif. – Felicity Huffman looks to return to TV in a new baseball comedy based on the story of Susan Savage and the Sacramento River Cats. ABC has committed to producing a pilot written by Becky Hartman Edwards and stars, alongside Huffman, The Peanut Butter Falcon’s Zack Gottsagen. Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment saw the potential and brought together the group that attracted many offers before deciding to partner with ABC.
Based in Sacramento, the project will focus on the life of Susan Savage, CEO and majority owner of the River Cats, a Triple-A minor league baseball team. Savage took over as CEO of the River Cats when her late husband, Art Savage, passed away and asked her not to sell the team.
Susan runs the team with her two sons, Jeff and Brent. The story will highlight overcoming loss and grief, family dynamics at work, and the humor, fun, and surprises that go along with minor league baseball.
“There is still a long way to go,” reminds Savage, “but it is truly exciting to be at this point. Over the years, whether in an executive meeting or simply talking with one of our longtime fans, something uniquely funny would happen and we would always say that someone should put it in a TV show. Well, I decided to start writing it down and here we are.”
“When Art passed away, there were a lot of questions and I didn’t have the answers,” Susan continued. “However, this team was his dream so I jumped right in alongside my boys (Jeff and Brent) and we were going to figure this out one way or another. I am so proud of what we have been able to accomplish as a family, but along the way there are plenty of goofs and gaffs that we can laugh at now. Add that to our favorite fans, cheeky players, and quirky promotions, and I’m sure there is something everyone can laugh at and relate to.”
Savage also added that although the script was inspired by her story, Hartman Edwards writes with her own flare and creativity using new characters and loose interpretations.
About the Sacramento River Cats
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