A League of Their Own series co-creator and star Abbi Jacobson called Amazon Prime’s cancellation of the show “cowardly” after a company representative confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that it had decided to stop work on the already-ordered second season because of the ongoing Screen Writers Guild (WGA) and Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP).
“What luck I have had to get to tell these stories and play this character I love so much. What a rare thing in life. And so I am sad today,” Jacobson wrote on Instagram. “To blame this cancellation on the strike, (which is an essential fight for fair wages, protections and working conditions, etc…) is bullshit and cowardly.”
In the television adaptation of Penny Marshall’s 1992 film of the same name, follows two protagonists: Jacobson’s Carson Shaw — a woman looking to start the Rockford Peaches women’s baseball team; and Chanté Adams’ Max Chapman, a queer black woman who aspires to be a baseball star. We loved the queer storytelling A League of Their Own offered, and many, including Jacobson, will mourn the loss of such a special show.
“This post here is about the special show I was lucky to make with so many incredibly talented artists and actors and writers and crew. A show I’m so proud of. Filled to the brim with stories worth telling. Full of so much heart and soul and value,” Jacobson continued in her Instagram post. “Thank you for watching. To the five. ❤️”