Simpsons star Hank Azaria is going from the voice-over booth to the press box with his new series Brockmire, in which he plays a disgraced former MLB broadcaster who restarts his career calling games for a minor league team.
The IFC comedy is the latest topic of discussion for Bingeworthy hosts Jessica Shaw and Touré, and the latter says it’s a home run.
“This is one of those moments where you see an actor has created this character who he loves, and he fully draws the character from head to toe, and then he gets a chance to really do it and really show us who this character is,” Touré says. “You can tell Hank Azaria just loves Brockmire, this sort of brilliant, crotchety, classic announcer who’s down on his luck and trying to find his way. It’s like once he goes in the booth, everything is good — except for his wife messing up his life, and his alcoholism.”
While Shaw agrees that Azaria and costar Amanda Peet acquit themselves well, she’s less keen on some of the show’s more conventional elements, like the romantic subplot and underdog antics. “I just thought, ‘Don’t be that show — you’re better than that. Don’t do that,'” Shaw says. “I’m sure there’s a sports metaphor there somewhere, but I just don’t know it.”
Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10 p.m. on IFC.
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