‘Brockmire’ is an American comedy series that follows the life of a defamed Jim Brockmire who was once a popular major league baseball announcer. He makes a remarkable re-entry into the field after overcoming the humiliation of a scandal involving unfaithfulness of his wife named Jules James. He had also suffered a public meltdown in his career. He comes back to reclaim his career a decade later in a small town in America that is home to minor league’s Morristown Frackers.
‘Brockmire’ started a few years back after a small video clip went viral on the Funny or Die website. The series first premiered on 5th April 2017 and airs on the IFC Network. ‘Brockmire’ is directed by Tim Kirkby who has worked on ‘Veep‘ and ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine‘. The executive producers are Hank Azaria, Joe Farrell, Joel Church-Cooper, Tim Kirkby, Mike Farah as well as Mike Farah with Funny or Die and How 2 Pictures.
Moving on and reclaiming one’s life, especially if you have had a public meltdown is a hard thing to do. This is especially true because you simply do not have it in you to pick up the pieces and build it up again. If you are a public figure, then the people never let you forget it and you simply cannot live it down. However, ‘Brockmire’ is the story of a person who did exactly that. This tale of perseverance and overcoming personal and professional hurdles to get back in the saddle, metaphorically, is what has drawn a large number of fans to this show. Critics have also praised it saying, “Brockmire insinuates itself as the series goes on, elevated by assured, compelling performances from Hank Azaria and Amanda Peet — and a raw humor all its own.”
Brockmire Cast: Who is in it?
The main characters of this series, ‘Brockmire’, are as follows: Hank Azaria of ‘The Simpsons‘ fame as Jim Brockmire is the main character who is an alcoholic as well as a drug user. He is the former announcer of Kansas City. He was fired in 2007 for an on-air tirade against his unfaithful wife and then managed to make things worse at the subsequent press conference where he was supposed to fix things. Since then, he has had to tour Asia and other countries calling non-traditional sporting events like cockfighting.
Amanda Peet of ‘The Whole Nine Yards’ fame plays Jules James who owns the Morristown Frackers and the town’s main bar. She is known for her competitive nature and can go to any limits to gain the attention of the fans. Tyrel Jackson Williams plays Charles who is the head of digital media in the Frackers. He is also an expert in computers and technology but does not possess a lot of athletic ability or interest in sports including baseball for that matter.
Other recurring members of this series include Paul Rae as Dale, Molly Ephraim as Bartender, Steve Coulter as Coach PomPom, Alex Phipps as Ryan Stanton, Toby Huss as Johnny the Hat, Ethan Daniels as Bat Boy Calhoun, Hemky Madera as Pedro Uribe, Adan Rocha as Danny Cruz, Ryan Lee as John Elton and Daisuke Tsuji as Yoshi Takatsu. There have been several other characters over the seasons, including the notable J.K. Simmons of ‘Counterpart‘ and ‘Whiplash‘ fame, who appears in the role of Matt “The Bat” Hardesty, a former baseball player, who is now a sports announcer.