Abbi Jacobson, a Wayne native and Conestoga High School graduate, is the driving force behind Amazon’s new A League of Their Own show, writes Alexis Soloski for the New York Times.
Jacobson co-created and stars in the series that expands on the story told in the popular 1992 movie. She plays Carson Shaw, the catcher for the Rockford Peaches. While the character is invented, the team was part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Carson becomes the de facto team leader in the show, and as a creator, executive producer, and the series’ star, Jacobson got to lead a team off-screen as well.
This is not a new role for her, as she already had a long-running hit show she cocreated with Ilana Glazer under her belt. The unladylike comedy Broad City had five successful seasons before ending in 2019.
During the five-month-long shooting of her new show that premiers on August 12 on Amazon Prime, Jacobson also got several opportunities to show off her formidable baseball skills.
“She’s really good,” said Will Graham, the show’s co-creator. “Abbi is constantly self-effacing and self-deprecating but is actually a badass.”
Read more about Abbi Jacobson in the New York Times.