WATCH: Hank Azaria’s “Brockmire” Trailer is a Home Run

  • Geoff Magliocchetti

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to see Kenny Powers become a baseball announcer? On April 5, IFC may have your answer.

The Independent Film Channel is set to premiere Brockmire on that day, a television series dedicated to Jim Brockmire, a web character popularized by beloved actor Hank Azaria on the comedy website Funny or Die. The series will star the versatile Azaria in the titular role, portraying a wise-cracking, binge-drinking baseball play-by-play man who seeks redemption in the minor leagues after a nationally televised on-air meltdown. Amanda Peet (Saving Silverman) and Tyrell Jackson Williams (Failure to Launch) will co-star.

It’s always awesome to see Azaria in anything. We’ve spent nearly three decades hearing his voice every Sunday as one of the trademark voices of The Simpsons, but he’s recently earned some in-the-flesh screentime with turns in Ray Donovan and a pair of Smurfs films. It’s also going to be very interesting to see a series focus on a play-by-play guy. We’ve seen humorous turns from the profession before as minor characters, like Gary Cole’s Cotton McKnight in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story or Bob Uecker’s Harry Doyle in the Major League films, so we’re curious to see what can be done in a lead role.

Brockmire will premiere on April 5 at 10/9c on IFC.