TVLine Items: Brockmire Renewed, Sponsors Bail on Bill O'Reilly and More

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IFC has renewed Brockmire for a second season — just hours before the new, Hank Azaria-led comedy steps up to the plate.

Brockmire, which stars its executive producer Azaria (The Simpsons) as the titular character, follows a famous baseball announcer 10 years after a public meltdown (triggered by his learning of his wife’s infidelity) that ruined his reputation and made him a viral sensation. The show’s cast also includes Amanda Peet (Togetherness) as the strong-willed owner of the Morristown Frackers minor league team and Tyrel Jackson Williams (Lab Rats) as an social media-savvy intern.

“This show is the most fun I’ve ever had. Well, the most fun I’ve ever had while working, anyway,” says Hank Azaria. “It is truly my favorite thing I’ve ever done. Well, while being filmed, that is. Thanks to IFC for letting us do whatever we wanted to. Well, mostly.”

The series premieres tonight at 10/9c on IFC. Season 2’s eight episodes will premiere in 2018.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* At last count, a total of 21 31 advertisers — including Mercedes-Benz, Bayer, Allstate and Wayfair — have pulled their spots from Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, in the wake of host Bill O’Reilly being linked to harassment settlements involving five different women.

* Stephen Colbert’s Late Show will be experimenting with their repeat episodes airing Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7 at 11:50/10:50c on CBS. The two episodes will be “hybrid” in nature, combining new cold opens, monologues and guest interviews with “encore” guest interviews, as reported by our sister site Deadline.

* Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire) has joined BBC’s The Child in Time as the estranged wife of Benedict Cumberbatch’s (Sherlock) Stephen Lewis. The drama has also added Stephen Campbell Moore (The Wrong Mans) and Saskia Reeves (Shetland) as Lewis’ best friends, according to our sister site Variety.

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