Interview: Hank Azaria on going live-action for Brockmire and his most painful Simpsons character

For several years, Hank Azaria has been most familiar to television audiences as the voice of literally hundreds of characters on The Simpsons, including fan favorites like bar owner Moe, Chief Wiggum, and Professor Frink. But this spring Azaria steps back in front of the camera to star in Brockmire as the namesake major-league baseball announcer whose career derails after he has a meltdown on air. He then gets shunted off to announce for a small-town minor-league team, where he’s soon intrigued by the team owner, played by Amanda Peet. At the Television Critics Association press tour in January, Azaria sat down with us to discuss his new starring role on live-action TV, his love of baseball, and which characters are the most difficult for him after all these years on The Simpsons. Brockmire debuts Wednesday, April 5, at 10 p.m. Eastern on IFC.

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