According to TVGuide.com, FX has ordered 13 episodes of the semi-improvisational comedy, which follows the members of a Chicago fantasy football league. Season 2 got off to a record-breaking start, and ratings overall were up four percent, with the show averaging 1.4 million viewers per episode.
Speaking about the renewal, exec producers Jackie ('Disturbia') and Jeff ('Curb Your Enthusiasm') Schaffer said, "We're thrilled to be doing a third season with our amazing cast and the most audacious network around."
After a fun first season -- that was, admittedly, done in a little bit of a rush -- Season 2 of the FX show (premieres Thurs., Sept. 16, 10:30PM ET) kicks things up a notch with more d*** jokes, more hookups and bigger guest stars, including Lake Bell and Chad "Child Please" Ochocinco.
I caught up with stars Paul Scheer, Katie Aselton, Stephen Rannazzisi, Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll and Jon Lajoie, as well as the hilarious Schaffers, to hear all about what's in store this season, and the result is this fine bleep-filled video.
(S01E06) "What I tell you? Hot girl. Volkswagen Jetta. It's a law! Like water. Or dinosaurs." - Taco
I really want to like The League. It's full of things I love in a TV show -- male camaraderie, football, and endless dick jokes -- yet I still can't get into it. But, the like the good little TV blogger that I am, I re-screened the first five episodes before viewing the season finale earlier today to make sure I gave it a fair shake.
The League is far from the worst thing on TV, and it's definitely the the best comedy FX has rolled out since It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. However, I'm gonna stick with what I've said already -- there's some serious potential here, but a lot of things need to change before The League returns for its second season next summer.
Looks like FX has finally found a friend for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia -- the network announced yesterday that it was renewing The League for a thirteen episode second season.
While this doesn't come a surprise, I'm still not 100% sold. In my initial review of The League, I wasn't high on it for numerous reasons. There was far too much reliance on one-off jokes only intended to create buzz (vaginal hubris, anyone?) and Jon Lajoie seemed like he had no purpose other than singing YouTube-friendly potty-mouthed songs. Factor in the utter lack of meaningful football references and the show was all over the place.
Fantasy football is a tricky thing. You either love it or you hate it and that largely depends on whether you're good or bad at it. For the most part, the same can be said about FX's newest comedy The League. When it's good, it is good, but when it's bad... well, you get the picture.
The show, which premieres tomorrow night, Thursday 10/29, at 10:30 p.m. after It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, is FX's first solid attempt to produce a lasting companion piece to Sunny and, given some of its predecessors (like Starved or Testees), it'd be easy to write The League off. But, like a two-minute drill that gradually picks up steam, The League might actually go... all... the... way.
OK -- no more football metaphors.
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