We've seen the occasional athlete host 'Saturday Night Live' or try their hand at action movies (Howie Long went down in a storm of fire with 1998's 'Firestorm'). Most acting attempts by athletes aren't great, but Suggs is especially funny in 'The League.' He even keeps up with improvisational star Paul Scheer, who plays Andre on the show, in this behind-the-scenes video.
The producers opened big by sending the crew to Las Vegas for their fantasy draft, where Cincinnati Bengal Chad Ochocinco made a cameo. The move paid off; viewers of its big-brother show 'It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia' and sports fans alike have latched on, and 'The League' just might be breaking out this season.
On the latest episode, the gang travels to Las Vegas to do some partying. But whether they're in a strip club or a regular club, or just lounging around the pool, the guys' fascination with choosing the right NFL players remains the same.
Case in point: The guys do in fact go to a strip club, but there they learn that a stripper named "Ambrosia" is a fantasy football expert. How does she know so much? "[NFL] players come in here," she says. "They tell me everything they know." Oh. That makes sense. It seems like it would be pretty hard to resist sweet Ambrosia.
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.
FX's 'Always Sunny,' 'Archer' and 'The League' Bring the Funny... Just Not to the Press Tour - TCA Reports
When I noticed the schedule for FX's TCA panels today, I was happy to see that the cable net bunched all the comedies in the afternoon, when the critics were supposedly punchy and might have wanted a good laugh.
But something odd happened: All three of the comedy panels -- for 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' 'The League' and 'Archer ' -- weren't all that funny. And they weren't even trying, for the most part.
Who knew comedy was such a serious business?
The 'Always Sunny' crew was supposed to do a table read, but with Charlie Day off doing a movie and unable to attend, that got scuttled. So it was 45 minutes of Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney and Kaitlin Olson talking in relatively serious tones about how the show has grown and the issues they wanted to tackle. Even the normally wacky Danny DeVito became unusually reserved after the first few minutes. Maybe the FX folks saw Cloris Leachman's funny but scattered performance during yesterday's panel for the FOX show 'Raising Hope' and didn't want that to happen two days in a row.
Fans can check out the new season of critically acclaimed 'Sons of Anarchy' on Tue., Sept. 7 at 10PM. 'Sons of Anarchy,' which stars Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman and Charlie Hunnam, follows an outlaw motorcycle gang. The show was created by Kurt Sutter, who also serves as an executive producer and showrunner.
Meanwhile, FX will debut its new comedy 'Terriers' on Wed., Sept. 8 at 10PM. 'Terriers' centers around Donal Logue's ex-cop character Hank Dolworth, who opens up an unlicensed private investigation agency. 'Terriers' was created by Ted Griffin ('Oceans Eleven').
(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.
FX announced Wednesday that it has ordered 13 new episodes of the fantasy-football-themed comedy, more than doubling its six-episode bounty for season 1, which wraps up Thursday night.
- At 8, ABC has a new FlashForward, followed by new episodes of Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice.
- CBS has a new Survivor, then new episodes of CSI and The Mentalist.
- NBC has a new Community, followed by new episodes of Parks and Recreation, The Office, 30 Rock, and The Jay Leno Show.
- FOX has new episodes of Bones and Fringe.
- The CW has a new Vampire Diaries at 8, then a new Supernatural.
- At 9, Spike has a new TNA Wrestling.
- Cartoon Network has a new Total Drama Action at 9.
- TLC has a new American Chopper at 9.
- Current has a new SuperNews at 9.
- Also at 9: History Channel has two new episodes of WWII in HD.
- At 10, Lifetime has the season finale of Project Runway, followed by the season finale of Models of the Runway.
- FX has a new It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia at 10, then a new episode of The League.
- At 10:30, Current has a new Rotten Tomatoes Show.
- At 3AM, FOX News has a new Red Eye.
Check your local TV listings for more.
After the jump, the late night talk shows.
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.
Louis C.K. is, hands down, the funniest and most productive comedian working in America today. He has taped his third stand-up special in three years, called Hilarious, which is set to come out later this year or early next year. I've seen him perform the material for it, and it's just as funny as the first two. And he's already dropped most of that material in favor of a new hour of material intended for another special. That's a tremendous pace for any stand-up comedian. George Carlin, the guy who inspired C.K. to do this, is the only other comic I can think of to keep to a schedule like that.
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