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Behind the Scenes of 'The League' With Paul Scheer and Terrell Suggs

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 5th 2010 6:40PM
FX's 'The League' has definitely upped its game this year, with the season 2 premiere featuring much-loved Cincinnati Bengals' wide receiver Chad Ochocinco. And last Thursday sports fans enjoyed guest appearances from Baltimore Ravens' linebacker Terrell Suggs and Cleveland Browns' receiver Josh Cribbs.

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.

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Who In 'The League' Drafted The Best Fantasy Football Team?

by Ryan McKee, posted Sep 24th 2010 12:50PM
The second season of FX's 'The League,' a show about five man-children and their fantasy football league, premiered to its best ratings ever last week.

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.

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'The League' Premiere -- Getting Football Advice From a Stripper (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 17th 2010 5:17AM
'The League' Premiere -- Getting Football Advice From a StripperThere's always the difficult problem of figuring out when an obsession has gone too far. 'The League' (Thu., 10:30PM ET on FX) is about a bunch of friends in, well, a fantasy football league.

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.

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'The League' Cast & Creators Talk Guest Stars, D*** Jokes & Season 2 (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 13th 2010 2:45PM
The LeagueLet's make one thing clear: 'The League' isn't just for fantasy football fanatics. According to creators Jeff and Jackie Schaffer, you don't even need to know anything about fantasy ... you just have to have friends you hate.

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.

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FX's 'Always Sunny,' 'Archer' and 'The League' Bring the Funny... Just Not to the Press Tour - TCA Reports

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 3rd 2010 11:34PM
Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito at the TCA 2010 panel for 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'
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.

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FX Sets Premiere Dates for 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'It's Always Sunny' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 15th 2010 2:00PM
Sons of AnarchyMark your calendars, FX Fans: The network has just set September premiere dates for four of its popular shows -- 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' 'Terriers' and 'The League.'

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').

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Review: The League - The Shiva Bowl (season finale)

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 10th 2009 11:02PM
(L-R): Stephan Rannazzisi, Paul Sheer, and Mark Duplass in the season one finale of FX's 'The League.'
(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.

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FX renews The League

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 10th 2009 12:38PM

The League on FXLooks 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.

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FX Reups 'The League' for Season Two

by Daniel Frankel, posted Dec 9th 2009 7:05PM
'The League' is coming back for a second season.

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.

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What's On Tonight: Bones, Vampire Diaries, 30 Rock, Project Runway

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 19th 2009 12:29PM
The Office
  • 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.

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The League -- An early look

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Oct 28th 2009 9:01AM
The cast of FX's 'The League.'
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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Fox Renews 'Glee' for Full Season & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Sep 22nd 2009 12:33PM
Glee renewedFox gives 'Glee' a full-season order, 'House' premieres strong, FX sets a premiere date for 'The League' and more of today's top TV headlines.

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New FX comedies include Louie from Louis C.K.

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 21st 2009 2:02PM
Louis C.K. from HilariousFX has announced a couple of interesting new additions to its slate of comedies - The League, about a fantasy football league, and Louie, an autobiographical sitcom starring Louis C.K. (Variety broke the news Wednesday). The League features some talented comedians, namely Paul Scheer (from Human Giant), Nick Kroll, and Jon Lajoie. But it's Louie that I'm most interested in.

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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Oprah Books Whitney Houston Interview & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 20th 2009 12:36PM
Whitney Houston Oprah WinfreyWhitney Houston to appear on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show''s season premiere, Shelley Long returns to television, John Hawkes joins 'Lost' and more of today's top TV headlines.

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Jennifer Garner Signs Deal With ABC Studios & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 15th 2009 12:45PM
Jennifer Garner and Kathy Griffin

Jennifer Garner signs a production deal with ABC Studios, Kathy Griffin will host the Schmemmys, 'True Blood' continues to dominate the ratings and more of today's top TV headlines.

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