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The League is set to premiere its seventh and final season tonight, and while FXX has already said this last set of episodes will be the show’s last, the showrunners aren’t quite so certain. Jeff and Jackie Schaffer recently spoke out about the possibility for more The League down the line.
Coming into its final season, FXX’s The League needed to give its fans one last reason to stay tuned, and boy did it succeed.
With each new year comes new beginnings, whether in the form of resolutions to become happier with oneself, or in the form of frustration over trying to get taxes done. But, sadly, 2015 in particular will mark the endings for a slew of popular TV series all over the network-sphere.
Today, FXX simultaneously gave us some good news and bad news when the network made an announcement about The League. On the bright side, The League will be returning for a seventh season next year. However, unfortunately Season 7 will also be the final season for the show.
With the six season premiere headed onto the FXX schedule tonight, we sat down and thought about all of the fantasy football lessons The League has taught us.We feel we’ve come up with a pretty good list, but if there’s anything additional you’ve learned from The League, feel free to let us know.
Who would have thought that moving nights and networks would have a negative effect on the ratings? It stands to reason that the two-way trade, moving The League from FX to FXX and from Thursdays to Wednesdays, is mostly responsible for the fantasy football comedy's drop in numbers, especially since it started the fifth season off strong. And a visit from "Rafi and Dirty Randy" should help.
The League is moving to a new network this month, but the guys and gal in the series are up to the same sort of hijinks, which include plenty of off-color jokes, a destination draft, and guest appearances from some of football’s best and brightest. At it’s heart, The League is still about coming together to mercilessly tease and trample upon anyone who might stand in the way of the ultimate goal of winning the Shiva trophy and being declared league winner. If that’s not the perfect excuse for a comedy, I’m not sure what is.
Since the show not only resumes in about a week but is also moving nights and networks, it’s probably past time to talk about the upcoming fifth season of The League. The fantasy football comedy that was formerly a staple of FX’s Thursday line-up will instead be airing Wednesday nights on FXX, co-anchoring the new network with It’s Always Sunny. And most of the pre-season promos have been focusing on the move, using the series’ never-ending list of NFL guest stars spread the word.
While The League is currently between seasons, Mark Duplass and his brother Jay have been keeping busy playing midwives Brendan and Duncan Deslarier on Fox's The Mindy Project, and also working on a single-camera comedy pilot called Togetherness for HBO. The duo is writing, directing and executive-producing the comedy, but neither was planning to star in it. Now it looks like that situation has changed for Mark, as he's reportedly set to play one of the leads.
Smartly, FXX is also bringing in some big names from the past to shore up their roster-- reruns of Arrested Development and Aaron Sorkin's short-lived Sports Night will also be airing on the new network, which is launching into 74 million homes on September 2. They're also planning to add six original comedies as well as original dramas to the lineup-- an ambitious roster for any new channel, but probably just a logical next step for a network that's had as many slam-dunks in recent years as FX.
Television, like life, is sometimes just about showing up. However, when obsession is involved, a love for a television show can take on a new meaning. Many of us may re-watch our favorite episodes or even buy our favorite seasons on Blu-ray or DVD, but if we are serious fans who truly obsess, there are a multitude of ways we may show that “fancession.” So, what does it take to be a true obsessive of a TV series?
Of all the shows that made us laugh this year, some stood out from the crowd. What makes a great comedy may be a matter of personal taste, but in our opinion these series all came out on top this year. From freshman comedies to long-running favorites, these shows kept us in stitches and gave us an escape to look forward to with every new episode. Presented in no particular order, here are TVBlend’s top 10 comedies of 2012.
Brooklyn Decker is adding another TV guest role to her resume. The actress, who already has a guest spot on Fox’s New Girl lined up this season, has just picked up a gig on FX’s fantasy football comedy The League, where her character is a beautiful but unpleasant figure from the past.
The League is two solid episodes into Season 4, with "Training Camp" and "The Hoodie" both bringing the goods, but this week's installment looks like it could put the others to shame. Episode 3, "The Freeze Out," doesn't just have the return of everyone's favorite psychopath but also one of the first non-football related big guest stars with Justified's Timothy Olyphant appearing on the FX comedy as an unlikely sushi chef. Take a look.
FX has built a fantastic stable of comedic and dramatic series, from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to Sons of Anarchy, that it only makes sense for the network to use the talented actors already on the payroll when it comes to booking guest stars. And no, Charlie Day isn't headed to Charming, although that would be amazing, instead two other original program from the cable channel are mixing it up with Justified's resident cowboy making an appearance on The League.