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 footballís best and brightest. At itís 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 thatís not the perfect excuse for a comedy, Iím not sure what is.
Since the show not only resumes in about a week but is also moving nights and networks, itís probably past time to talk about the upcoming fifth season of The League. The fantasy football comedy that was formerly a staple of FXís Thursday line-up will instead be airing Wednesday nights on FXX, co-anchoring the new network with Itís Always Sunny. And most of the pre-season promos have been focusing on the move, using the seriesí 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 ďfancession.Ē 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 TVBlendís 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 Foxís New Girl lined up this season, has just picked up a gig on FXís 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.
It's almost too bad that FX's The League is starting so soon. Wait! Here me out! It's just that the extra time would allow the fantasy football-based comedy to work the current NFL season into the show's fourth because the former has certainly provided more than enough fodder for the sitcom. The replacement referees, and their embarrassment of riches, may not make an appearance this year on The League...
Football fan or not, The League is one of the best comedies on TV. Of course, knowing a little about the sport helps, and playing in fantasy league yourself puts you firmly inside the inside jokes, but neither is essential to enjoying the small group of friends backstabbing and sabotaging each other in hopes of being Shiva Bowl Champion. FX recently released a few promos featuring Terrell Suggs as well as the group 'Tebowing' to start advertising the upcoming fourth season.
We already knew the return dates for a couple of FX's original series this fall, but the network has filled in the blanks, laying out the schedule for when their returning comedies and dramas (and The Ultimate Fighter Fridays) will make their fall debut. And it all starts with the roar of a motorcycle as Sons of Anarchy has its fifth season premiere set for next week.
Yesterday, we gave you our list of Top 10 Female Characters of 2011. Today, itís all about the men and looking back over the course of the year, itís not difficult to appreciate the excellent male characters that had us coming back for more, week after week. Our list includes a meth cook, a crafty Lannister, a software genius, and a dad/former-POW/potential terrorist.
FXís series The League pulled off another win for itself. The comedy series is currently in its third season and word is, fans can look forward to even more as the cable network has picked the series up for Season 4.