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'The League' stars on improv, rivalries and fantasy football

26 October 2013 12:32 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) Sitting down with the creators and cast of Fxx Network’s The League, it’s easy to see how each actor has a different style and approach and how that echoes what viewers see on screen. Co-creators Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus-Schaffer were joined by cast members Mark Duplass, Jon Lajoie, Stephen Rannazzisi, Paul Scheer, Jason Mantzoukas and Katie Aselton at the New York Comic Con to show off a rough cut of an upcoming episode and to talk with the press afterward. The husband and wife team of Schaffer and Marcus-Schaffer hadn’t previously worked together, but both were interested in improv. He »

- Alex Dueben, Comic Book Resources

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Fxx’s The League Leaves Comic Con’s Main Hall In Stiches [New York Comic Con 2013]

13 October 2013 4:51 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Writer Jeff Schaffer described the cast of The League as “the Justice League of comedy all-stars,” and if you attended the NY Comic Con panel for Fxx’s smash hit comedy, you’ll know exactly why. It’s not like I needed any more convincing either, as I’ve been watching this hilarious look into Fantasy Football since the very first episode, and haven’t stopped laughing since.

Finishing off my Comic Con experience on a high note, Sunday started off for me with this riotous panel featuring the following talents: writers Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Schaffer, Stephen Rannazzisi, Katie Aselton, Mark Duplass, Jon Lajoie, Jason Mantzoukas, and Paul Scheer. Only missing Nick Kroll, these tremendously funny people showed why The League can rely so heavily on improvisation and still be one of the funniest shows on TV.

Starting the panel off, we were given a special screening of a »

- Matt Donato

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Wednesday Comedy Roundup: Back in the Game 1.02, Modern Family 5.03, Super Fun Night 1.01, Always Sunny 9.05, The League 5.05

3 October 2013 11:05 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Back in the Game, Season 1, Episode 2, “Stay In or Bail Out”

Directed by Eric Appel

Written by Warren Lieberstein

Airs Wednesdays at 8:30pm Est on ABC

Following its awkward pilot last week, Back in the Game continues to struggle with establishing the format of the show. Although “Stay In or Bail Out” successfully moves the characters forward, it fails to show the audience how the show will operate each week. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just means the audience can’t fully decide whether the show is worth investing time in yet.

Back in the Game has a very interesting premise, and with two polar opposites working together, the show should provide some laughs, but at the moment this is something it’s failing to do. Although the show appears to be about kids playing baseball, Back in the Game actually focuses on a strong female »

- Catstello

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Exclusive: Director Evan Goldberg Talks This Is the End

1 October 2013 5:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Evan Goldberg Talks This is the End, available now on Blu-ray and DVD

Was This Is the End the funniest movie of the summer? Definitely. Will it end up being the funniest movie of the year? It will be a close race, that's for sure. What sounded like a vanity project for some of this generation's biggest and brightest stars actually proves to be one of the most inventive, scary, and downright hysterical comedies of all time. Its this millennium's Ghostbusters, and it finds Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and James Franco all living in a house together, trying to survive the apocalypse.

The film marks the directorial debut of writing partners Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who brought us the now classic Superbad and its equally iconic follow-up Pineapple Express. We recently caught up with Evan to talk about the evolution of the film, »

- MovieWeb

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Wednesday Comedy Roundup: Back in the Game 1.01, Modern Family 5.01 & 5.02, Always Sunny 9.04, The League 5.04

26 September 2013 3:52 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Back in the Game, Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot“ 

Directed by Robb & Mark Cullen

Written by John Requa & Glenn Ficarra

Airs Wednesdays at 8:30pm Est on ABC

Following the success of HBO’s Eastbound and Down and FX/Fxx’s The League, it was only a matter of time before more sports-driven sitcoms emerged. The Back In The Game’s pilot isn’t the strongest or the most inspiring, but it’s certainly not the worst either. The premise of the show is quite promising because it’s focused on likeable, underdog type of characters instead of just obnoxious men (unlike some of the other new shows). Although there are a few horrible and sexist men present, the pilot suggests that the rest of the series will be spent exploring how our female leads challenge and outsmart them. Although that’s the driving force of the show, a large part of »

- Catstello

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Wednesday Comedy Roundup: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia 9.03, The League 5.03

19 September 2013 8:10 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 9, Episode 3, “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award”

Directed by Richie Keen

Written by Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm (Est) on Fxx

In comparison with the first two episodes, this week’s installment of It’s Always Sunny is a bit of a dud. The season starts off hilariously and leaves high expectations for the following episodes, so it’s disappointing when they don’t live up to this. “The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award” does most things right, it follows the same formula and constantly shows how these people are truly terrible human beings, but it doesn’t provide many laughs.

The premise for the episode and entire set-up is fine, but they could have done something a little more creative with the situation. It’s the first time The Gang have shown any interest in the award, »

- Catstello

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“The League” Tackles AIDS Jealousy. “Full Blownsies”

16 September 2013 10:02 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

The League airs on Fxx

In March, we wrote about television’s lack of appetite for characters dealing with HIV infection. Those that had tackled the subject were mostly heavy dramas like ER or Brothers & Sisters, or gay-centric, like Queer As Folk.

So when I read that the Fxx series The League, an unapologetically crude comedy, was introducing a character with HIV, I took notice. The League revolves around some vile guys who hold an annual fantasy football league together. They treat each other horribly, insult the smallest thing brutally and without taste, and generally display behavior towards their friends that wouldn’t be tolerated on Big Brother. I braced myself for the worst.

In the recent Season 5 opener Adam Brody shows up as “Ted”, the previously mentioned but never seen California member of the fantasy league. He lives in California, is rich and obnoxious. He won last year’s league, »

- Ed Kennedy

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Wednesday Comedy Roundup: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia 9.02, The League 5.02

12 September 2013 12:54 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 9, Episode 2, “Gun Fever Too: Still Hot”

Directed by Todd Biermann

Written by Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm (Est) on Fxx

Following last’s week solid season premiere, “Gun Fever Too: Still Hot” features a mass of even better moments. Operating like a “many years later” sequel to season 1′s “Gun Fever”, episode two of this season consists of The Gang getting super heated over gun control issues in Philly. The episode begins with a brilliant opening: Frank chomping down a sandwich and ranting about how more guns are needed on the streets, followed by a great scene which leads the gang to realise they’re hot about the opposite things.

There’s a lot going on in “Gun Fever Too: Still Hot”, but each character’s elaborate storyline ties together cleverly. Sure they are for guns, Charlie »

- Catstello

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Wednesday Comedy Roundup: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia 9.01, The League 5.01

5 September 2013 4:03 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Season 9, Episode 1, “The Gang Broke Dee”

Directed by Richie  Keen

Written by Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, and Rob McElhenney

Airs Wednesdays at 10pm (Est) on Fxx

Although It’s Always Sunny has become rather hit and miss, it’s always fun to get reacquainted with our favourite group of selfish, cruel, and depraved good-for-nothings. “The Gang Broke Dee” is a perfect reminder of everything we love about It’s Always Sunny, as well as a solid episode to kick off the new season.

It’s obvious the entire episode is one giant set-up for the payoff at the end, but the payoff is always the most entertaining part about this show. It’s Always Sunny follows a very classic sitcom structure, and thrives off that predictable kind of comedy. Even before the big reveal, “The Gang Broke Dee” still provides a number of laughs. »

- Catstello

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Clear History Blu-ray and DVD Arrive November 15th

25 August 2013 3:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The future is bright for fans of Curb Your Enthusiasm who are clamoring for a dose of Larry David to tickle their funny bones. In Clear History, David brings the improvisational style he has perfected over eight seasons of the HBO Golden Globe-winning comedy smash to the first HBO Films comedic title in recent years. Written as a story outline by David and the creative team behind Curb, the film features "an outstanding cast" (People Magazine) including Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson (Almost Famous), who put their improvisational skills to the test to provide non-stop laughs for the audience. Clear History streets on Blu-ray with Digital Copy ($24.99), DVD ($19.97) and Digital Download on November 5, 2013.

In Clear History, David stars as a marketing executive at a start-up electric car company who gives up his ten percent of the business after a »

- MovieWeb

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Clear History: TV Review

9 August 2013 10:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Larry David's new HBO film Clear History is in some ways a more successful reboot (and atonement?) of the 1998 film Sour Grapes, which he wrote and directed. David often has joked about that film's failures, but he seems to have learned from mistakes in a way his characters never do. Clear History covers similar ground to Sour Grapes -- money, greed and vengeance -- but David taking the lead role this time is what brings the whole work together. He also has collaborated with some of the writers (Alec Berg, David MandelJeff Schaffer) from his long-running HBO series Curb

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- Allison Keene

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Review: 'Clear History' Starring Larry David, Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton & Eva Mendes

9 August 2013 8:44 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

There are few people who have refined to hilarious perfection the intersection of circumstance, happenstance and neuroses quite like Larry David. As a writer/producer on "Seinfeld" and writer/producer/star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," he has created two extensive catalogs to a body of work where anxiety, superficial concerns and selfishness are also instantly relatable, and often gaspingly funny. And while the future of 'Curb' remains in limbo—David has remained undecided on another season, though the door at HBO is wide open for him to walk through at any time—he's instead focused his energy on feature-length movie for the network, that on paper seems like a homerun. Reteaming with "Seinfeld" and 'Curb' writer/producers Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, and lining up a staggering cast, the fact that "Clear History" misses the mark as wide as it does isn't so much a disappointment as a complete mystery. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: 'Clear History' Starring Larry David, Jon Hamm, Danny McBride, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton & Eva Mendes

9 August 2013 8:44 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are few people who have refined to hilarious perfection the intersection of circumstance, happenstance and neuroses quite like Larry David. As a writer/producer on "Seinfeld" and writer/producer/star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," he has created two extensive catalogs to a body of work where anxiety, superficial concerns and selfishness are also instantly relatable, and often gaspingly funny. And while the future of 'Curb' remains in limbo—David has remained undecided on another season, though the door at HBO is wide open for him to walk through at any time—he's instead focused his energy on feature-length movie for the network, that on paper seems like a homerun. Reteaming with "Seinfeld" and 'Curb' writer/producers Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, and lining up a staggering cast, the fact that "Clear History" misses the mark as wide as it does isn't so much a disappointment as a complete mystery. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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TV Review: ‘Clear History’

7 August 2013 7:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The character Larry David portrays in “Clear History,” his new HBO movie, is very close to the version of himself he plays in “Curb Your Enthusiasm” — only this guy impulsively threw away a fortune, instead of co-creating “Seinfeld” and making one. The clever premise, however, gets largely lost in the “Curb”-like elements of David’s role, suggesting he might have been better advised to either funnel these energies into his series (whose future remains uncertain) or produce a movie with a different star. As is, this summer lark has its moments but hardly merits hitting the “save” button.

Introduced in 2003 with a wild mane of hair that resembles the Dude in “The Big Lebowski,” Nathan Flomm (David), is the marketing guru at a small startup company, where the resident genius, Will Haney (Jon Hamm), has developed an electric car. Yet when Will enthusiastically unveils his proposed name for the product — the Howard, »

- Brian Lowry

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The League Casts Andre’s Parents, Promises "Miserable" Wedding in Season 5

2 August 2013 12:33 PM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Andre may not have won the Shiva Bowl on The League last season, but did he end the season on a big personal high note.

"As we left last season, Andre and Trixie were engaged so we are picking up right where that left off with a wedding," co-creator and executive producer Jeff Schaffer said at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews Friday. "I think Andre and Trixie are preparing the...

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- Kate Stanhope

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Will 'The League' add another female? Plus Season 5 casts Andre's parents

2 August 2013 12:14 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

After the 2013 TCA panel for "The League," Zap2it spoke with Jackie Marcus Schaffer, one half of the creative team behind the FX comedy, who told us that the writers have definitely talked about adding another female to the fantasy football mix besides Jenny.

"We've talked about a few different things," says Schaffer. "We've talked about Jenny getting into a girls league, where she starts a second league, where she brings in a lot of other -- like the moms and other characters. It's never quite made it into an episode yet, but we've certainly talked about it."

"At some point in time as we go over the next few seasons, it would be nice to see, whether it's one of their girlfriends or wives, maybe somebody we haven't met yet, get involved [in the league]," Schaffer adds.

We wonder if the resident female fantasy player, Jenny, would see another woman as a »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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TCA: 'The League' No Longer Begging for NFL Player Cameos

2 August 2013 11:31 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

"The League" doesn't need to chase down NFL stars for cameo appearances anymore. The players -- more specifically their agents -- are now reaching out to the show, according to executive producer Jeff Schaffer. That said, they're being mindful not oversaturate the program with cameos -- a la "Entourage." And it's not just limited to football anymore. Baseball player Kevin Youkilis, currently of the New York Yankees, approached the cast and producers recently to talk about what a fan he is. The Los Angeles Kings even spent some time with the cast »

- Tony Maglio

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Why 'This Is a Damn Good Time To Be a Director In Television': Discussing Directing for the Small Screen

28 July 2013 2:13 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

After a late cancelation from one of the big networks at this summer's TCA press tour, a few panels were put together to fill a day that turned out to be unexpectedly great, offering an informative look at the actual workings of television rather than just the content. Following a talk with several TV and film producers who are now working on digital series, FX produced a group of episode directors from the network's various series to discuss directing for television and the role directors play in a medium commonly thought of as ruled by writers. DGA president Paris Barclay ("Sons of Anarchy"), Michael Dinner ('Justified"), Randall Einhorn ("Wilfred"), Alfonso Gomez-Rejon ("American Horror Story"), Gwyneth Horder-Payton ("The Bridge"), Dan Sackheim ("The Americans"), and Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Schaffer ("The League") made up the panel. "This is a damn good time to be a director in television," said Barclay in his opening remarks, »

- Alison Willmore

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Why 'This Is a Damn Good Time To Be a Director In Television': Discussing Directing for the Small Screen

28 July 2013 2:13 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

After a late cancelation from one of the big networks at this summer's TCA press tour, a few panels were put together to fill a day that turned out to be unexpectedly great, offering an informative look at the actual workings of television rather than just the content. Following a talk with several TV and film producers who are now working on digital series, FX produced a group of episode directors from the network's various series to discuss directing for television and the role directors play in a medium commonly thought of as ruled by writers. DGA president Paris Barclay ("Sons of Anarchy"), Michael Dinner ('Justified"), Randall Einhorn ("Wilfred"), Alfonso Gomez-Rejon ("American Horror Story"), Gwyneth Horder-Payton ("The Bridge"), Dan Sackheim ("The Americans"), and Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Schaffer ("The League") made up the panel. "This is a damn good time to be a director in television," said Barclay in his opening remarks, »

- Alison Willmore

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HBO Films' Clear History, starring Larry David, debuts Aug. 10 (Video)

25 July 2013 10:09 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

One to watch: HBO is back in business with "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Larry David brings his unique brand of humor to HBO Films in the feature-length presentation "Clear History." David is joined by Jon Hamm, Bill Hader, Philip Baker Hall, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan and J.B. Smoove. The film is directed by Greg Mottola and written by David and his longtime writing colleagues Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer, the Emmy®-, Golden Globe- and WGA Award-winning creative team behind HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” The first comedy under the HBO Films banner in recent years debuts Saturday, Aug. 10 (9:00-10:45 p.m. Et/Pt), exclusively on HBO. Other HBO playdates: Aug. 10 (12:45 »

- April Neale

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