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In case you didn't know, Will Ferrell is kind of a big deal. That must be why he's gracing my television screen nearly every day this holiday season (thanks to numerous Elf showings) and my New York Times. If you checked out yesterday's Times, you might have been just a bit confused to see a wedding announcement paired with a photo of a smiling couple -- and someone who appeared to be photobombing the pic. No, it wasn't crasher squirrel. It was Will Ferrell himself, who decided to appear in the portrait of the couple, who are both production assistants. »
- Kate Ward
On December 15th, Ronie Midfew Arts and DamonCarltonAndAPolarBear.com held the Lost Underground Art Project, an art show at Gallery1988: La celebrating one of the greatest television programs of all-time. In addition to the 16 poster prints released over the past few months, over 20 artists created original Lost-inspired paintings and sculptures (all available for purchase) to commemorate the event. These artists include: Alex Pardee - Ben Strawn - Carlos Ramos - Chris Ryniak - Dan Lydersen - Dan May - Danielle Buerli - Edwin Ushiro - Eric Fortune - Jeff McMillan - Jeremy Asher Lynch - Julian Callos - Ken Garduno - Kirk Demarais - Lauren Gregg - Leontine Greenberg - Luke Berliner - Mark Bodnar - Mark Brown - Martin Wittfooth - Misha (from the mind of Paul Scheer) - Ralph Cosentino - Scott Campbell - Wade Schin - 64 Colors - Brent Nolasco - Dave Pressler - Jason Limon »
- Peter Sciretta
FX has decided to order a second season of its semi-scripted comedy series, The League.
The October 29th series premiere attracted just under a million viewers but rose by nearly 50% in its second airing. The numbers have leveled off since then, to an average of about a million viewers.
The programmers at FX are apparently pleased enough with the ratings to give the series a renewal, even before the sixth and final episode of the season has aired (tonight).
Chicago – FX has picked up the network’s freshman comedy series “The League”. The network has decided to expand the next season to 13 episodes, announced Nick Gad, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, FX Networks.
Season two will return in summer 2010. The first season finale of “The League” will air tomorrow, Thursday December 10, at 10:30 pm Et/Pt. “We’ve been very pleased with the creative and ratings trajectory of The League and believe it’s an excellent fit with our comedy brand,” said Grad. “Jackie and Jeff Schaffer are incredibly talented producers and the ensemble cast is fantastic. The performance of the show this season is reminiscent of Sunny in its first season.”
Photo credit: F. Scott Schafer/ FX.
“The League” is about friendship, marriage, parenting and growing up… well, refusing to grow up. Set against »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
"The League" is ending its first season on a high note.
FX announced Wednesday that it has ordered a 13-episode second season of "The League," which ends its freshman season Thursday at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt, directly following the fifth season finale of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
The series by husband-and-wife team Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer revolves around a fantasy football league and the friendships, relationships and trials that happen concurrently in the characters' real world.
"We've been very pleased with the creative and ratings trajectory of 'The League' and believe it's an excellent fit with our comedy brand," says Nick Grad, exec VP of original programming at FX. "Jackie and Jeff Schaffer are incredibly talented producers and the ensemble cast is fantastic. The performance of the show this season is reminiscent of 'Sunny' in its first season."
Jeff Schaffer adds, "FX has been »
FX has ordered a second season for the fantasy football comedy "The League." The 13-episode order comes the day before "The League" is set to wrap up its first season, following an initial run of episodes that have averaged 1.06 million viewers, including 863,000 in the 18-49 demo. The ensemble comedy, which features Mark Duplass, Stephen Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Katie Aselton and Jon Lajoie, has provided a big time period bump for FX airing after "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Created by the husband-and-wife team of Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer, "The League" will return in »
- Daniel Fienberg
B-d reader Mark G. sent us in an e-mail this evening telling us that he recently attending a special screening of Piranha 3D in Paramus, NJ. While we haven't confirmed the validity of the screening, and we're unsure if it was shown in 3-D, below you can read his thoughts on Alex Aja's latest genre pic, which he describes as " by far the Bloodiest movie I've ever seen." Count me in! Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss, Dina Meyer, Brooklynn Proulx, Quinn Lord, Riley Steele, Jessica Szohr, Jerry O'Connell, Paul Scheer, Cody Longo, Riley Steele, Eli Roth, Ricardo Chavira all star. »
It must feel good to be Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) and Jason Woliner (co-writer/director of Human Giant) right now. The duo met with Judd Apatow for a breakfast meeting and walked away with a three picture deal. Universal Pictures and Apatow will produce the projects while Ansari and Woliner will write at least one of them. Meanwhile, Ansari is expected to star in all of the films. To read what all three films are about, just hit the jump.
First of all, Variety’s report weirdly states that Aziz Ansari is a former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. As much as I would actually love to see Aziz on the show, it’s sadly not true. However, Ansari did co-star on MTV’s Human Giant with Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer (the men in the photo above with black boxes over their faces to protect »
- Ramses Flores
One of the coolest things we stumbled across at this year's Afm are the first ever images from Alex Aja's (High Tension, Mirrors, The Hills Have Eyes) 3-D remake of Piranha 3D. Beyond the break you'll witness mayhem in bloody waters, along with your first look as Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws)! After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the areas new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself. Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss, Dina Meyer, Brooklynn Proulx, Quinn Lord, Riley Steele, Jessica Szohr, Jerry O'Connell, Paul Scheer, Cody Longo, Riley Steele, Eli Roth, Ricardo Chavira all star. »
Chicago – FX may have finally found a partner for the great “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” in the just-as-raunchy “The League,” a show that’s basically about how guys like to give each other sh*t. On message boards, over a few drinks, at a family picnic - there are groups of guys everywhere who live to bust each other’s balls. If you can’t handle it, don’t suit up for “The League”.
Television Rating: 3.5/5.0
The title of the sitcom is taken from a common obsession this time of year - fantasy football. A group of friends have an annual, highly competitive league that serves as the background for what is basically a relationship comedy between men and women. With raunchy humor that you’d expect to see on HBO or Showtime, “The League” sometimes feels like it’s trying too hard to be edgy, but by »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Did you know that some 27 million American adults play fantasy football?
I didn't either, but that's just the thing. FX rookie comedy The League seems to have a quite defined market. It's about five grown-up adults who bond over fantasy football. In the series premiere tonight, this group of friends from Chicago began their annual fantasy football league by preparing the league draft at Andre's (Paul Scheer) downtown bachelor pad. But three-time defending champ Pete (Mark Duplass) has a problem: his wife Jenny (Katie Aselton) doesn't want him to play this season.
Over the past few weeks I've used some strong words to describe Parks and Recreation ("awesome" and "best" among them) and its sophomore season revival. EW TV critic Ken Tucker got on board in the most recent magazine issue, "loving these new episodes" and giving the show a B+ rating (not bad!). And if you need further proof that our Office cousin has fully shed the baggage of its weak spring run, look no further than last night's episode, "Kaboom," in which the Pawnee pit -- an almost annoying focal point of season 1 -- was finally filled in. Progress! In one fell swoop, »
- Henning Fog
The League, FX's new ensemble comedy series set against the backdrop of a fantasy football league from producers Jeff Schaffer (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) and Jackie Marcus Schaffer (Disturbia), will premiere on October 29 and run Thursdays at 10:30 p.m. Et/Pt behind all new episodes of the hit comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
The network has also set the timetable for the rollout of its two other new comedies Archer and Louie, which will debut in January and the first quarter of 2010, respectively. FX has ordered six episodes of The League, six episodes plus four additional scripts of Archer and 13 episodes of Louie, all from FX Productions.
The League is a half-hour comedy about male friendship, marriage, parenting, suburbia, and growing up - or refusing to grow up - through a circle of friends involved in a fantasy football league. The ensemble cast includes Mark Duplass, Steve Rannazzisi, »
Some shocking news came out of the Tiff screening of The Hole 3D when a fan asked Joe Dante why he didn't direct Dimension's Piranha 3D remake. Dancing off of the idiotic question, Dante somehow flipped the conversation onto the way Alex Aja filmed it, revealing that it's not actually shot in 3D. The iconic director, whose film The Hole was shot on set in 3D, explained that Aja filmed the remake with one camera and will be digitally making it 3D in post, while adding CGI piranha that will be "Pixar-like 3D." How does that make you feel? Kinda hurts, doesn't it? I guess we'll see how good 2D-turned-3D looks come April 16, 2010. Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss, Dina Meyer, Brooklynn Proulx, Quinn Lord, Riley Steele, Jessica Szohr, Jerry O'Connell, Paul Scheer, Cody Longo, Riley Steele, Eli Roth, Ricardo Chavira all star. »
With little more to pitch than an early draft of a shooting script, FX senior vp national ad sales Michael Brochstein has sold a pair of season-length ad integrations to Anheuser-Busch and DirecTV for "The League," the network's new original comedy series.
Per terms of their respective deals -- the value of which neither FX nor the advertisers would disclose -- A-b and DirecTV will be woven into the narrative of "League," an ensemble comedy about a group of fantasy-football enthusiasts. Both brands will appear throughout the six-episode run, which kicks off next month, leading out of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays.
A-b is no stranger to FX -- it was among the first sponsors to commit to gritty cop drama "The Shield" –– but Brochstein said the early look-in was almost unprecedented.
"This is a unique situation because we were giving them a look while »
- By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek
Molly Sims attending the Fantasy Football Superdraft 2009 VIP party hosted by Molly Sims at Pure in Las Vegas on August 29. Photo copyright by Prn / PR Photos. Molly Sims attending the Fantasy Football Superdraft 2009 VIP party hosted by Molly Sims at Pure in Las Vegas on August 29. Photo copyright by Prn / PR Photos. Photos Gary Dell'Abate attending the Fantasy Football Superdraft 2009 VIP party hosted by Molly Sims at Pure in Las Vegas on August 29. Photo copyright by Prn / PR Photos. Paul Scheer, Stephen Rannazzisi and Nick Kroll attending the Fantasy Football Superdraft 2009 VIP party hosted by Molly Sims at Pure in Las Vegas on August 29. Photo copyright »
- James Wray
FX is looking to broaden its comedy horizons with two brand new series created exclusively for the channel. The basic cable stalwart has ordered six episodes of the sitcom The League, which is scheduled to premiere in November, and thirteen episodes of Louie, which will debut in early 2010. Here is the official press release:
FX, which began the revolution of quality drama series in basic cable television, is attempting to achieve that goal in comedy. The network is upping its stake in comedy with commitments for two new series, The League and Louie, which join the hit series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and the recently ordered animated series Archer on the FX comedy roster, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.
In a story from Variety FX has given series orders to the comedies The League and Louie which stars comedian Louis Ck.
FX picked up The League for six episodes. For Louie they ordered thirteen. The president of FX networks, John Landgraf, said that these two shows now give the station "the largest slate of original scripted comedy and drama series of any basic" cable company."
"Our brand is about audaciousness and innovation, and those adjectives are equally applicable to drama and comedy series," Landgraf stated.
The League is a semi-improv show that looks at the lives of a bunch of college buddies, and fantasy football league contestants, as the vagaries and responsibilities of life start to rear their ugly heads. The cast includes Mark Duplass, Steve Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer and Jon Lajoie.
Louie is actually based on the comic's life. It will blend his life onstage with his life off of it. »
FX is making its biggest push yet into comedy with the pickup of two new half-hour series, "The League" and "Louie."
The two join the recently ordered animated comedy "Archer" and veteran "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" for a quartet of comedy series, the most in the network's history.
Overall, FX is expected to have at least 10 original scripted series on the air in the next year, more than any other basic-cable network.
"League," created and exec produced by Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer, explores marriage, male friendship, parenting, suburbia and growing up through the prism of a fantasy-football league. The series starring Mark Duplass, Steve Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Jon Lajoie and Katie Aselton will follow the progression of a league and is eyed to air during football season.
"Louie," written and directed by Louis Ck, is set to debut early next year. Filtered through his observational humor, »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Previously on the Lost Viral: Human Giant comedian Paul Scheer presented Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse with a velvet painting and announcing his new website DamonCarltonAndAPolarBear.com., where he planned to devote his life to making Lost-inspired paintings. Soon after we received a Fedex'd letter from Ronie Midfew Arts, declaring that "Mr. Scheer is creating this Lost-inspired artwork without authorization." After harassing phone calls and legal letters, last week Paul was invited by Ronie Midfew Arts to have a meeting at their Beverly Hills art gallery. They agreed to forces for "The Ultimate Lost Event" which was held last night at at Bardot in Los Angeles. So what happened at the Lost Viral event? Details after the jump. I wasn't there so I'm going to have to rely on those who were to pass along the information. The outside of the club had a Dharma inspired logo (seen above »
- Peter Sciretta
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