Fall TV Preview

The League Tackles Season 3 with Seth Rogen, Will Forte and Talk of NFL Lockout Scare

The League dodged a bullet — or a tackle, as it were — when the NFL averted a shutdown of its coming season. But rest assured, there was a contingency plan in place.

“Plan B revolved around [Pete, Ruxin et al] losing their minds,” series EP Jeff Schaffer shared at the FX comedy’s Television Critics Association summer press tour session in Beverly Hills. Citing one example, “Poor Andre (played by Paul Scheer) would’ve put all of his heart and soul into Fantasy NBA” — only to be doubly devastated when that sport (possibly) gets stymied by its own lockout.

“The truth is.. we prayed that there would be football, we desperately, desperately wanted there to be football, and we waited. And we waited and waited,” Schaffer continued. “FX was cool with us pushing our shooting date [and] air date so that we could make sure we started when football started. That is why some of that stuff you just saw [in a TCA promo reel], we shot last night.”

Still, expect the boys to share a bit of their almost-shellshock. “The lockout will be addressed front and center in the Oct. 6 season premiere — along with all of their opinions about it,” says exec producer Jackie Marcus Schaffer.

It was also announced that the Season 3 opener will at long last introduce viewers to the legendary-ish “Dirty Randy,” who will be played by big-screen funny man Seth Rogen (Knocked Up).

“We made a promise to our fans last year that if FX brought us back for a third season, that they would meet Dirty Randy,” said Jackie Schaffer. With Rogen playing Rafi’s infamous friend, “We think it’s going to be great.”

Also on tap for Season 3, TVLine has learned: Viewers will meet Andre’s sister, with whom several of the boys have a difficult history; Ruxin will get a hot live-in au pair (played in several episodes by United States of Tara‘s Brie Larson); and we’ll meet one of the “out-of-town guys,” played by Saturday Night Live‘s Will Forte. “The guys are thrilled to see him,” says Jeff, “but he’s a little different than they remembered.”

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  1. eddie says:

    i dont watch the league but am a big fan of seth rogen, so i might have to start.

    • Fiction says:

      The League is an AMAZING show. I don’t much care for pro football (I’m a college sports guy) and this show is an absolute riot. I am a hard judge on comedy. I can’t stand the same sit-com recipe for shows. Funny central character, at home setting, wife who is too attractive for the husband who is far superior to him in all ways, and kinda bitchy and cold towards him, but they love each other randomly so it’s ok, and some stupid friend that breaks up the “We’re married and it’s horrible” schtick. This show has some of those elements, but not in the way you’re used to seeing them. It’s so good with timing and an insanely good cast, that you have to love the show. I promise you, if you give it 2 episodes. You’ll watch it with reverence and ferver (Whatever that means) every week. Enjoy :D

  2. JC in SD says:

    If you’re married and love to play FF, then this show is f***** hilarious!!
    Great 1 liners you find yourself reciteing

  3. nora says:

    the league is AWESOME!!!! more hilarity is always welcomed.

  4. mike s. says:

    Yes, the quotables are awesome, and the best part is some of the terms that have been coined by this show:

    3 P***s Wine
    V***inal Huberous
    A Fear B**er

    In the extras on the season 1 DVD, the extras featuring more of Taco (Joe Lajoie) as Mr McGibblets is hilarious.

    • mike s. says:

      Oh, I almost forgot my favorite one….from season 2, episode 1. Rosterbating.

      Look Up – “The League Ruxin Rosterbating”, if you can find the clip, it’s so hilarious, that alone will convince you to start watching this show.

  5. SheevaBlast says:


  6. thedude says:

    Nice Shivablast, man.

  7. Kellen says:

    LOVE this show. So happy it’s coming back. Seth Rogen wouldn’t have been my choice for Dirty Randy, but I like the Will Forte premise. Still one of the funniest shows on cable.

  8. Joe says:

    This is the best show on TV.

  9. ryan says:

    i was worried this show was going to get cut. I love the premiss. it is super easy for any FFootballer to relate to. it has always seemed to be well acted but poorly produced. i wish HBO would pick ip the series. or FX would add a little to the production budget

  10. El Cunado. says:

    glad they keep it spontaneous. That is why, every 2.6 months they make a grand gesture. Can’t wait and will NOT schedule Terrific Lady Day for the season opener.

  11. zion says:

    I watched the promos, and Pete wasn’t in any of them. Does anybody know if there was a reason for this?

    • Jody says:

      Most likely Mark Duplass was working on his movie -Jeff, Who Lives At Home- when they were shot. Outside of The League he has a career as a director (see Cyrus) and a musician (Volcano I’m Still Excited!!).

  12. mike says:

    You should totally watch it. Its hilarious! Its one of my favorite shows. I know you can stream season 1 on netflix.

  13. Matt eglin says:

    You forgot “vinegar stroke”!

  14. Cheri says:

    Luv this show! Very clever and some of the best writing on television. Can’t wait for the return.