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.”