FX Renews ‘The League’ for Season 5

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Mark Duplass Paul Scheer Nick Kroll Stephen Rannazzisi Katie Aselton and Jonathan Lajoie in The Leauge FX Renews The League for Season 5

Prior to airing its two-part season finale, FX brought a little good cheer to fans of its fantasy football comedy The League by announcing the series would move forward into season 5 with 13 more episodes, scheduled to begin filming next summer.

While it doesn’t seem to garner as much attention as higher profile FX comedies like Wilfred, Anger Management, or the Emmy Award-winning Louie, according to the announcement by the network, The League has maintained solid ratings over the last few seasons.

In fact during season 4, it averaged about 1.6 million viewers per first airing, but that number jumped to 2.4 million viewers once encore and On Demand figures are factored in. Those numbers make it a solid earner for the network – especially since the program airs in the less-than-primetime slot of 10:30pm.

In a statement regarding the renewal, Nick Grad, FX’s head of original programming, had this to say:

The League is flat-out one of the funniest shows on television. Co-creators Jeff and Jackie Schaffer have such a perfect take on the material and the show has an amazingly talented ensemble cast of stars. Another season was an easy decision and we hope to have it on our schedule for many more years to come.”

Meanwhile, co-creator Jackie Schaffer said:

“It’s a dream job – we get to make a show we love with a brilliant cast on a fearless network. If the Mayans and Dirty Randy are right and the world ends tomorrow, at least we can say we made it to Season 5.”

Of course, if you’re reading this, the world didn’t end, which means the Schaffers and the entire League crew can officially rest easy, knowing the world is one step closer to seeing season 5 come to fruition.

Nick Kroll and Jeff Goldblum in The League Season 4 FX Renews The League for Season 5

In addition to apparently winning the hearts of audiences and FX network executives, The League has also found itself a favorite of big name guest stars. Notable guests have included: Seth Rogen, Jeff Goldblum, Ray Liota, Will Forte, Eliza Dushku and Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant, to name a few. Also, perhaps not surprisingly, given the nature of the program, the show has managed to secure appearances by NFL players like Robert Griffin III, Maurice Jones Drew and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

But even with the growing list of guest stars, it’s the core ensemble and the hilarious, though sometimes crude things the characters do to one another that keeps audiences coming back season after season. And considering one member of the line-up, writer-director-actor Mark Duplass, has recently seen his profile increase, following indie hits like his 2011 directorial effort, Jeff Who Lives at Home, and roles in both indie and mainstream fare like Safety Not Guaranteed, Your Sister’s Sister and, perhaps most surprisingly, showing up in Katherine Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, it’s good to see that Duplass is still keen on appearing in another season of The League.

In the announcement, FX didn’t mention a premiere date for season 5 of The League, but it’s likely the new season will air following the season 9 premiere of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in the fall of 2013.


Screen Rant will have more news regarding The League as it is made available.

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  1. The 28 people that watch this show will be very happy to hear this news

    • What a rude thing to say. The show is a hilarious improv comedy. It’s great that their fan base keeps this amazing show going.

    • I guess you skipped the whole “it averaged about 1.6 million viewers per first airing, but that number jumped to 2.4 million viewers once encore and On Demand figures are factored in” part. Unless in your world, 28 is greater than 1.6-2.4 million.

      • the 1.6-2.4 million viewers is not including all the people with out the fx channel and have to download the show to watch it.

    • why are you even taking the time to read and then comment on this if you don’t watch it? great show though.

    • Cant wait. Funniest show yet.

      Just cuz it dosnt have any furry little hobbits on the show for some furittata to fantasize about doesn’t mean they have to troll on the comments.

      Some mouth breathers will be lucky if 28 people will even notice them when they are gone. . Gattaca!

    • what a frittata

  2. AWESOME! One of my favourite shows on TV.
    It also helps that fantasy football has be catching on like wildfire over the past few seasons, but even people who don’t pay attention to sports think its awesome (one of my best friends, and an ex girlfriend come to mind).

  3. Season 1 and 2 were great. then it went downhill. The show is strictly a sex comedy now, and it gets old quick

    • I tend to agree. Season 4 has been pretty weak and is getting raunchier year after year.

    • I think season 3 and 4 have been the best. I love the raunchiness of it. I really enjoy the improv too!

  4. yes!! i love this show. i didnt start watching it till season three then went back and caught up. hilairous. my wife actually got me into this show.

  5. I want a Rafi spinoff show. I’ll even settle for a “Life of Rafi” episode…

  6. Agree on the Rafi spin off I love him & Taco. The show is deff on the down swing after season 1&2.

    • Couldn’t agree more seasons 1 and 2 were phenomenonal, since then the writing has gone downhill. Its only saving grace is Rafi.

  7. LOVE The league its a must to have atleast 6 seasons with the same actors and charactors, Enjoy every season of it and hopefully the fourth season comes out on netflix soon so i can watch it on there also but not only that hopefully season 5 is soon to be announced this year of 2013. Keep it up…

  8. This is one of the greatest shows on tv currently and the ratings would be sky high if it were to be on a real network. I bet it’s one of the most watched comedy shows on Netflix.

    • amen!


    • Did you just Shiva blast on an open forum?

  10. I think this is my favorite show of all times, I hope they have many more than 5 seasons!!

  11. I think the guy above me just Shiva-Blasted, lol.

  12. I have to say that the League is by far the funniest thing I’ve watched in ages. So much so, that I have watched the first three seasons in a week.
    So glad it’s been renewed for season 5 as we have nothing from the UK that’s as hilarious!!

  13. hate football but i love this show

  14. Absolutely by far the funniest show on this earth. I always ask all of my friends have you seen the league and most respond with I m too busy. But I will say that I keep on marketing this show b/c it is the only show that actually makes my laugh out loud these days. Please keep it going…..I do have a few ideas for the show if u need any ideas? Cheers