via press release:
FX DRAFTS THE LEAGUE FOR THIRD TIME
Network Orders 13 Episodes for Season Three
Production Will Begin In the Summer and Season Three Will Premiere in the Fall
LOS ANGELES, February 7, 2011 – FX has picked up a third season of its comedy series The League, ordering 13 episodes, announced Nick Grad, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, FX Networks.
On a first-run basis, season two of The League averaged 1.4 million total viewers and 1.1 million Adults 18-49, up +4% and +5% vs. season one, respectively. On a multi-run total basis, season two delivered 2.5 million total viewers and 2.0 million adults 18-49.
“We’re pleased to announce the third season pickup of The League, and are fired up to continue our partnership with Jackie and Jeff Schaffer and the ensemble cast,” said Grad. “We love the show, and the reaction the cast received across the country during their recent comedy tour is a sign the show is really building momentum.”
Set against the backdrop of a fantasy football league, The League is about friendship, marriage, parenting, and growing up…or refusing to grow up. It was created by the husband-and-wife team of Jeff Schaffer (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld) and Jackie Marcus Schaffer (Disturbia, EuroTrip) who serve as executive producers and directors. The ensemble cast features Mark Duplass, Stephen Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Katie Aselton and Jon Lajoie. The series is produced by FX Productions.
“We’re thrilled to be doing a third season with our amazing cast and the most audacious network around,” said the Schaffers. “FX truly is like the parents we wish we had growing up – every time we say something naughty they reward us.”
FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from the Fox Networks Group. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 96 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of critically acclaimed and award-winning original series; an established film library with box-office hits from 20th Century Fox and other studios; and an impressive roster of acquired hit series. For more information about FX, visit our web site at www.FXnetworks.com.
Source: The Nielsen Company, Live+7 (000s)