In a move sure to please our resident show reviewer Kale Morgan, cable network FX has opted to pick up another season of its cult hit comedy The League.
The show has never been a huge ratings darling, but gets good reviews, and consistently draws a loyal audience to each new episode. The quality of the writing has also lured in prime guest starring talent such as Jeff Goldblum, Brooklyn Decker, Timothy Olyphant, Eliza Dushku, and Seth Rogen.
The fifth year will again consist of the usual thirteen episode order, and will follow the usual pattern of filming in the summer and premiering in the fall of 2013.
FX exec Nick Grad offered the following comments about the pick-up:
"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."
That last line about "many more years to come" has to be quite encouraging for League fans. This renewal once again illustrates why it's better to air on cable than on network TV nowadays. The ratings expectations are much lower, and a minor hit like The League can get multiple seasons. This show wouldn't have lasted two seasons on FOX or ABC. Or can you imagine if another smart FX comedy like Louie or Wilfred had premiered on say NBC or CBS? Canceled within a year.
But I digress, The League aired its two-part fourth season finale last Thursday, and look for the DVD and Blu-Ray to be released a few weeks before next year's premiere.
Are you looking forward to spending another season with The League?