Fantasy football comedy to return with 13 episodes

FX has finally found a comedy complement to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”

Cabler has given a second-season order to male-skewing “The League,” about the eccentricities of an intense group of fantasy football players. Show airs at 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, immediately following “Sunny.”

The 13-episode second season is set to air in late summer; order is more than double the six episodes of season one, which concludes tonight.

“We’ve been very pleased with the creative and ratings trajectory of ‘The League’ and believe it’s an excellent fit with our comedy brand,” said Nick Grad, exec VP of original programming. “The performance of the show this season is reminiscent of ‘Sunny’ in its first season.”

Ratings have been growing since show launched on Oct. 29.

Skein is averaging just over a million viewers per week; last week’s penultimate episode was the second highest rated of the season.

FX has made a concerted effort to increase its comedy presence, and do so at a relatively inexpensive price. Production costs on “The League” are low and, as with “Sunny,” the cabler can turn a nice profit if the show continues to grow.

Net is set to launch animated laffer “Archer” on Jan. 14, and “Louie,” starring comedian Louie C.K., will debut in the spring.

Previous comedy attempts by FX that failed to last longer than one season include “Lucky,” “Starved” and “Testees.”

Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer are executive producers. Series is produced by FX Prods.

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