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FX starts ‘The League’

'Humpday''s Mark Duplass stars in comedy

FX has quietly begun production on “The League,” a half-hour comedy pilot starring “Humpday’s” Mark Duplass.

The semi-improvised buddy comedy revolves around a group of thirtysomething guys in a fantasy football league. Set in the suburbs of Chicago, “League” follows the group as they deal with issues of friendship, relationships and parenthood.

Duplass stars along with Nick Kroll (“I Love You Man”), Paul Sheer (“Human Giant”), Steve Rannazzisi (“Paul Blart: Mall Cop”) and Jon Lajoie.

Also in the cast are Leslie Bibb (“Iron Man”), Katie Aselton (“The Office”) and Nadine Velazquez (“My Name Is Earl”).

In the pilot, Duplass plays Pete, a married man pondering whether to have a baby. “God bless fantasy football,” Pete says in the script. “There are many things a man can do with his time. This is better than those things.” 

Duplass’ other credits include “True Adolescents,” “Hannah Takes the Stairs” and “The Puffy Chair.”

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” helmer Jeff Schaffer will direct “The League,” which he penned with Jackie Marcus Schaffer. Both are exec producing.

FX Prods. is producing. “The League” could be ready to run on the cabler as soon as this fall.

Project comes as FX looks to aggressively expand its comedy brand, scouting for several potential companions to “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.” Earlier this week, FX ordered the animated comedy “Archer.”

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