Bittersweet is the word that would best describe how the cast of “The League” felt at FXX’s joint premiere of the show’s seventh and final season, and the second season of “You’re the Worst,” at the Bruin Theatre in Westwood on Tuesday night. Still, “The League” stars were still able to joke about the series’ last hurrah and admit excitement for the future.
“You can only sh–t in the ocean so many times, and I think we’ve done that,” joked Stephen Rannazzisi, who plays fantasy football league commissioner Kevin.
“The League” follows a close-knit group of friends competing in a fantasy football league. Their trash-talking and attempts at pranks usually devolve into a downward spiral in which everyone loses.
“The whole cast is going to commit group suicide on the last day of shooting, which is going to be really cool,” joked Paul Scheer, who plays Andre, the poorly-dressed punching bag of the group. “No other show has done that and I think that’s what’s going to be different. Obviously David Chase has a very memorable ending to ‘Sopranos.’ ‘Breaking Bad,’ very memorable. We’re going to be the only cast that kills ourselves.”
“I think people will look back at this cast and be like, ‘look at that cast, they were all able to do so many cool things going forward,'” Nick Kroll, who plays scheming Ruxin, predicted.
“You’re the Worst,” heading into its sophomore season, draws its inspiration from series creator Stephen Falk’s many years of personal and professional anguish.
“Bad divorce. Dating. Finding that people are really weird and creepy out there in the world when you are trying to find a romantic partnership,” Falk said of his experiences. “Also having worked for some networks that I didn’t necessarily love working for and not having the best creative experience. This was my call to liberation.”
“You’re the Worst” centers around two love cynics who begin to fall for each other and try to avoid settling into a boring, normal, “sweater people” sort of relationship.
Stars Chris Geere, who plays Jimmy, and Aya Cash, who plays Gretchen, both agree that their cynical take on love is more realistic.
“We’ve been pounded with a formula to romantic comedies in the last ten years: boy meets girl, things go great, something goes wrong, they make up, happily-ever-after,” Geere said. “Life is not that complicated.”
“I think it’s an incredibly romantic show,” Cash said. “I think people who don’t believe in romance choosing to be in a relationship is the most romantic notion you could have.”
“The League,” also starring Mark Duplass, Jon Lajoie, Katie Aselton and Jason Mantzoukas, premieres Sept. 9 at 10 p.m. “You’re the Worst,” also starring Desmin Borges and Kether Donohue, premieres Sept 9 at 10:30 p.m.
(Pictured: Aya Cash, Chris Geere, Stephen Falk, Desmin Borges and Kether Donohue)