has ordered a second season for the fantasy football comedy "The League."
The 13-episode order comes the day before "The League" is set to wrap up its first season, following an initial run of episodes that have averaged 1.06 million viewers, including 863,000 in the 18-49 demo. The ensemble comedy, which features Mark Duplass, Stephen Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, Katie Aselton and Jon Lajoie, has provided a big time period bump for FX airing after "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."
Created by the husband-and-wife team of Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer, "The League" will return in late summer 2010, perhaps actually arriving before the start of the fantasy football season next year.
"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," states Nick Grad, FX's EVP for original programming. "Jackie and Jeff Schaffer are incredibly talented producers and the ensemble cast is fantastic. The performance of the show this season is reminiscent of Sunny in its first season."
Says Jeff Schaffer, "FX has been like the coolest girlfriend you could ever have. They get us, laugh at our jokes, and love hearing us talk about football. It's a perfect relationship - and we look forward to going steady with them for a long time."
And, so that nobody has to feel left out of the press release statement-fest, Jackie Marcus Schaffer adds, "This has been a wonderful experience for me and Jeff. Our cast -- Mark, Steve, Nick, Paul, Katie and Jon -- is made up of some of the most talented young actor-comedians in the business. So much of the credit goes to them."
The first season finale of "The League" airs at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10.