It is a case of good news-bad news for fans of long-running FX/FXX series The League. The good news: The comedy about the members of a fictional fantasy football league has been renewed for a 13-episode seventh season. The bad: It will be the show’s last.
The League, which just completed its sixth season, was created by the husband-and-wife team of Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer, who serve as executive producers and directors for FX Productions.
“Whatever, I’ve won it twice,” said Jackie Schaffer. “Most players in the NFL don’t make it seven seasons, and most TV shows even less so. We want to thank FX Networks and all our Eskimo brothers and sisters. NFL teams would be lucky to have fans as diehard as ours.”
Added Jeff Schaffer, “Spoiler alert: We already know how it will all end — with credits and the theme song.”
According to FX, The League, whose sixth season on FXX aired without a lead-in from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia for the first time, has delivered Season 6 ratings in line with Season 5 (through 11 episodes in Live+7) among both adults 18-49 (-3%, 929,000 vs. 953,000) and total viewers (-2%, 1.042 million vs. 1.059 million).
Like flagship FX/FXX comedy series It’s Always Sunny, The League got off to an inauspicious start but was given the opportunity by FX to find its legs and build a loyal following. The series had an art-imitating-life moment in 2011 when it had to deal with the NFL lockout.