Are you up for “The League”?


A new FX half-hour comedy series that revolves around a bunch of friends with their heads buried in a fantasy football league launches tonight (10:30 p.m.) but with several repeats of the premiere episode called “The Draft” (11:30 p.m., and Saturday at 5:30, plus Wednesday Nov. 4 at 6:30 p.m.). Episode 2, called “Bounce Test,” debuts next Thursday at 10:30 and 11:30 p.m.)

Among those in the cast:

Mark Duplass as Pete, the immature league champ; Stephen Rannazzisi (from “Samantha Who?”) is Kevin, a successful assistant district attorney and happily married father who also covets the elusive League trophy; Nick Kroll (from “I Love You, Man”) is Ruxin, never a winner but has no doubt he is the smartest of the group; Paul Scheer (from “30 Rock”) as Andre, the long-standing punching bag of the group as well as its most successful member; Jon Lajoie is Taco, Kevin’s little brother, a part-time musician and full-time stoner with little interest in fantasy other than hanging with his buddies. Then there’s Katie Aselton (from “The Office”) as Jenny, Kevin’s wife and his (secret) better half in the fantasy league; Leslie Bibb (from “Talladega Nights”) is Meegan, Pete’s wife who hates fake football, and Nadine Velasquez (from “My Name Is Earl”) who plays Ruxin’s wife Sofia.

Jeff Schaffer (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Seinfeld”) and Jackie Marcus Schaffer are the series creators and exec producers.

A review from the Houston Chronicle (linked here) and another from the Kansas City Star (linked here) and the Philadelphia Inquirer (linked here).

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