'The League' scores a second season on FX

markduplass_theleague_290.jpg "The League" is ending its first season on a high note.

FX announced Wednesday that it has ordered a 13-episode second season of "The League," which ends its freshman season Thursday at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, directly following the fifth season finale of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

The series by husband-and-wife team Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer revolves around a fantasy football league and the friendships, relationships and trials that happen concurrently in the characters' real world.

"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," says Nick Grad, exec VP of original programming at FX.  "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."

Jeff Schaffer adds, "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."

Starring Mark Duplass, Stephen Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer (a Korbi TV "Drinking With the Stars" alum), Katie Aselton and Jon Lajoie, "The League" has averaged 2.06 million viewers over five episodes so far, drawing 863,000 adults 18-49. It's delivered significantly higher numbers of adults 18-34 (up 61 percent) and adults 18-49 (up 16 percent) than "Sunny's" first season.

The first season finale on Thursday, Dec. 10 titled "The Shiva Bowl," centers on league champ Pete (Duplass) battling it out with league loser Andre (Scheer) for the fantasy league title game, while Taco (Lajoie) finally lands a "real person job." Say it ain't so, Taco!

Season two is scheduled to return in late summer of 2010.

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