Looks like FX has finally found a friend for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia -- the network announced yesterday that it was renewing The League for a thirteen episode second season.
While this doesn't come a surprise, I'm still not 100% sold. In my initial review of The League, I wasn't high on it for numerous reasons. There was far too much reliance on one-off jokes only intended to create buzz (vaginal hubris, anyone?) and Jon Lajoie seemed like he had no purpose other than singing YouTube-friendly potty-mouthed songs. Factor in the utter lack of meaningful football references and the show was all over the place.
That being said, The League progressed a little this season in terms of content and characterization and there is certainly the foundation of a better show taking root here. In the press release, FX EVP of Original Programming Nick Grad likened the show's performance this season to the first season of Always Sunny.
Makes sense, but don't forget the key factor here -- Sunny only took off after the show was re-tooled and Danny DeVito was added in season two. I'm not suggesting The League needs to go adding a big name, but it definitely needs to make some changes if it plans on breaking out of the red zone when it returns next summer.
The season one finale of The League airs tonight on FX at 10:30 p.m. ET.