FX Sticks With The League

... FX has renewed comedy The League for a third season. The sitcom features the talents of Nick Kroll and Paul Scheer and focuses on a group of buddies who play in a fantasy football league. As for the best fantasy football joke of 2010-2011? Shonne Green! Zing! You get that if you actually played fantasy football last season. [FX, via press release]

... Fox debuted The Chicago Code on Monday, and the numbers were... ehh. The show was heavily promoted during Sunday's Super Bowl, so Fox brass was hopeful for some killer numbers. Instead, they got a respectable 9.4 million viewers and a 2.4 rating in the adult demo. Not quite the stats they wanted, but better than Lone Star. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Keith Olbermann has a new job. After abruptly leaving MSNBC just weeks ago, the former SportsCenter anchor has landed at Current TV. What's Current TV, you ask? What do I look like, the CEO of Current TV? (It's Al Gore's cable channel and it's probably way up in the 9000s on your cable dial.) [New York Times]

... Hilarie Burton has been promoted to series regular on USA Network's White Collar, where she plays Sara Ellis. Take that, One Tree Hill. [TV Line]

... MTV is premiering the second season of The Hard Times of RJ Berger on March 24. Better yet, the show is getting the cushy time slot right behind the season finale of Jersey Shore. Which leads me to this question: MTV gave Hard Times a second season? [Deadline Hollywood]

YOU ARE NOW ENTERING THE HOTTIE ZONE!

... Leading off a ridiculously large amount of news regarding attractive females, NBC's Prime Suspect remake is eyeing Maria Bello to headline the same role played by Helen Mirren in the original U.K. version. It's in the early stages, so nothing is in stone yet. You may remember Maria from her cheerleading outfit in A History of Violence. At least, that's what I remember. [EW]

... How I Met Your Mother's Colbie Smulders (she plays Canuck Robin) is now the front runner to play Agent Maria Hill in Joss Whedon's super-big movie The Avengers. This could be a career-defining role for Smulders. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Rachel Bilson is teaming up with The O.C. producer Josh Schwartz again for The CW pilot Hart of Dixie. Bilson will play a young doctor from NYC who inherits a medical practice in a small Southern town populated by goofy characters. Bilson as a doctor? Ummm, that's a stretch. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Blue-eyed beauty and 500 Days of Summer star Zooey Deschanel (I saw her first!) is in talks to join a Fox comedy pilot, which would mean she and her sister Emily (Bones) would be on the same network. The pilot comes from Liz Meriwether and follows a young ensemble as they navigate "the sexual politics of men and women." I was zero-percent interested in this pilot—which is yet another men are from Mars, women are from Venus rom-com—before Zooey got involved. Now I am 0.5 percent interested. [Deadline Hollywood]

... And finally some bad news for one Italian prince and good news for everyone else. House hottie Olivia Wilde has separated from her husband of eight years, Italian prince Tao Ruspoli. There's hope for us all! [People]


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The League is the funniest show on TV.
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The League is so underrated. Funny for sports and non sports people alike.
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Hotties--Maggie Q, Grace Park, and??????????
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Hilarie Burton is just a cool good actress!!!! And hot!
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yes, because the first thing i think of when watching a movie or television series is "is it believable?"... if i wanted real things i'd go outside... it's fantasy and dreams... and any universe where rachel bilson is my doctor is a universe i want to be in in, stat.
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The League is amazing, keep it coming!
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That was the first thing i thought too. Rachel Bilson as a doctor?!? On which universe would this even be remotely believable? Bah.
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yes! the hottie zone rules.
bring it on.
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@jansenonline - you are right, that was my bad! Might have to make the hottie zone a regular thing though...
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zooey and rachel bilson on tv... awesome!
i was hoping zooey would join her sister on bones but i'll take what i can get... and bilson as a doctor is fine.
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I think The Chicago Code is off to a good start. I liked the premiere.
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Psyched to hear about The League getting renewed. Definitely one of the funniest shows on television.
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Awesome news about "The League" it is (1) a hilarious show funnier than anything NBC puts on Thursday night, (2) has a brilliant cast who can actually be funny without any messages, (3) has greatest wives on any sitcom in Katie Aselton and Nadine Velasquez - both are beautiful and funny, (4) has the greatest child character of any sitcom in Alina Foley's hysterical "Ellie", and (5) funniest group of male friends of any comedy. More people should be watching "The League".
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That's good news for Cobie. I hope she gets the role.
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An Italian prince is not like a British prince, they don't have a current monarchy in Italy so that title is meaningless!!
A Prime Suspect remake, good god why do American networks just remake everything, aren't there enough American female coppers? Watch the original or do something original, it's just lazy.
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Great news about Colbie Smulders, she deserves it. And I thought The League was already picked up for a 3rd season.. I remember an interview with one of the actors where he said they would start shooting it this summer.. anyways good news about that too.
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good news all over, awesome, i am especially happy for the league
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Thought the same about Bilson. A doctor? Geez, The Event is more believable. Also thought the same about Zooey Deschanel. I like her.
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I'm disappointed in you Tim!

Why isn't Hilarie Burton in the Hottie Zone!!
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Good news about Colbie Smulders. I will gladly see her in another role.
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I'm so happy to be able to see Hilarie Burton on screen every week again :)
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