‘The League’ Reunion: Cast and Creators Open to Revival, Share One Regret About Airing on Cable

IndieWire | 6/9/2019 | Staff
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When the cast and creators of FX Networks’ “The League” reunited Friday night in Austin at the ATX Television Festival the primary topic — threaded between jokes about fantasy football failures and on-set injuries — was timing and opportunity. Namely, did the show air at the right time, could it survive in today’s TV landscape, and would it thrive, even, if a revival aired on streaming or premium networks, sans the restrictions of basic cable?

Katie Aselton, who played Jenny, referred to the possibility of a revival as the “billion dollar question,” and co-creator Jackie Marcus Schaffer caught some good-natured flack from the cast when she questioned “The League’s” continued relevancy.

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“At the time [we made the show], fantasy football was [really] popular,” she said. “But is that still a thing?”

“I don’t know,” Aselton said, sarcastically. “Are friends still a thing?”

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“Are people still busting balls?” Jason Mantzoukas said, piling on.

“It was a kinder, gentler time,” co-creator Jeff Schaffer said, tongue firmly in cheek. “But all I’ll say is there is nothing on the planet more fun than working with these people.”

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Paul Scheer, who regularly offered earnest answers throughout the night, again stepped in to sum up the audience member’s question for the group.

“Could you reboot the show now and it would have the same impact? I don’t know,” he said. “But I think people would be excited to see this show do something since it’s already established.”

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Assembling under the pretense of “The League” premiere’s 10-year anniversary, the cast and creators took part in an hour-long panel discussion moderated by Vanity Fair’s Joanna Robinson. Of the core cast, only Mark Duplass and Jonathan Lajoie were absent. Joining the co-creators were Stephen Rannazzisi, Nick Kroll, Scheer, Aselton, and Mantzoukas — who, while never a series regular, became a fan favorite on the...
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