'The League' (Sept. 9, 10 p.m., FXX)
WHERE WE LEFT OFF: The entire gang, except for Ruxin (Nick Kroll), conspired to help Andre (Paul Scheer) win the Shiva — the trophy bestowed upon the winner of that year’s fantasy tournament. Andre also won a beach house, but it promptly caught fire in a freak fireworks accident and became a financial burden rather than an asset.
WHAT'S COMING UP: In a "League" first, we’re going to find out what these football addicts watch during the NFL off-season. “In the premiere, we get to see them when there’s no football at all,” says creator Jeff Schaffer. “They’re also going to go to the NFL Draft and mess things up.” The fourth episode, meanwhile, will tackle “Deflategate,” and Schaffer reveals that they are prepping multiple versions as the real-life story continues to unfold. And since this is the "League’s" final season, there will be a parade of fan favorite guest stars making return appearances, including Rob Riggle, Seth Rogen, Zach Woods, Aziz Ansari, June Diane Raphael, and Leslie Bibb. But the focus will remain on the core cast, who have become a real family off-screen. “We feel like we get to graduate together,” says Katie Aselton, who plays Jenny, the lone female member of the league and wife of frequent commissioner, Kevin (Stephen Rannazzisi). “I get teary when I think I might have another TV husband!”
FANTASY LIFE: Throughout the show’s seven season run, the cast and creators have participated in their own fantasy football league. Aselton won the first year, though she says that happened mostly by accident. “Steve was the only one who had played fantasy football before,” says Schaffer. “He said, ‘I’m going to clean up!’ But he has not sniffed the playoffs even once.” — Ethan Alter