The League Producers On Season 4's Offensive Players
Jackie Marcus Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer | Photo Credits: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic
Talk about special teams! Literally hours after the birth of their daughter this summer, The League's creators and executive producers Jeff Schaffer and Jackie Marcus Schaffer began filming the cult-fave fantasy football comedy's fourth season (premiering Thursday at 10:30/9:30c on FX). "You had to see our doctor's face," laughs Marcus Schaffer of the delivery-room race to keep the shoot on schedule. "We were trying to explain to him that we had [all] of these professional football players lined up for the next day!" Now that the proud parents can relax a little, they're ready to talk about their other (and far raunchier) labor of love.
TV Guide Magazine: First off, congrats on the baby!
Jackie: Thank you!
TV Guide Magazine: This is shades of Jenny and Kevin and their expectant baby, right?
Jeff: There is so much that ended up in Jenny and Kevin's story...you see that in the season premiere with the draft.
TV Guide Magazine: Who have your recruited for this season?
Jackie: We just turned in our third episode and it has FX's beloved Timothy Olyphant as a guest star. He plays a white sushi chef. They [network execs] loved the episode so much.
TV Guide Magazine: Nice!
Jeff: Tim was awesome. Super, super funny. We're bringing in a man you may know as JB Smoove. He's coming in to tangle with our guys. He's in a wheelchair...he's crazy funny. About midway through the season, you'll see him.
Jackie: And you may have seen through his Twitter war with Nick Kroll, we have Ken Marino who is monstrously funny as their enemy from high school. And Ike Barinholtz will be back as Frank "The Body" Gibiatti. He's back a few times actually. And we are so excited, Julia Duffy from Newhart is coming on as Kevin and Taco's mom. It is awesome.
Jeff: She just can't love Taco enough. She has two sons and in her mind, one of them is very successful. And that is Taco. [Laughs] She's in town to help with Kevin's new baby, but she really does not care for Jenny at all. She doesn't think that highly of Kevin, either. She also has some very interesting vices...she fits totally in with our crew.
Jackie: Oh, and I forgot...you're going to meet Pete's grandfather, played by Robert Wagner.
TV Guide Magazine: Wow, how was that?
Jackie: We're shooting it next week, but he's really excited. Pete needs a cool grandfather and we are so thrilled to work with him. We're kind of obsessed with Robert Wagner.
TV Guide Magazine: This is a great lineup!
Jeff: And just last Monday, we shot with Kristin Cavallari.
TV Guide Magazine: Mrs. Jay Cutler?
Jeff: We have a fun episode with Kristin and the little Cutler baby...
Jackie: The Cutlet. He was too little so we had to cast the Cutlet with a more set-friendly baby. And of course, we have Jason Mantzoukas as Rafi. He just said to me on set the other day "I didn't think I was going to be in my underwear this often." So that's your sneak peek at Rafi for this season. [Laughs]
TV Guide Magazine: There needs to be a Rafi web series so we can see what he does in the off-season.
Jackie: I want to do a Rafi animated show! He should have the powers of animation so he can do everything he's not able to do in his mortal body.
Jeff: This season, you'll also see Rafi in some very odd situations. Like taking Ruxin's kid to swim class. Rafi and a pool full of four-year-olds. Enjoy that image.