It's a bittersweet time for fans of fantasy football television shows everywhere. When it premiered in 2009, The League was a little known ensemble comedy centered around a group of old friends who are all in the same fantasy football league. Like Friends, except they were are all hilariously terrible people, more focused on winning and making everyone's lives a living hell than anything else. Now, after six seasons and as many drafts, Shiva, and Saco awards, the fun is coming to an end with the seventh and final season. Since fans know it's all ending and we need to savor each moment, we have to know just how many episodes will be in T he League Season 7.
While there hasn't been a formal announcement for the amount of episodes, it is a safe bet that there will be 13 episodes of The League 's final season. Each season before this had the same amount, and there has been no news that Season 7 will be any different. The titles of the first three episodes have been released, and things sound back to normal when the season starts according to TV Guide's summaries, with everyone recovered from burning down Ted's beach house. Episode 1 is titled "That Other Draft" and will feature the return of Leslie Bibb as Pete's ex-wife. Episode 2 is titled "The Draft of Innocence," where, shockingly, no one likes Andre's theme for draft night. The last episode we have information on is 3, titled "The Blind Spot," and focuses on where the gang will watch the game. Simple premises, guaranteed hilarity.
While I love some resolution, I don't think we should plan on this season tying up all of the loose threads from the previous years. My theory is that the gang will proceed with (insane) business as usual until the show fades to black, with the idea that the characters spend year after year much in the same way — arguing about football. While it's always sad to see a beloved television show go off the air, a part of me is glad The League is ending now on its own terms rather then stretching it out far beyond its prime. The show gets bigger and incorporates more fantastic elements with every season and while they always manage to keep it hilarious, I would hate to see it ever go too far.
Plus, we have plenty of other places to catch up with the stars. Even though The Kroll Show is done making new episodes, Nick Kroll is now a big name comedian with numerous movies lined up. Paul Scheer is behind the Hotwives mockumentary and co-hosts the podcast How Did This Get Made with Jason Mantzoukas — so that's a must listen if you need a Rafi fix. The Duplass brothers are everywhere these days, either on HBO or guest starring on The Mindy Project. Katie Aselton appeared in Weird Loners and is in a bunch of upcoming movies. It's a little harder to find Stephen Rannazzisi or Jon Lajoie, but I have a feeling we'll be seeing more of them once the show ends. And no matter what, we'll always be able to marathon The League over and over again on Netflix.
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