THE SHOW "The League"
WHEN | WHERE Thursday night at 10:30 on FX
REASON TO WATCH Especially for Jon Lajoie fans, who have made cyberhits of his comedy videos, such as "I Kill People."
WHAT IT'S ABOUT Five guys in Chicago who run their own fantasy football league, and their begrudging, beguiling wives. There's Kevin - Smithtown's own Stephen Rannazzisi - who is "league" commish, and his wife, Jenny (Katie Aselton); Taco (Lajoie), Kev's older bro, a space cadet and horndog; Andre (Paul Scheer), a plastic surgeon who knows nothing about football; Ruxin (Nick Kroll), who's so desperate to win he'll bribe a 9-year-old who actually does know something to give him guidance on his picks; and, finally, Pete (Mark Duplass), the current champ.
They hang out, drink beer, talk about sex - the usual guy stuff - but also have a craven need to establish their smarts and masculinity through their fantasy league. The joke, if there is one, is that some of the guys really don't know all that much about the game, while Jenny is the real brains.