TCA: ‘The League’ No Longer Begging for NFL Player Cameos

Athletes are approaching the FX show now — maybe too many

Last Updated: July 16, 2014 @ 3:50 PM

"The League" doesn't need to chase down NFL stars for cameo appearances anymore.

The players — more specifically their agents — are now reaching out to the show, according to executive producer Jeff Schaffer. That said, they're being mindful not oversaturate the program with cameos — a la "Entourage."

And it's not just limited to football anymore. Baseball player Kevin Youkilis, currently of the New York Yankees, approached the cast and producers recently to talk about what a fan he is. The Los Angeles Kings even spent some time with the cast recently, EP Jackie Marcus Schaffer added.

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San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates was the show's first major guest athlete in season 1 episode 4. Since then, Chad Johnson, Terry Bradshaw, Josh Cribbs, Terrell Suggs, Maurice Jones-Drew, Matt Forte, Robert Griffin III, Trent Richardson, Jason Witten, DeSean Jackson, Deion Sanders and Adrian Peterson have appeared on the program … to name just a few.

In the upcoming fifth season, Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt will be guest starring.

Stars Nick Kroll (Ruxin), Paul Scheer (Andre), Stephen Rannazzisi (Kevin) and Jon Lajoie (Taco) joined executive producers Jeff Schaffer, Jackie Marcus Schaffer on stage at FX Network's panel for "The League" at TCAs Friday.

The show's fifth season premieres Wednesday Sep. 4 at 10:30 on FXX. A sixth season has already been ordered.


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