“The League” starts its fourth season in a big way — with Jenny just days from giving birth, the men of the FX comedy’s fantasy football league fly to Dallas Cowboys training camp ahead of their draft (thank Taco for that one) just before Jenny and Kevin’s new bundle of joy enters the world.
Thanks to the collusion during last year’s draft, the only way Kevin gets to keep his Shiva title is if someone else gets the naming rights to his son. Naturally, that means New Baby MacArthur’s name is very interesting, to say the least.
“There’s some confusion as to what the new baby is going to be called. I
don’t want to give it away, but there are two very very very different
names,” star Stephen Rannazzisi of his on-screen son. “So we’ll see which one sticks and which one doesn’t.”
We’ll meet the newborn by the end of the premiere, but Rannazzisi says the kid’s presence won’t eclipse the entire season. “The baby changes us the way Ellie changes us. There are episodes where
it affects our life tremendously and we have to move schedules around
and responsibility, and then there are episodes where you’re like ‘Oh, I
forgot they even have kids.’ So it’s back and forth.”
The one way the baby will make himself known is in league performance. “The baby does
definitely weigh in this season on who’s playing well and who isn’t playing
well,” he teases.
It’ll also give Taco a new purpose, star Jon Lajoie says. “I think he’s a going to be a great teacher. He’s raised Ellie, he’s taught her everything she needs to know about how to survive in the world — the important stuff, like which drugs are good for you and which drugs are bad for you. Things you need to know when you’re 6 years old. So I think for a baby he’s going to start fresh and he’s going to input his knowledge into this tiny little human being. And I think Kevin and Jenny are petrified of that.”
“The League” airs Thursday nights at 10:30 p.m. on FX. “The League” Season 3 is available on Blu-ray and DVD in stores now.