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Can TV Sustain a Second Fantasy Football Sitcom? (Probably, But Not This One)

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 18, 2014 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 18, 2014 |

If you follow fantasy football at all, you’re probably familiar with ESPN’s Matthew Berry. He’s a slightly charismatic, slightly likable, and slightly buffoonish, and at some point in your fantasy football lives, you’ve probably cursed and/or sworn Berry off. But we all still check his weekly columns, and we act like he’s an authoritative voice in a pretend sport, and we shit-talk him out of one side of our brains and consider his advice out of the other side. (Berry, by the way, also wrote Crocodile Dundee III and has a great story about what a terrible human being Paul Hogan is).

Anyway, Berry wrote a book called Fantasy Life: The Outrageous, Uplifting, and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports from the Guy Who’s Lived It, which is one of those books that people who know you play fantasy football will buy you, and you will never read it, because honestly, who the f**k wants to read a book about fantasy football. But it’ll still be a bestseller despite the fact that 70 percent of the people who own it have never cracked it open.

Anyway, that book is being turned into a sitcom, and douche supreme Kevin Connolly of Entourage-fame will play Berry, and this is one of those instances where Berry would probably actually be a better TV-Berry than Connelly.

Titled Fantasy Life, the multi-camera/hybrid comedy, from 20th TV, has Kevin Connolly attached to star. Written by Tim McAuliffe (The Office), Fantasy Life is an office comedy centered around Mitch, a regular guy who lands his ultimate dream job working in the fantasy sports department at a major sports network.

Isn’t it nice to know that there is something nerdier than Doctor Who out there? Now go out and give that former jock turned beer-swilling middle-manager a wedgie.

Source: Deadline

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