Onion's TOUGH SEASON Launches Season Two
August 22, 2014 by Mike McNamara
It's fantasy football season and that also means it's time for... TOUGH SEASON. Chicago-based The Onion launches season two of its popular fantasy football mockumentary today. The humorous 13-episode series – developed and produced by series sponsor Lenovo, DigitasLBi and the in-house creative services division of The Onion and Onion Labs – is live and available for your viewing pleasure right here. Tough Season 2 features seven current and former NFL stars: Chicago Bear Matt Forte, Andrew Luck, Alfred Morris, AJ Green, Wes Welker, Mason Crosby (he's a kicker, you might not have heard of him) and... wait for it... Doug Flutie.
The inaugural TOUGH SEASON series garnered 13.5 million total views and won a 2014 CLIO Sports award. TOUGH SEASON 2 will see five more episodes than last year, four bonus videos of extended scenes including the soon-to-be-viral music video "Cheeseburger in a Coconut."
“It’s great to be back for a second Tough Season with Lenovo,” said Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in a statement. “All of us players really enjoyed shooting the series, and working with the very funny writers at The Onion. Fans still remind me about my fake championship-game locker room speech from last year! I can’t give away what happens this season…but I can tell you that it involves multiple hula skirts and a pretty sweet music video.”
The series revolves around perennial fantasy football loser Brad Blevins (played by Chicago actor Tim Baltz) rising from loserdom - with the help of some NFL stars - to secure his first-ever office fantasy title. In season two, how will Brad handle the defense of his crown: will he let success go to his head? Can he count on his NFL friends to perform up to championship standards?
Only time will tell. For now, enjoy the first episode of TOUGH SEASON!
Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.