February 26, 2010 / 9:15 AM / 10 years ago

Spike renews 'Blue Mountain State" comedy

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Spike has renewed the football-themed comedy series “Blue Mountain State” for a second season.

The show revolves around three freshmen, Darin Brooks, Romanski and Sam Jones, who attend Midwestern football powerhouse Blue Mountain State and must adapt to college life while juggling football, women, classes and hazing.

Co-starring on “State” are NFL running back-turned-actor Ed Marinaro as the team’s coach, Gabrielle Dennis and Alan Ritchson.

Jones, who was arrested in a federal drug sting in October in connection with a plan to purchase and distribute more than 10,000 oxycodone pills, is not expected to return for Season 2. It is not clear whether his role will be recast.

Romanski (formerly known as Chris Romano) and Eric Falconer created the series.

“State’s” Season 2 pickup comes days before the premiere of Spike’s other sports-themed new comedy, “Players,” and a week after the network greenlighted a pilot for the golf-themed comedy “Back Nine.”

“Sports comedies (are) something that Spike wants to do,” Spike president Kevin Kay said, noting that other networks generally shy from the genre because it is too male-skewing but that’s what makes it appealing to the male-centric Spike. “Ultimately I’d love to have a two-hour block of scripted comedies.”

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