'Blue Mountain State' renewed

Spike comedy series centers on freshmen football players

Spike has renewed "Blue Mountain State" for a second season seven weeks into the football-themed comedy series' first season.

"State," from Lionsgate TV and Brian Robbins' Varsity Pictures, has received a 13-episode order.

"State" 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 and are co-executive producing. Robbins is executive producing with Varsity's Sharla Sumpter-Bridgett.

"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."