Well that certainly opened with a bang. There were many of us in the SAMCRO fandom who feared the series was beginning to lose some of its luster during its meandering third season spent partially in Ireland. But not all who wander are lost — enter Season Four, which had the best cold open of any to date for SOA, and brought things (mostly) local again, focusing on club politics and betrayals (some of them quite severe). The end of the fourth season was compelling (Jax taking the clubs’s reins with a totally badassed-up Tara in support, a direct callback to Gemma and JT), but what made it even better was all that it set up for Season Five. Clay, The King, is not dead, the club is not rid of outside influences (in this case, the CIA via the Galindo cartel); they’re still running guns and drugs, and the members themselves, and their families, are in constant danger. Though there was no time jump from the end of last year’s run to the start of this one, things are already incredibly busy and incredibly dark. For a reminder of where things left off last year and a look at how things kicked off with the new season, hit the jump.
With television, unexpected and unpredictable have become more and more rare. Due to the level of money on the line, safe is more of a sure bet. But, it’s that unpredictability that keeps me coming back to the FX drama series Sons of Anarchy, season after season, and it’s the unexpected nature of the show that has me anxiously anticipating Season 5, premiering on September 11th.
While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, show creator/writer/executive producer Kurt Sutter talked to the press about how Jax (Charlie Hunnam) sitting at the head of the SAMCRO table will affect things this coming season (which picks up three to four weeks after the end of Season 4), the physical and emotional wreckage that Clay (Ron Perlman) will be dealing with, whether Gemma (Katey Sagal) might ever be able to forgive Clay, the ramifications of Juice’s (Theo Rossi) actions last season, what it will take for Opie (Ryan Hurst) to come back to the club, and the additions of Jimmy Smits (as a gangbanger named Nero Padilla), Harold Perrineau (as Damon Pope), Chuck Zito, Ashley Tisdale and Joel McHale this season. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
The intense, gripping drama series Sons of Anarchy has become the most-watched series for FX and has developed a devoted fan base rivaled by few other TV shows currently on the air. So, it was no surprise that it was honored at the 29th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival, saluting excellence in programming.
During the March 7th panel, a few hints were given about story direction and character development for Season 5 (the most notable of which was that it will pick up about a month after where Season 4 left off), which starts shooting in May with a September premiere date, and an update was given about a possible prequel series. Hit the jump to see the highlights of what show creator Kurt Sutter (“Otto”), along with cast members Katey Sagal (“Gemma”), Theo Rossi (“Juice”), Tommy Flanagan (“Chibs”), Dayton Callie (“Unser”), David Labrava (“Happy”) and Michael Ornstein (“Chucky”), had to say:
It’s no surprise when a network renews its highest rated show. For FX, that show happens to be fan-favorite Sons of Anarchy, a crime drama that follows members of the SAMCRO motorcycle club and their exploits in the quaint town of Charming, California. The series was renewed for a fifth season back in October, but fans will be happy to hear that the show has been renewed for a sixth season as well. In addition, creator and showrunner Kurt Sutter has signed a three-year overall deal with Twentieth Century Fox TV and FX Productions that will carry him through the seventh, and likely final, season. Hit the jump for more on Sons of Anarchy.
After its highest-rated season ever, Sons of Anarchy closed Season 4 in a way that clearly paves the way for an already highly anticipated Season 5. By the end of the season finale, everything was shaken up and everyone’s future was uncertain, which should make for very interesting storytelling when the series returns in September 2012.
With the season over, show creator Kurt Sutter took some time to reflect on the events that occurred and how they’ll affect things, going forward. During this recent interview, he talked about the rise in ratings, the influence that fans have on the show, where he sees things heading with everybody’s favorite characters, what he sees for his own character, Otto, and how he’s hoping to have seven seasons to tell this story, but that he’d be open to more. Check out what he had to say after the jump, which does include spoilers from Season 4.
It’s time for a status check on Southpaw. Last we heard, DreamWorks let the project go, and the filmmakers were shopping it elsewhere. I have been rooting for Southpaw to find a home because of the intriguing collection of talent: Eminem starring, Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest) directing, a script by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy). Southpaw won’t need to wander too much longer, because that project also enticed a number of studio suitors. MGM is reportedly the frontrunner to acquire the film with a bid that places Sony in charge of distribution.
Sutter’s script follows a welterweight boxing champion (Eminem) whose life is upended when tragedy strikes. Hit the jump for more on the story, including Sutter’s explanation of how it parallels Eminem’s career.
by Jason Barr Posted: August 11th, 2011 at 2:44 pm
Back in June, we told you about director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) leaving his long-gestating Tupac Shakur project in favor of a boxing drama entitled Southpaw. Written by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, Southpaw was picked up by DreamWorks as a pitch with Eminem attached to lead the pic in his first performance since 2002′s 8 Mile. Fast-forward to the present and DreamWorks has essentially given the film back to Fuqua and co. to market to other potential takers. Sutter’s Southpaw script would see Eminem play a welterweight boxing champion who crashes hard following an unspecified tragedy. As a result, the heart of the film will see him make a comeback for the ages so as to supplement he and his young daughter.
No specific reasons are being cited for DreamWorks’ move, but Deadline purports that Southpaw‘s budget (rumored to be around $30 million) could be the culprit. The general theory is that a budget closer to the one utilized by The Fighter (in the low $20 million range) would be more enticing in a market that is fighter-heavy already (i.e. The Fighter and Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy’s upcoming Warrior). All this in mind, given the talent behind Southpaw, I would guess that we’ll be hearing about the project landing on its feet somewhere sooner rather than later.
On the popular FX drama series Sons of Anarchy, the events at the end of Season 3 saw much of SAMCRO heading out for a 14-month prison sentence. Now, for Season 4, premiering on September 6th, the guys return to Charming and find it to be very different from the town that they left. With a new mayor and a new sheriff, the town has undergone some development that leaves the club less than happy with the new law enforcement in town.
Prior to their Comic-Con presentation in Hall H, actress Katey Sagal and show creator Kurt Sutter talked about the changes in Charming, the new additions to the cast (which includes Rockmond Dunbar, Ray McKinnon and Danny Trejo), how things have been for Gemma (Sagal) while the guys have been in prison, and the status of the relationship between Jax (Charlie Hunnam) and Tara (Maggie Siff) when they’re reunited. Check out what they had to say after the jump:
Eminem (aka Marshall Mathers) will star in the boxing drama, Southpaw, for DreamWorks. Mathers will play “a fast-rising welterweight boxer who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him due to tragedy.” DreamWorks bought the film from a pitch by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, who aims to have a screenplay draft ready by February, before he has to start preparing the fourth season of Sons of Anarchy.
Southpaw marks Mathers’ return to acting after earning a lot of critical praise for his debut performance in 2002’s 8 Mile. Hit the jump to read about why Mathers chose Southpaw to be his return to acting, and what will make the film a semi-continuation of 8 Mile.
A couple running series have just been renewed for another season. First up, FX announced (via press release) that they have renewed their hit drama Sons of Anarchy for a fourth season run of 13 episodes. It’s quite an early order for another season considering the current-running third season still has eight episodes left to air on Tuesdays at 10/9c. FX president and general manager says, “Sons of Anarchy is the most popular show FX has ever had. FX is grateful to Kurt Sutter and his team of writers, actors, directors and crew for working so hard to make a show that achieves both those levels of success. We congratulate them and look forward to season four.”
After a successful first season run, SyFy announced (via press release) renewal of their series Haven for a second season run of 13 episodes to start production next spring with a plan to premiere later in the summer of 2011. Haven, starring Emily Rose, is based on The Colorado Kid from renowned author Stephen King. The series follows FBI agent Audrey Parker (Rose), who takes up residence in the small town of Haven, Maine and soon discovers the town’s many secrets. A longtime refuge for people with an eclectic range of supernatural abilities, Haven also holds the key to unlocking the mysteries of Audrey’s lost past. Among the townspeople are local cop Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant) and the mysterious and charming Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour). Any pleased fans out there?
After The Shield ended at FX, executive producer/writer/director Kurt Sutter decided to continue his relationship with the network, when he created the hit drama Sons of Anarchy. Exploring a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, Calif. stays just the way it is, they have spent the last two seasons confronting threats from drug dealers, corporate developers, overzealous law officers and even a very dangerous white supremacist.
Last season’s finale saw Abel, the infant son of the club’s Vice President, Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam) kidnapped, leaving him feeling powerless and sending him into deeper turmoil over his future with the club. In the highly anticipated Season 3, his search will send the club as far as Ireland, where Jax faces not only the Irish Republican Army, but his own personal history as well.
During a recent interview, show creator Kurt Sutter talked about the dual storylines in Charming and Belfast, gave hints about what fans can expect from this season’s even more personal struggle and journey, revealed some of the great guest stars and that he has a definite idea for what the last 10 or 11 episodes of the series will look like, whenever that time comes. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
During my “Sons of Anarchy” set visit, I had the opportunity to participate in roundtable interviews with members of the cast. The legendary Ron Perlman talked to us about not really getting into the social aspects of the show, getting in touch with his character (Clay), and talked a little bit about the possibility of him appearing in Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Hobbit”. Check it out after the jump.
“Sons of Anarchy” is one of the best shows on television. It’s relentlessly hardcore, but beneath the bikes, bullets, and boobs there is a brain and a heart that few shows will match. The first season set up the major players and loosened the screws of the soon-to-be-crumbling empire that is the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, and the show’s overarching “Hamlet” motif is truly set in motion. With the show’s second season starting Tuesday, September 8th, FX sent over the first 5 episodes of Season 2, and oh man are they good. My spoiler-free preview after the jump.
Shortly after the turn of the millennium, the FX network realized that most television viewers tuning in after 10pm were adults, and as such were perfectly capable of being treated like adults. This revelation meant that no longer would sanitized television be necessary to maintain sponsorship, and it meant that edgier, cinema-like shows were viable outside of the HBO realm both in terms of quality and viewership. Over the past 7 years, FX has laid claim to some of the best dramas on television: “The Shield”, “Nip/Tuck”, and “Rescue Me”. It’s time to add one more to the list.