Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 Returning TV Series of 2013

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In addition to a bevy of new and fantastic shows debuting in 2013, there were also plenty of trusted favorites to keep up with as well.  While BBC America and Sundance provided most of the best new content of the year, stalwart HBO dominates the list of returning programming.  Unlike the list of new series, the returning shows category features a few comedies, an acknowledgement that often it takes comedy series a little longer to get off the ground.  Bottom line, a good show is a good show regardless of format or genre.  Hit the jump for, in no particular order, the list of Top 10 Returning Series of 2013.


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The return of veteran FX comedies It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (starting its ninth season) and The League (starting its fifth), along with the noteworthy Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell (in its second season) are actually not returning to FX.  The network has moved them to its new sister station FXX, which will have more of a focus on the 18-34 year old viewer market.  While this trio of shows will anchor the new channel, the rest of the schedule (for the time being) will be filled with comedy reruns.

As for the new seasons though — which return September 4th at 10 p.m. – hit the jump to find out more on how they are holding up in their old age, and why you need to start watching Totally Biased.

Charlie Day Talks PACIFIC RIM, Bringing Levity to Blockbusters, the Practical Sets, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY Season 9, and More

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With Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim opening this weekend, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Charlie Day at the press junket.  During the interview he talked about doing the interview during a huge parade outside the hotel, his reaction to seeing Pacific Rim for the first time, how the movie is fun and not serious like Man of Steel, and a lot more.  In addition, Day talked about his work on the Lego Movie, the status of Horrible Bosses 2, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia season 9, and Comic-Con.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Finally, If you missed any of my set visit coverage, be sure to check out my video blog recap with 20 things to know, plus extended on set interviews with Guillermo del Toro, Charlie Day, Ron Perlman, and executive producer Callum Greene.

Comic-Con 2013 Schedule for Sunday, July 21st Includes BREAKING BAD, DOCTOR WHO, COMMUNITY, SONS OF ANARCHY, and More

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Now that the entire schedule for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con has been announced with today’s unveiling of the Sunday lineup, it’s quite clear that if you’re coming to the Con for TV, you’re going to be very happy.  TV panels have moved into Hall H on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in addition to Sunday, and so the extent of studios’ feature film presence has been pared down considerably.  There’s still a lot to look forward to, but the film offerings this year are few and far between.

That being said, Sunday’s TV-only lineup is rather swell, with Breaking Bad taking over Hall H for the final season panel, in addition to Hall H panels for Doctor Who, Supernatural, Sons of Anarchy, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Community, which should be rather eventful given that series creator/candid-to-a-fault showrunner Dan Harmon is taking part.  Hit the jump to check out the highlights from Sunday’s Comic-Con programming, and be sure to check Collider frequently during the Con for all of our recaps, interviews, and much more.  Comic-Con 2013 runs from July 18th – 21st.

Charlie Day Talks MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, Working with Pixar, PACIFIC RIM, Getting Through Writer’s Block, HORRIBLE BOSSES 2, and More

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As a fan of many of their movies, I’ve been wanting to go to Pixar, for some time now. And since you have to either work there, know someone who works there, or get an invite to go there, I jumped at the recent opportunity to make the trip to Emeryville, Calif. to do interviews for their latest feature film, Monsters University, and had a great time while I was there. The film follows Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal), who arrives at the campus with the dream of becoming a Scarer while James “Sulley” Sullivan (voiced by John Goodman) feels like he doesn’t have to put in the time or work to succeed because he was born with his talent. When their journeys both prove to be a bit more complicated than they anticipated, they find help and friendship in the unlikeliest of places.

At the film’s press day, actor Charlie Day (who voices Art, Oozma Kappa’s most free-spirited and mysterious monster) spoke to Collider during a roundtable and 1-on-1 interview about how he came to be doing a Pixar animated feature, finding out what his character would look like, how exciting it was to record at Pixar, his character’s backstory, how much he stuck to the script, what he was like in college, and what scared him as a kid.  He also talked about his work in Pacific Rim and what a wild ride the film is, just how much fun he’s had making It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for so many seasons now, his trick to get over writer’s block, his comedic inspirations, doing a cameo for The Lego Movie, and the status of Horrible Bosses 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

FX Launches New Network and a Huge Slate of New Programming; Renews JUSTIFIED, THE LEAGUE, and More; Orders FARGO to Series

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FX, home of Sons of AnarchyJustified, and The Americans (which has already been picked up for a second season), just exploded with information about new spin-off channels, series renewals, new series and more, such as:

  • FX has launched a new network, FXX, to appeal to a young adult set of viewers.
  • Series renewals include Justified, It’s Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaThe League and Legit, with the latter three moving to FXX in 2014.
  • Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell expands to a 5-nights-a week.
  • FX orders a 10-episode limited series of Fargo.
  • FX orders comedy pilots How and Why from Charlie Kaufman, and Chozen from Grant DekernionDanny McBride and the team behind Eastbound & Down.

Hit the jump for all the details.

John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX, Talks AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 3, THE AMERICANS, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY Season 10, and More

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As part of the TCA Press Tour presentation for FX, President & General Manager of FX Networks John Landgraf took some time to talk about their current hit series, new shows, and what they see as possibilities for their future line-up.  During the interview, he spoke about the importance of establishing trust with your showrunners, having strong female leads at the center of their upcoming drama series The Americans and The Bridge, what he’s heard about casting for Season 3 of American Horror Story, the plan for the next 90 episodes of Anger Management and the tweaking they’ve done to the show, how he sees It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia having a 10-season run, and broadcaster responsibility, in regard to violence on television.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.


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With Texas Chainsaw 3D opening January 4th, 2013, star Alexandra Daddario came to New York Comic-Con this weekend to promote the film.  Directed by John Luessenhop (Takers), the pic is a direct sequel to the 1974 original and picks up where that film left off: “a young woman has escaped the horrors of the Sawyer family and alerted authorities, leading the townspeople to descend on the Sawyer household and seemingly put an end to the family’s reign of terror.  The story then jumps forward to present day where a young woman (Daddario) has inherited a Texas estate from a grandmother she didn’t know she had.”  Needless to say, after she arrives, things go bad.  For more on the film, here’s the trailer and all our previous coverage.

During my exclusive interview with Daddario we talked about being at NYCC, how she got cast, the gore, how the film changed from the initial conception through to the final cut (she reveals that there was an alternate ending filmed), what it was like to film in Shreveport, Louisiana, and a lot more.  In addition, we also talked about White Collar (she played Kate), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (she just filmed an episode) and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.


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The fall TV season is just around the corner, and FX has just announced a slew of premiere dates for its returning series.  Here’s a brief look at when your favorite shows will be back:

Sons of Anarchy kicks off its fifth season with a special 90-minute episode, while Ultimate Fighter Fridays will have a two-hour premiere.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.

2012 Emmy Awards: Our List of Underrated Performances and Shows That Deserve Recognition

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Before the 2012 Emmy Nominations are officially announced (July 19th), I wanted to jump in and highlight some of what I believe to be some of the best underrated performances on television this year.  Putting aside some of the perennial winners, the following discussion for each of the major categories is likely to mention plenty of names who won’t get Emmy mentions this year, but certainly should (and others who may get a nod, but likely won’t win).  Hit the jump for the (spoiler-free!) list that is not meant to be exhaustive (after all, I do watch an unhealthy amount of TV but I’m not caught up on everything), but hopefully brings at least a few of those dark horses to light with the recognition they deserve.


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FX has sent out a press release laying out their fall schedule.  The network’s fall season will kick off on Tuesday, September 9th at 10pm with the 90-minute season premiere of Sons of Anarchy.  On Thursday, September 15th at 10pm, the new season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will begin.  FX’s newest show, American Horror, will premiere on Wednesday, October 5th at 10pm.  The following night at 10:30pm, the new season of The League begins.  Finally, Archer will get a special three-week run starting on Thursday September 15th in hopes that it can expand its audience by having It’s Always Sunny as its lead-in.  New episodes of Archer will air on September 15, 22, and 29th and then will return for its new season in earnest (although the word “earnest” should never be used when writing about Archer) in early 2012 with a 13-episode season.

Hit the jump for the full press release which contains more info on all five shows.


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FX has announced which telelvision shows it will be bringing to Comic-Con this year. Archer, Wilfred, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Sons of Anarchy will each have their own panels at the convention. From Archer, stars H. Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash will appear. From Wilfred, stars Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelman and Dorian Brown will be on hand. From It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito will participate. Finally, from Sons of Anarchy, stars Charlie Hunnam, Ron Pearlman and Katey Segal are scheduled to appear.

Additionally, Archer and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will be screening brand new episodes for the audience. Hit the jump to read the full press release, which has more details on each panel. We’ll have more Comic-Con announcements for you in the coming weeks, leading up to our full coverage from San Diego beginning July 20th.

Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito Set Visit Interview IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA

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Wrapping up filming on its 7th season, likely to debut in September on FX, about a dozen online outlets were invited to hang out on the set and chat with the cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia while they were shooting their season finale. After observing a couple of scenes being shot, which were connected to the baby storyline from Season 6, and taking a tour of the sets, which included the very recognizable Paddy’s Pub, we were treated to a delicious catered lunch and then brought into a conference room to wait for the cast.

Show creator/executive producer/star Rob McElhenney, who has put on 50 pounds for story purposes, was joined by co-stars Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito for a nearly 45-minute chat, in which they talked about the darker tone, their jaunt to the Jersey Shore, guest stars, more serialized storytelling, themes of this season, the reason for the extreme weight gain, and their hope for a Season 8. Check out excerpts that highlight some of the stand-out points of the interview, and listen to the audio for the full conversation:

Nominations for the First Annual Comedy Awards

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Last month, we found out Comedy Central and MTV Networks were putting together The Comedy Awards, a broadcast awards event to honor the best comedy films, actors, TV series, digital content and stand-up acts. The Comedy Awards will be taped on March 26th for a premiere on Sunday, April 10th which will be simultaneous broadcast on Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1 and Nick At Nite. Now the nominations for the awards’ debut have finally been revealed, and they mostly hit the nail on the head. There’s love for big comedies like The Other Guys and Get Him to the Greek, but lower profile films like Cyrus and Tiny Furniture get some love too. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump.


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For five seasons (plus a Christmas special), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been the flagship comedy on a network known for its edgy dramas.  Sunny remains on brand for FX by this virtue: you certainly can’t find anything like it on the broadcast networks, you probably can’t find anything comparable on the rest of basic cable, and even the unlimited bounds of premium cable systematically fail to espouse such depravity with such consistency.

There is a theoretical saturation point, where either I or the characters get too old for their antics.  Thank god it hasn’t come in season six, which continues to provide shameful joy in the four episodes FX sent over for review.  More after the jump:

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