With just one successful animated series on their schedule in the form of Archer, FX is looking to expand their cartoon horizons for mature audiences as the cable network announced it has just picked up Unsupervised (working title), an animated comedy series from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia executive producers/writers/stars Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, who have their own production banner called RCG Productions. In addition, writers/producers Rob Rosell, Scott Marder and David Hornsby from that very comedy series will executive produce with animation from Archer executive producers Adam Reed and Matt Thompson.
The new show focuses on optimistic best friends Gary and Joel navigating the harsh landscape of teenage life and trying to do what’s right without any parental guidance whatsoever. And if the talent behind the series doesn’t have you excited already, then the voice cast should turn some heads as it includes Justin Long, Kristen Bell, Romany Malco, Kaitlin Olson, Alexa Vega with Fred Armisen voicing a character in the pilot episode and producers Rosell and Hornsby lending their pipes as well. If it measures up to the same amount of hilarity and quality that the aforementioned FX comedies deliver every season, then we should all be in for another great series.
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:
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:
Yesterday I had the opportunity to participate in a press conference for FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, one of the funniest and most outrageous shows on television. The press conference featured all of the show’s main cast, including Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Danny Devito and Mary Elizabeth Ellis. For those who don’t know, Howerton, McElhenney and Day also write the show. The panel was a lot of fun and the cast gave out some good information about the upcoming season. Continue reading to see what the cast had to say.
Even from its pilot episode, “The Gang Gets Racist”, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been one of the most mean-spirited and offensive shows on television. It’s also been one of the funniest, and it’s only gotten funnier, as well as more mean-spirited and offensive, over the last four seasons. Now in its fifth season, the show has become one of FX’s biggest hits and they’ve even released a special Christmas episode, A Very Sunny Christmas, which is available now on DVD, Blu-ray, and digital download.
Stars and co-creators Glenn Howerton (who plays Dennis Reynolds) and Rob McElhenney (who plays Mac) recently sat down for a conference call where they talk about the show’s success, the controversy surrounding the episode “The Great Recession” which prominently featured Dave & Busters and Coors Light, how they came to create A Very Sunny Christmas, and more. Fans of the show should definitely check it out after the jump.
By a time a show reaches its fifth season, it’s in an awkward place. It’s established what made it popular but if it keeps using that established trait, then the show gets stale, it dies, and too many shows avoid this natural selection by either indifferent audiences who don’t want any evolution in their show or by networks who are too scared to replace it with a new show that may not even build up an audience in the first place.
So where does “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” go? We know it’s meaner than hell, features the most unlikable cast possible, and pushes its characters to unbelievable stupidity. Well, as it turns out, they can perfect all this and then up their game by having the actors announce that they’ve just mastered comedic performance. Hit the jump to find out why the newest season of TV’s meanest comedy may be its best yet.
The best thing about the holiday’s is the unexpected surprises. And this one is no different, as I’ve just gotten word the hit FX show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has produced a Christmas special and it’s going to be released November 17th on DVD/Blu-ray! Since this is the first I’ve heard about this holiday themed episode, I’m sure it’s news to a lot of you as well. If you’re curious what it’s about, the synopsis and DVD cover art is after the jump: