Most actors could only dream of ever playing someone as fabulous as Sons of Anarchy’s Venus Van Dam, the troubled transgender character that The Shield star Walton Goggins quickly and easily turned into one of the show’s most memorable characters.
On May 28, filming began on FX’s down and dirty biker drama Sons of Anarchy. Luckily, this means casting news is revving up, and it looks like a new sheriff is coming to Charming, California, and her name is Annabeth Gish.
Marilyn Manson is kind of a strange guy. Like other celebrity weirdos, he likes to get up to a lot of interesting nonsense, and over the past few years, he’s begun to try his hand at acting, popping up in both dramas and comedies. This week, we learned that Manson’s next gig will take him over to FX, where he will appear in the show’s intense drama Sons of Anarchy
She is not a bonnet-wearing, tea-sipping mother of yore, but rather a hard-living warrior whose many destructive life choices were made not only in self-preservation, but for the safety and welfare of both her SAMCRO family and more importantly, her son Jax.
If you’re caught up on Sons of Anarchy through Season 6, news that Drea de Matteo is being upgraded to series regular for Season 7 shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. And if you’re not caught up, read no further because we’re about to get seriously spoilery! The Sopranos star has appeared in the show on and off since the start of the motorcycle drama’s run, but this is the first time she’s going to be a regular on the show.
A lot of people died on television in 2013. Maybe the number of small-screen fatalities are always this high but it sure seems like the past year went above and beyond in the death department. Big series offing two, three even four major characters was commonplace. No one is safe, especially on cable. Here are ten shows that featured some of the year's most memorable and/or shocking losses.
I went into last night’s Sons of Anarchy feeling certain I was ready for whatever the intense FX drama had in store for us with its last installment of its sixth season. I was wrong, and I doubt I was alone there, especially when we consider the total viewers who tuned in for “A Mother’s Work.” The ratings are in and Tuesday night’s episode brought in big numbers, with 5.2 million total viewers tuning in, which makes the episode the series’ most watched finale ever, though it actually fell a bit behind the Season 6 premiere (5.87 million).
No one watches Sons of Anarchy for the conversations; they watch it to see the members of SAMCRO get into hectic situations where the endgame is never clear. Tonight’s “A Mother’s Work” managed to cram both meaningful and tense talks and devastating action into its nearly two-hour timeframe, with more than enough tense dialogue and blood to last another season. I haven’t been able to close my mouth properly since it ended
It’s that time of year again! TV doesn’t exactly grind to a halt during the holidays, as some networks fill their primetime hours with holiday programming, but most of our favorite TV dramas and comedies will be going on hiatus for the next few weeks, if not longer. Lest you think that means you actually have to step away from the television, rest assured, this is actually a great time of year to watch those shows you’ve been meaning to check out, or lose yourself in a nostalgic binge-watch.
All I can say about tonight’s episode of Sons of Anarchy is, “Wow” with a capital W, with Jax hiding behind it, ready to come out and put a couple of bullets in whatever happens to be in his way. Obviously I have more to say about it; otherwise this would be a pretty short story, unlike S.O.A., which has really started to play its cards properly in reminding people that this is a long story with an endgame in sight. What’s the best way to avoid getting antbites? You kill all the ants.
You know, I don’t care if there is a joyous holiday this week that puts us with our families and friends for a time-honored American tradition. A week without Sons of Anarchy is a week without happiness for me, and I missed my patch-clad family this week. Thankfully, FX decided to reward fans for our patience with an exciting preview for next week’s episode, titled “You are My Sunshine.” Spoiler alerts from here on out, folks.
Well I’ll be damned. After a couple of decent but generic episodes,Sons of Anarchy revved it up to 11 tonight for “Aod Rud Persanta,” which abruptly put a dead end to several of the show’s ongoing storylines in a most bloody fashion. It was how Ocean’s Eleven would have gone if Danny Ocean were the bearded president of a badass motorcycle club, instead of just some guy in a suit. Everything has changed for SAMCRO now, and it’s all for the better.
These 90-minute episodes are really starting to take a toll on my experience with the series. Last week was essentially just one big confession-filled lead-up to this week’s “Huang Wu,” which was itself one big emotional lead-up to next week’s explosive prison transport. I cannot wait for that episode, sure, but with the15-18 minutes of extra content we’re getting every week, it feels like we should have gotten to it already,
If you’d have told me last week that tonight’s episode would feature a whole lot of people putting Tara in their crosshairs, all while Clay maniacally bites off a prison guard’s nose, I’d have assumed the episode was an instant classic. Instead, we get a lot of grievances being aired out like a filthy trunk that hasn’t had any dead bodies hidden inside it for a while. Wait, bikers don’t have trunks…
One always hopes a Goggins appearance in a series will be complemented with another, so when he showed up last week in full Venus Van Dam regalia, I silently cheered that it wasn’t too flashy a performance, which meant she might be coming back. And boy, did she, all while dragging each and every bruised and tarnished skeleton out of her deep, dark exploited closet.