When it comes to making things last on television, few know how to do it as smoothly and as hilariously as the gang behind FXís Itís Always Sunny in Philadelphia, which is gearing up for Season 10 premiering in January. Thankfully, we may have a new way to experience their brashly bizarre comedy, as FX has given the greenlight to their pilot Pariah.
Here are five series that never got the Primetime Emmy attention they deserve, and probably never will. This obviously isnít an exhaustive list, and doesnít reflect the entire TV landscape, but these are series that have been on for multiple years that mostly retained the same level of quality and enjoyment.
The main characters on Itís Always Sunny In Philadelphia are amateur critics. They interact with and enthusiastically judge every single object, human being, beer, restaurant or philosophical idea they come across. During the early seasons, watching that aggressive scheming and unrelentingly selfish behavior was a bit jarring for many viewers. Now, itís almost comforting in a way.
During Itís Always Sunny In Philadelphiaís nine season run, Danny DeVito has been asked to do some crazy things by co-stars/ creators Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton. His character, Frank Reynolds, has hooked up with crack cocaine addicted prostitutes, hung out with Vietnamese gambling fiends, partied with people who sleep under bridges and insulted his own children to the point of almost total mental annihilation.
Excluding preview night, Sunday may very well be the easiest day at Comic-Con, for those who are willing to stick around for the remaining panels. While there are fewer events scheduled that day, there's still plenty to see and do. Sunday's become a big day for TV panels, most of which typically set up shop in Hall H.
FX is gearing up for Comic Con with a number of series set to return to the convention this year. The cable network has managed to spread their panels out to cover almost each day of SDCC, Saturday excluded. Wilfred, Archer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Sons of Anarchy will represent FX (and FXX) at Comic Con this year, with Wilfred leading off the pack late Thursday afternoon.
The Gang takes to the moody black and white setting like a lime to a tequila shot. All three clips look superb and make me wish they would branch off into more fantastical stuff like this during the actual show itself.
What do Game of Thrones and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia have in common? As of Season 9 of the FX comedy, writers apparently. At least, for one episode anyway. The team of showrunners who are usually busy blowing our minds with each passing episode of Game of Thrones are set to pen an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia for the upcoming season.
Smartly, FXX is also bringing in some big names from the past to shore up their roster-- reruns of Arrested Development and Aaron Sorkin's short-lived Sports Night will also be airing on the new network, which is launching into 74 million homes on September 2. They're also planning to add six original comedies as well as original dramas to the lineup-- an ambitious roster for any new channel, but probably just a logical next step for a network that's had as many slam-dunks in recent years as FX.
It looks like Itís Always Sunny in Philadelphia fans have at least one more season to look forward too Ė although itís not official yet Ė and Anger Management fans will need to set aside some serious screen time. FX told TCA that Sunny is ďvery likelyĒ to get another season, while the Charlie Sheen comeback show will steamroll through with approximately 45 episodes a year.
In many ways, probably all of them, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is to thank for FX suddenly becoming a major player in comedy and it not only has the eighth season on the horizon but has also already picked up for a ninth. The renewal is deserved, since the network staple doesn't seem to be running out of ideas anytime soon. Take a look at the group discussing the virtues of a "Baby Tan." Oh. Yeah. I forgot to mention that one of those ideas they aren't running out of included replacing the entire cast.
Itís Always Sunny In Philadelphia has booked a big name guest star from the hip hop world for a Season 8 appearance. Rapper turned hip hop mogul turned fashion mogul turned actor Sean Combs has been tapped to show up some time in the new season, with details on his appearance being kept a tightly guarded secret.
We already knew the return dates for a couple of FX's original series this fall, but the network has filled in the blanks, laying out the schedule for when their returning comedies and dramas (and The Ultimate Fighter Fridays) will make their fall debut. And it all starts with the roar of a motorcycle as Sons of Anarchy has its fifth season premiere set for next week.
That's why they call it a tease. The It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia video showed absolutely no footage from Season 8 (who knows with this show) but the mere reminder that it is coming back, and soon, is exciting enough. Plus, the Anime spin was also good for a laugh or two, I mean, just look at Frank. Ridiculous. Perhaps not as effective as their 'Family Portrait' campaign last season but I am more excited for the new season to kick off than I was 10 seconds ago.
We shouldn't be surprised at how bizarre, hilarious, and ultimately effective the marketing materials for the upcoming season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia turned out. They are a perfect reflection of the show's way-left-of-center humor and its oddball yet lovable characters that comprise this weird extended family, or extended family of weirdoes. So this latest poster fits like a glove, an awkward "Sears-ish" family portrait. How touching?