IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA Star Talks the Upcoming Season
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been a staple of the FX Network since the small comedy series debuted in 2005. This year, the show is entering its ninth season, and is headlining the debut of FX’s brand new network, FXX. This week, series star, writer and co-creator Glenn Howerton sat down to answer some questions about the upcoming season and the Emmy Awards.
As a constant, successful performer in the FX line-up, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia has been a primary example of the little show that could. With its nine seasons, It’s Always Sunny has seen a success that few comedies in television history have equaled. The classic NBC situation comedy Friends ran for ten years, while fellow NBC comedy Seinfeld ran for nine seasons. Howerton reflects on the beginnings of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “–We started as a very, very small show, and I think we looked so low-budget and FX wasn’t known for comedies, I don’t think people really paid any attention to us– it took so many years for it to grow its audience.” When asked about the surprising lack of Emmy love for the popular series, Howerton replied “I think that the first impression of a low-budget, we-don’t-need-to-pay-attention-to-this-small-cable-comedy thing kind of stuck. It seems like though, the Emmys…really love cable dramas. But, they don’t really seem to love cable comedies.” Seemingly proving his point, popular ABC situation comedy Modern Family has been honored as the ‘Best Comedy Series’ for the last four years at the Emmy Awards.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia airs at 10:00pm on FXX. Along with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the new network will air popular, former FX comedy series’ like The League and Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Asked about the interesting move, Howerton answered, “I guess (I was) mildly honored to be launching an entire new network. Maybe slightly worried that it wouldn’t work, but not that worried….We were a bit bummed that FXX is, at least initially, in less homes than FX, and that’s definitely a disappointment.”
Despite FXX’s status as a new channel, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s FXX premiere in the first week of September was, according to entertainment website Deadline, considered a success by the network. “(It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) logged 30,000 more 18-34 year old guys than it had with its last season debut on FX, so FXX is calling it a win.” The article goes on to quote the FX Productions CEO John Landgraf, “To have just launched the channel three days ago and get these ratings is trilling.”
Teasing the upcoming season of the long-running comedy, Howerton says: “–We’ve actually got Sean William Scott; he’s going to be in an episode….We’ve also got Josh Groban….We’ve got alot of our recurring cast, the McPoyles, and the Artemis, the waitress. We’ve got Mary Lynn Rajskub from 24, she’s going to be back on the show this year, too.” With It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia set for yet another successful season, will you be tuning in?