Sunny's funny Season Four production blog launches
by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 27th 2008 12:00PM
Can't get enough It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia? The irreverent FX comedy is back September 18th (10/9 Central) for a fourth season of shenanigans unlike anything live action non-sketch television comedy has ever given us. Except for those other shows you are about to fill the comments with. If you're anxious for the show to start, and want more of Charlie, Mac, Frank, Dennis and Sweet Dee then have I got a treat for you.
Okay, well that's not fair. I really didn't have anything to do with it. But show writers Patrick Walsh and Sonny Lee aren't here to take credit for it, so we'll just say it's all me. That's right, come check out Paddy's Pub, the new production blog for the upcoming season of It's Always Sunny. It features cast interviews as well as excerpts from Dennis' erotic memoir and even an advice column written by Frank. Now there isn't much there right now, but it only launched August 26th. I mean seriously, what the hell do you people want from me ... I mean from staff writers Patrick Walsh and Sonny Lee.
It's actually a pretty cool little blog so far, with entries submitted by "Dennis" and "Dirty Frank" as well as the actual writers. The duo have promised regular content leading up to the season launch as well as throughout the season. I don't know if they'll be able to keep up the posting frequency they're launching with, but so far it's a great complement to the show. Except for that excerpt from Dennis' erotic memoir.
The problem is that it's very well written, and while I'm not sure how Dennis was able to live out my sexual fantasy down to the last detail, I am so jealous right now of the magic he must have experienced with that beautiful eye-patched ancient Asian seductress. But I forgive him, because he's told me where she is. I just booked my flight to Philadelphia and left a note on the pillow for my wife to find. She'll understand; we had an agreement that if my fantasy pirate lover ever surfaced, I had to follow my heart.
I've been re-watching the pre-Frank first season of Sunny in preparation for the new episodes, and I'm struck by how Sweet Dee seemed almost to be the sane voice of reason at the beginning. I'm glad she's just as depraved and sick as the rest of the cast now. It works so much better for all of them to be beyond redemption. I've always hated those shows where the boys are allowed to act ridiculous, and the women are relegated to rolling their eyes at "those silly boys." I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus started her Seinfeld run in much the same way before ending up as depraved and self-centered as the rest of that gang.
Kaitlin Olson is hilarious and deserves for us to laugh at her idiocy just as much as the guys. Plus, now we at home are the only ones rolling our eyes. And by taking away the moral high ground on the screen, the writers are able to take it much further, leaving the audience to find when the line has been crossed. This usually happens a few seconds into the first scene.
If you haven't yet given it a chance, they're currently streaming the entire run of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Hulu. You've got 22 days before the new season launches and 32 episodes to watch, but they're only 30 minutes long each. That's less time than a full season of 24. Which means you can watch it all in one day! I'll check back tomorrow to see what you thought of it. See you then!