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Why Is Television Losing Women Writers? Veteran Producers Weigh In

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 8th 2011 11:00AM
As the fall TV season approaches, it's worth taking a closer look at the people who have created and written the scripted fare you'll see.

In the 2006-2007 television season, 35 percent of the writers of broadcast network, prime-time programs were women, according to an annual study by San Diego State University's Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film. In the 2010-2011 season, that number had dropped by more than half, to 15 percent. What happened?



Since the latest edition of the annual SDSU study came out two weeks ago, I've posed that question to a dozen experienced television writers and creators, female and male alike. Most of these professionals, who've worked on everything from 'Battlestar Galactica' to 'Sons of Anarchy' to 'Pushing Daisies' to 'Chuck,' were alarmed by the numbers that the Center released.

For some, it confirmed their worst fears. "The situation is getting worse," said one veteran woman writer. "In the '90s, the networks cared more. They don't anymore." For others, it made them re-evaluate gains they thought women had made. "I had certainly perceived the situation as getting better and better for women -- I am rarely the only woman in the writers' room anymore, and I encounter more women at the higher levels," said Jane Espenson ('Once Upon a Time,' 'Torchwood,' 'Buffy,' 'Battlestar Galactica'). "I remember what it was like 20 years ago, and this is not that."

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Comic-Con 2011: 'Sons of Anarchy' Rides Into Hall H

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 25th 2011 2:15PM
'Sons of Anarchy' rolled into Comic-Con Sunday, and the thousands of cheering fans in Hall H seemed to like what they heard about the new season of the FX show, which returns with a 90-minute episode Sept. 6.

The first few minutes of season 4 were shown before the panel (by the way, spoilers ahoy). Would it surprise you to learn that the clip ends with club members on their motorcycles, flipping off the prison that they just left after 14 months of incarceration? No, I do not think it would.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Creator Kurt Sutter Rails Against Emmy Nominations

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 15th 2011 4:50AM
Kurt Sutter and Katey SagalWhen the 2011 Emmy nominations were announced yesterday there were some surprises and some snubs. And don't say we didn't warn you: One guy who's not taking being snubbed lying down is 'Sons of Anarchy' creator, Kurt Sutter.

He's been letting it rip via a series of potty-mouthed posts on Twitter since the nominations were announced.

Despite predicting on Wednesday that 'Sons of Anarchy' wouldn't be nominated -- "Tomorrow morning I'll be the fat kid who didn't get picked to play" -- the lack of nods still seems to have annoyed Sutter.

He wrote, "Best part of not getting an emmy nod. now i don't have to pretend i give a s**t about the profiteering d*****bag academy ... because you know if we were nominated i'd be all humble and blowing smoke up their asses. now i can stay true to myself and just be a d**k."

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EXCLUSIVE: Hells Angel Sonny Barger to Guest on 'Sons of Anarchy' and Creator Kurt Sutter on the Season So Far

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 9th 2010 7:00AM
Sonny Barger, a legendary member of the Hells Angel Motorcycle Club, has a cameo role in the Nov. 30 season finale of FX's biker drama 'Sons of Anarchy.'

Barger, a founding member of the Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels, plays a character called Lenny the Pimp, one of the founders of the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. Barger, who lives in Arizona these days, said in an interview that he's a big fan of the show.

"We watch it every week," Barger said. "It's a nice show and it seems like everyone likes it. But it's nowhere near my everyday life."

Below, Sutter talks at length about the third season of the show and about how Barger's appearance came about.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 3, Episode 5 Recap (with Intel from Creator Kurt Sutter)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Oct 5th 2010 11:02PM
['Sons of Anarchy' - 'Turning and Turning']

Three women end up in vises on 'Sons of Anarchy' -- Gemma Teller, Maureen Ashby and and even Agent June Stahl confront difficult if not impossible situations. One desperate man figures out a solution that could help all of them.

Below is my take on this week's episode of the show, and there's also a bit of input from 'Sons of Anarchy' creator Kurt Sutter. (If you've seen Tuesday's episode, the information is not spoilery; it just consists of Sutter's thoughts on a key development in the episode).

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'Sons of Anarchy' Creator and Actor Publicly Feud ... or Not

by Chris Jordan, posted Aug 19th 2010 8:19PM
Any good biker gang worth its salt has its fair share of in-gang feuding. The 'Sons of Anarchy' are no different.

The FX biker drama's two top dogs, showrunner Kurt Sutter and star Charlie Hunnam, who plays Jax, are having a bit of a public rumble that could be nothing more than a little creative tension rising to the surface. Or maybe there's something more underlying it.

Hunnam initially voiced displeasure with Sutter's tendency to be less than forthcoming about plot lines in an interview in the Chicago Tribune.

"Keeping actors in the dark is not always the right move, because without knowing the direction that something's going, one can make slight mistakes,'' the British-born Hunnam said. "There has to be a big, psychological leap to get to where you're being taken.''

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'Sons of Anarchy' Cast on Emmy Snub: "F--- 'Em" -- TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 3rd 2010 4:09PM
Kurt Sutter, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, and Katey Sagal on the 'Sons of Anarchy' TCA Panel
If the cast of 'Sons of Anarchy' seems as bad-ass in person as they are on their hit FX show, it's because they are. The refreshingly motley crew that took the stage this morning would seem to be more in place at a meeting of the show's motorcycle gang SAMCRO than on the stage of the Beverly Hilton's International Ballroom.

Which is why, when a critic asked them to talk about what they thought about being shut out during the Emmy nominations, Ron Perlman put his feelings succinctly: "F--- 'em."

Charlie Hunnam, who plays Jax Teller, was a little more elaborate in his explanation.

"I was really happy. I think it's all a crock of s--- and it's corrupting," he told the critics. "I was happy we weren't on the receiving end of a force that can change the dynamic (of a show). All of that crap is secondary and unimportant, but does have the potential to ruin a good thing. So as you said... f--- 'em."

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'Sons of Anarchy' Creator Blasts Lawsuit Claims

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 16th 2010 3:30PM
sons of anarchy'Sons of Anarchy' creator Kurt Sutter has blasted an ex-biker's claim that the hit FX drama was his idea.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, former Hells Angel Chuck Zito claims he developed and pitched a TV drama about a renegade motorcycle club to FX in 2004 with the help of an ICM talent agent. The network passed on the show and later began developing Sutter's 'Sons of Anarchy' in 2006. ICM reportedly packaged and pitched Anarchy with Sutter to FX.

Zito is seeking $5 million from the cable network. His lawsuit purports that "FX was obligated to pay Zito the reasonable value of his ideas, hire him to work on the series and afford him screen credit as creator."

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Conan O'Brien puts his future in your hands

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 19th 2010 7:30PM
Once again, Conan O'Brien has put the future of his career in his fans' hands.

Not a smart move if you ask me. Isn't his ratings what finally did him and Jay Leno in, even if Conan has more public support than Superman and Batman combined if they were doing battle with Lex Luthor, The Joker and Jeff Zucker?

The soon-to-be former Tonight Show host has gotten a ton of other offers from a personal invitation from Kurt Sutter to play an IRA gun runner on next season's Sons of Anarchy to a starring role in a Pink Visual porno called Conan the Bangbarian. Now ol' "Conebone69" himself has asking his viewers to vote for his fate in an online poll at the show's official website.

As of Tuesday afternoon and of no surprise to anyone with a working central nervous system, the porno offer is in the lead with 34 percent.

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Conan O'Brien offered spot on next season's Sons of Anarchy

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 15th 2010 4:00PM
Now that Conan O'Brien may be out of a job, he's bound to land on his feet faster than a feral cat that's been fired out of a cannon. In fact, he's already got another job lined up.

Kurt Sutter, creator and executive producer of FX's Sons of Anarchy, has offered ol' Coco a role on the upcoming season of Sons of Anarchy.

Sutter said he could weave Conan into the IRA subplot that will bleed into the new season and that he really needs "a bad-ass O'Brien on my team. Guns, blood, fist fights -- you could really work some [expletive deleted] out."

Man, if you thought Henry Rollins was tough, just imagine a raging Conan O'Brien on the loose. Sure A.J. Weston, Rollins' character, was a muscleheaded sociopathic anti-semite with a Godsmack complex, but he also signed a contract with the likes of Jeff Zucker, a man who makes the evil Ethan Zobelle look like Shari Lewis.

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FX confirms Sons of Anarchy season three renewal

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 3rd 2009 10:26AM
Charlie Hunnam and Maggie SiffRight on the tail of Kurt Sutter assuring fans that there would be a third season of Sons of Anarchy, FX has confirmed it -- the motorcycle drama will return in September 2010.

Another bright spot for the show? The series' second season finale, "Na Triobloidi," smashed the show's previous ratings record to make it the most watched Sons episode to date.

4.33 million total viewers tuned in and from that total, 2.99 million were in the coveted Adults 18-49 demographic. Men 18-49 chalked up 1.92 million viewers. With those numbers, the show secured the crown for the top scripted drama series during the season's 13-week run in the Tuesday 10 p.m. timeslot in average delivery of the Men 18-49 demo.

One other point worth noting -- Sutter signed a two-year deal to continue as executive producer and showrunner. So, unless something goes terribly wrong, there's a good chance Sons of Anarchy will have a fourth season in its future as well.

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What Will Happen in 'Sons of Anarchy' Season 3?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 3rd 2009 3:38AM
Sons of AnarchyThe Internet's all abuzz over Tuesday's 90-minute season two finale of 'Sons of Anarchy,' which delivered 4.33 million viewers and launched the FX show to the number one spot in cable programs for the night. It was also the most-watched episode ever for 'Sons,' surpassing the season two premiere (4.29 million viewers).

If you haven't watched it yet, we won't spoil it for you. Suffice to say the show earned its kudos that night, especially in the last 20 minutes. Not surprisingly, Kurt Sutter has signed a two-year deal to continue as 'Sons' showrunner, and FX has ordered 13 episodes for the show's third season, scheduled to begin in September 2010. What?! We have to wait nearly a year?! Ok, well, as Tony Soprano would say, what are ya gonna do?

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Kurt Sutter unofficially confirms third season of Sons of Anarchy

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Dec 2nd 2009 2:30PM
Kurt Sutter, creator and EP of FX's 'Sons of Anarchy'
As if there were any doubt.

In an interview with the Newark Star-Ledger's TV critic Alan Sepinwall, Sons of Anarchy creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter has unofficially confirmed that the show will indeed be back for a third season. It's just a matter of FX finalizing some contracts and getting all its "financial ducks in a row." Sutter said he had been assured the show would be back though.

Good thing, too, since last night's season two finale, "Na Trioblidi," had one helluva cliffhanger. Beyond that, Sutter's interview with Sepinwall also served as a nice post-mortem of the season and he offered plenty of info on where season three is likely headed. Spoilers after the jump, so read on at your own risk.

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Review: Sons of Anarchy - Culling

by Danny Gallagher, posted Nov 25th 2009 11:16PM

(S02E12) "Either you or me goes home in a bag." - Jax to A.J.

The showdown we've been waiting all season to see finally happened tonight and even though it didn't end the way the antagonists deserved (i.e. heads removed where the shoulder meets the neck, placed on a stick and paraded around town on a substandard Japanese import), it still had my head spinning.

The show opens with SAMCRO preparing for their big, inevitable smackdown with the League by keeping all of their loved ones under lock and key at the clubhouse. But instead of just jumping into the fray head first with baseball bats twisted in barb-wire and all, they do what they should have done from the beginning: they plotted and planned. They turned the tables on the League and by doing so, turned the League on each other.

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Review: Sons of Anarchy - Service

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Nov 18th 2009 8:13AM
Mark Boone Junior and Ron Perlman
(S02E11) "If Gemma had gotten raped on John's watch, he'd have written a whole different book." - Jax

Forgiveness can be a funny thing. Assuming you're on the receiving end of something awful, It's not always easy to determine if you'd even be willing to forgive. That's the beauty of forgiveness though -- the act that led you to it might have been sincere, but that doesn't mean your capacity to forgive has to be. Unlike quietly accepting a situation, forgiving a situation has the power to pacify the parties at fault.

As we learned with Opie last night on Sons of Anarchy, his capacity to forgive is huge, but that doesn't mean he ain't lying through his teeth when it comes to his true intentions.

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