its always sunny in philadelphia
By now, fans of 'Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia' have heard about Rob McElhenney's massive weight gain, which will be prominently featured in Season 7 (premieres Thurs., Sept. 15, 10PM ET on FX). You've probably even seen a few pictures of him looking quite a bit plumper. But, trust us -- you haven't seen him like this.
I visited the 'Sunny' set to get scoop on the new season -- including the upcoming high school reunion and an episode inspired by 'Toddlers & Tiaras' (more on that before the season premieres) -- and I got a very big surprise: Mac at his fattest point.
"We call him Fat Mac and he says, 'Well, will you call me Big Mac?' and I say, 'I'll call you Big Fat Mac,'" Glenn Howerton jokes. "But not just Big Mac, because Big Mac implies muscles and sort of strength."
And what does his loving wife Kaitlin Olson have to say about it? "People are gonna think you got fat and we had to write it in!" Yeah, we did kind of think that for a bit, but apparently this was all for comedy's sake.
Check out our video interviews to see Mac at his heaviest, and to hear about the side effects of his extreme weight gain, including a possibly not funny fatty liver and a completely destroyed metabolism.
According to TVLine, after 'Sunny' seasons 8 and 9, the show will be the longest-running live-action basic cable comedy ever.
And good news for Canadian fans of FX shows: the cable network will launch a branch for our neighbors to the North. FX Canada will debut in November, FX president John Landgraf told TV critics at Saturdays Television Critics Association panel.
Season 4 begins with SAMCRO out of jail and back in town. They encounter new law enforcement, but that doesn't keep them from getting back to business. Look for Jax (Charlie Hunnam) to struggle with decisions that affect the club and his family. Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal also return for the new 13-episode season.
Haven't you ever watched a show like 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' and wondered where in Philly Paddy's Pub is? Well, don't go searching, because in real life, it's on the Fox lot in Los Angeles, California.
And just a few doors down from the 'Sunny' set is 'How I Met Your Mother,' where the gang gets in trouble on the streets of New York City ... that are actually on a sound stage in L.A.
But there are shows where there's no way the magic of the city can be faked ... right? 'Mad Men' is so completely New York in the 1960s (shoots in L.A., in the present day) and the rainy Seattle backdrop of 'The Killing' had to be 100% authentic (actually it was Vancouver's raindrops you saw all season).
We thought we'd take a look at a few of the other best tricked cities on TV ...
FX Scoop: Elijah Wood's Talking Dog, 'It's Always Sunny' Gets Musical Again, Plus More 'Justified' and 'Sons of Anarchy'
See that photo? Sadly, it's probably as close as we'll get to our dream of a 'Justified'-meets-'Sons of Anarchy' crossover episode.
But there were plenty of other things to be excited about from last night's FX upfront presentation at the Lucky Strike Lanes in New York, which the network combined with bowling, libations, yummy snacks and an impressive lineup of the FX talent.
Earlier in the day, the network confirmed a third-season pickup for Wednesday-night drama 'Justified,' as well as a third season for animated spy comedy 'Archer.' Casts of both shows were in attendance at the upfront Tuesday night, along with the entire cast of 'Sons of Anarchy,' the male contingent of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' Louis C.K. from 'Louis,' the cast of 'The League' and John Scurti from 'Rescue Me.'
While other Christmas specials may provide us with heartwarming cheer and faultless TV wisdom about the true meaning of the holidays around this time of year, only a double-slice of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' can pile on the selfishness, violence and insanity that truly personifies the spirit of Christmas ... Or that's what we're guessing the moral of the episode was, anyway.
Hardcore 'Sunny' fans may already be familiar with this hour-long Christmas special, which was released direct-to-DVD last November, but for all the fans who are as cheap as the Paddy's Gang and decided to wait around for it to appear on air, 'A Very Sunny Christmas' was a festive treat the likes of which we've never seen before (and are praying we never will again).
Well, folks, the moment we've all been waiting for is at hand. After many long, arduous months of speculation, the troubling question of who would choose to procreate with Sweet Dee was finally answered -- and the culprit was someone that we honestly weren't expecting.
Kudos to the 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' team for a cunning twist that brought the whole season full-circle, even if a sick little part of us kind of wishes the show had followed through on the icky incest route that the Halloween party set up. We're not sure what that says about us, but hey -- everyone's a little bit twisted on 'Always Sunny'.
Just when you thought 'It's Always Sunny' couldn't get more disturbing than the prospect of allowing Dee to teach the nation's children, we were treated to an episode almost entirely fixated on the merits of bashing an army of rats to death with a very large stick ... it's always classy in Philadelphia!
But while Charlie's vermin-hitting was the artful backdrop for this week's moral tale, the real story was more concerned with how bitter and cynical our gang has become, to the point where they seemed incapable of even throwing a surprise birthday party for their lowly, rat-killing pal.
Never in the history of television has there been a more terrifying episode title than that of tonight's 'IASIP'. The day that Dee is entrusted with the nation's developing minds is the day that we slip back into the primordial soup, never to see land again.
This week's episode picked up right where last week left off, with Charlie pursuing his new (old) career as a janitor at the local high school, while Dee filled in as a substitute for the inspiring old drama teacher she inadvertently crippled last episode. Charlie found himself fitting in at school surprisingly well, earning the admiration and respect of the students despite his penchant for eating half-peeled oranges out of the garbage. Dee ... well, it seemed like everyone still thought she was nuts, with good reason.
The main draw of this episode (deservedly so, since it took up almost half of the runtime) was the gang's inspired -- and eagerly anticipated -- production of 'Lethal Weapon 5'. It didn't disappoint.
Who could've predicted that a simple time capsule from 10 years ago could cause so much trouble? Then again, since this is 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia,' trouble seems pretty inevitable.
This week, the gang tried to recapture their pasts by digging up a capsule full of randomness, figuring that maybe something they buried a decade before would be worth some money now. They probably should've invested in some Apple stocks instead of baseball cards and a laser-disc of 'The Cider House Rules,' but who are we to judge?
The capsule did unearth two interesting revelations though -- one was that Dee had dreamed of being a successful Hollywood actress at this stage in her life, and the other was that Dennis, Mac and Charlie had another friend way back when (the Ringo, if you will) that they decided to ditch after Charlie got jealous.
If you're a fan of FX's delightfully irreverent comedy 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' -- the funniest show on TV, IMHO -- you probably already know the basics: The show was the brainchild of actor pals Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton, who spent around $100 on tapes and shot a DIY pilot that was later bought by FX.
Don't let the title of this episode mislead you, 'IASIP' fans -- since when has this series ever answered a question so easily? We're torn between comparing this madcap Halloween caper to 'The Hangover' or to 'Memento,' but either way, someone put a bun in Sweet Dee's oven, and we're itching to discover who that brave adventurer might be.
Halloween is always an excuse for drunken debauchery and slutty costumes, but we can't quite decide which of the gang's offerings was our favorite.
Mac passed up the comedic costume choice of Mario (thereby screwing Dennis and his not-so-sexy Luigi ensemble) in favor of attempting to portray Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn from 'The Lord of the Rings,' even if he wasn't quite sure what to call himself. Charlie was equally confused, dressing as the Phantom of the Opera but mistaking himself for a vampire with a very questionable accent.
Have you ever wondered what 'Golden Girls' would look like if it was done 'Always Sunny' style? Well ponder no longer, my friends, since this week's episode of 'IASIP' was an ajbect lesson in growing old (dis)gracefully.
After being presented with a deeper look into the lives of Mac and Charlie's maternal figures, all their neuroses and bad habits become way more understandable -- who needs a role model when you've got a woman who grunts and spits into porcelain valuables?
Apparently, we also no longer need to be concerned about Bieber fever -- Groban fever appears to be the most deadly new virus du jour, if only because it leaves poor, defenseless women like Dee at the mercy of Frank and Dennis (and their surreal interpretation of a bedside manner.) All Dee wanted was a chance to hang backstage with the dreamy Josh Groban and get her groupie on (he does have the voice of an angel ... ) but Frank was way too concerned with "taking care" of her to let Dee get her way.
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There's even a 'It's Always Sunny' drinking game with about four dozen different rules and counting.
There are certain universal truths that we all acknowledge in this world -- the Earth is round, the sky is blue, and the 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' gang are undeniably white trash. The only ones who don't acknowledge that last universal truth, however, are the 'IASIP' gang, which brings us to this week's episode.
Since Philly is suffering through one hell of a summer heatwave, Mac and Charlie land upon the not-so-insane idea of heading to a members-only private pool to cool off. The only problem is, the swanky pool is sadly "at capacity," and, moreover, Charlie and Mac require two existing members to sponsor them if they want to enroll themselves. Needless to say, no one is jumping at the chance to welcome the beer-swilling pair into their serene summer paradise.
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