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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 4 Premiere Recap (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 6th 2011 11:30PM
'Sons of Anarchy' - 'Out'

I offered some general thoughts on the new season of 'Sons of Anarchy' in my review of the new season, but I'll throw out a few more observations in the episodic review below.

The club is out of prison and back in Charming, so everything's right with the world, huh? Yeah, not so much. What else did you expect?

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Review: Back in Charming, 'Sons of Anarchy' Rolls Into Dark Territory (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 6th 2011 10:30AM
It wouldn't be going too far to say that the season 4 premiere of 'Sons of Anarchy' (10PM ET Tuesday, FX) is like taking a bath in everything the show tends to do well.

If you prefer a food-based analogy, it's a buffet of things likely to please the show's longtime fans. The focus is firmly on the club's internal dynamics, there are interesting new characters on the scene in the club's home town of Charming, and there's even a gathering of bikers that ends up being both salty and sentimental.

The good news is, after the motorcycle club's trip to Belfast last season -- a diversion that, for many fans, didn't quite have the payoff they'd hoped for -- the show has returned to familiar stomping grounds and the kind of complicated relationship dynamics that had turned many viewers into die-hard fans in earlier seasons.

But not everything is smooth sailing. The broad strokes of the show's mythology and the club's new antagonists are bristling with potential, but some of the weekly adventures seem unnecessarily convoluted and/or convenient.

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Talking TV Podcast Takes On 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Happy Endings,' 'Alphas' and 'Awkward.'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 1st 2011 2:30PM
Things are ramping up on the podcast front as the fall season approaches. But before we're deluged with the comedies and dramas that premiere later in September, Ryan McGee and I thought we'd take another look at three shows that premiered earlier in the year, and one veteran that's returning for its fourth season.

We discussed 'Alphas,' the Syfy drama I recently re-reviewed here, in the first quarter of the podcast. Then we talked about 'Happy Endings' and 'Awkward,' both which I recently wrote about as well (and there's a bit of 'Wilfred' chat at the end of the comedy portion of the podcast). Finally, we moved on to a 20-minute (non-spoilery) discussion of the fourth season of 'Sons of Anarchy.'

The running times for the podcast are below.

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'Sons of Anarchy' Season 4 Trailer: New Tensions and a Town Transformed (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Aug 30th 2011 1:35PM
The Sept. 6 season premiere of FX's 'Sons of Anarchy' is an exercise in intriguing contradictions.

As the members of the biker club emerge from 14 months in prison, there are lots of changes in the club's home town of Charming, but fans who watch the 90-minute episode will see a lot of familiar elements on display as well.

There's a new sheriff in town (Rockmond Dunbar), a man who would be quite happy to put the club behind bars again, and, as you can see in the clip below, there's also a new alliance with Danny Trejo's character, a representative for a Mexican cartel.

I'll post a full review of the first three episodes of the new season early next week, but I can say that after season 3's ups and downs, which included the Sons' trip to Belfast, things definitely appear to be centered on the 'SOA' clubhouse in Charming again. The solid season opener has made me very intrigued to see where things go next for Jax (Charlie Hunnam), Tara (Maggie Siff), Clay (Ron Perlman), Gemma (Katey Sagal) and the rest of the Reaper Crew -- all of whom may well have differing agendas as the season plays out.

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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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EXCLUSIVE: 'Good Wife' and 'Sons of Anarchy' Actor Cast in FX's 'Powers'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jul 18th 2011 5:45PM
Titus Welliver is one of the busiest working actors around: He appeared in the final season of 'Lost' as the Man in Black, he has recurred on 'The Good Wife' as State's Attorney Glenn Childs and he played the Irish gun dealer Jimmy O on FX's 'Sons of Anarchy,' in addition to roles on 'Deadwood' and dozens of other hourlong dramas.

Now Welliver is returning to the FX fold for the pilot 'Powers,' which is currently shooting in Chicago. 'Powers,' which is based on a Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming comic book, stars Jason Patric and Lucy Punch as detectives who investigate crimes involving people with superhuman abilities.

Welliver has been cast as Triphammer in 'Powers,' and if the pilot gets picked up to series, his role will be recurring.

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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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David Hasselhoff to Play Ex-Porn Star on 'Sons of Anarchy'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 6th 2011 7:15AM
David HasselhoffIn his glory days, David Hasselhoff was an international sex symbol. Whether strutting his stuff in jeans on 'Knight Rider,' wearing the tightest leather pants on German singing shows, or rocking the red swim trunks on the beach in 'Baywatch,' boatloads of fans swooned at the sight of his manly assets.

Now comes news that The Hoff is capitalizing on his well-endowed reputation by taking on a "meaty role" in an episode of the upcoming 'Sons of Anarchy' Season 4.

According to TVGuide.com he will play the part of Dondo, a well-endowed former porn star who is now making major coin by producing sleazy girl-on-girl adult films.

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Ally Walker Talks About Her Former Career in the Medical Field on 'The Talk' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 27th 2011 7:45PM
Ally Walker on 'The Talk'Ally Walker used to be the 'Profiler' and an FBI agent on 'Sons of Anarchy,' and she's currently 'The Protector' on Lifetime. Monday on 'The Talk' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS), she revealed another former occupation. Before Walker made it as an actress, she worked in the medical field, and to hear her tell it, the medical industry should be glad she took a different path.

One of her first jobs was at a genetic engineering firm in San Francisco. "I did the grunt work," she said. "I was doing like the lab tech work, I was like sequencing DNA and splicing and cloning and stuff, which no one understands here." She almost blew up the lab. "I thought, you know, maybe I should do a little career change here," she said.

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EXCLUSIVE: 'Sons of Anarchy' Season 3 DVD & Blu-Ray Out August 30

by Jean Bentley, posted Jun 17th 2011 11:00AM
Sons of AnarchyBeginning to feel the void left by the lack of small-town biker thugs in your life? You'll have to wait until fall for new episodes of 'Sons of Anarchy,' but AOL TV can exclusively announce that season 3 of the FX drama is heading to DVD and Blu-ray on August 30.

While season 4 will pick up 14 months after the season 3 finale -- just as the SAMCRO members are getting out of jail -- the DVD and Blu-ray will include special scenes shot specifically for the discs to bridge the gap between the two seasons.

Check out the full press release after the jump.

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Hal Holbrook to Guest on FX's 'Sons of Anarchy'

by Allyssa Lee, posted Apr 22nd 2010 3:40PM
When we last left 'Sons of Anarchy,' Gemma (Katey Sagal) was on the run after being framed for murder. Now it turns out she'll have daddy issues to contend with as well.

FX Networks announced today that Emmy winner Hal Holbrook has signed on to play Gemma's dad on its critically acclaimed drama. The venerable actor will join the hit cable show -- about an outlaw motorcycle club in a town called Charming -- for a four-episode arc when the series' third season premieres this September.

Holbrook will play Nate Madoc, who reunites with his daughter through "coincidental circumstance."

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'True Blood,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' The Vampire Diaries' and More

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 10th 2010 10:00AM

This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us at tvsquad at gmail dot com, or call and leave a message at (775) 640-8479. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'White Collar,' 'The Vampire Diaries,' 'True Blood,' 'The Tudors,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Life Unexpected,' 'Castle,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Lost,' and 'Ugly Betty.'

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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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What Are Jay Leno's Former Viewers Watching Instead of Leno?

by Scott Harris, posted Dec 29th 2009 2:30PM
When NBC announced its risky plan to replace the entire 10PM slate with nightly episodes of 'The Jay Leno Show,' rival executives at the other major networks sensed an opportunity. If NBC's gambit backfired, they reasoned, shows on CBS and ABC would likely be the beneficiary, as viewers unhappy with the peacock would turn to other venues for their television entertainment.

Well, they were half right.

As some media watchers predicted, 'The Jay Leno Show' has, in fact, turned out to be one of the biggest mistakes in television programming history. Fans of Leno at the 11:30 hour have failed to migrate along with the former 'Tonight Show' host, leading to a shocking 45 percent drop in ratings for NBC at the 10PM time slot over last year in the key 18-49 demographic, according to Media Life Magazine.

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