Thursday, November 09, 2006

Still Always Sunny in Philadelphia

FX has renewed It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia for a third season. Look forward to 15 new episodes next summer, more than double the amount in the show’s first season.

Despite being possibly the funniest show on television, Sunny’s renewal for a third season was never guaranteed.
Though its ratings improved 15 percent over the previous season, Sunny averaged only 1.3 million total viewers last season, and didn't bring in big advertising dollars. Still, FX Entertainment chief John Landgraf has faith in the show.

"The bottom line is that I believe in it creatively," he says. "I think it's really funny, a comedic expression of FX's brand. I love working with the guys. We just had to figure out how to produce it more cost-efficiently."

To that end, creator-executive producer McElhenney and his costars agreed to no salary hikes until (or if) FX orders additional seasons.
By comparison, two new sitcoms on CBS and Fox this fall, The Class and Til Death, which claim to be “set” in Philadelphia… the extent of which is a character eating a cheesesteak or another dating an ex-Eagle, prove just how good a show Always Sunny actually is.

Related:
FX to cut costs on third season of Always Sunny, better still film on location [Inky]

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