Coming off a 13th season considered by legions of fans and critics alike as one of its best, things couldn’t be “sunnier” for The Gang from Paddy’s Pub. Renewed for Season 14, FXX‘s long-running sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is now tied with ABC’s The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as longest-running live-action comedy series. Now that’s a title Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson) and Frank (Danny DeVito) would be more than happy to hang up behind the bar.
But even with all of that success… even with 13 seasons of quality television… we’re always looking for more. Since there’s a long, pothole-strewn South Philly road ahead of us before the doors to Paddy’s Pub are open for business again, The Gang at Bleeding Cool are here to help you pass the time with some Always Sunny extras over the next few months… including his recent visit to PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing, where he discussed what it was like to be naked and sewn inside a couch, if there’s anything he won’t do for a laugh – and included the following maybe-not so-throwaway-line about next season:
“Well, we’re going to do another season… see if we can make it a little edgier this time.”
Here’s a look back at the episode in question, “A Very Sunny Christmas”:
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia s06e13 “A Very Sunny Christmas”: Ho, ho, heyooo! Christmas is upon us and the Paddy’s gang has got the spirit. Well, not really. For them, the holidays have always been a time of trickery, backstabbing, and disappointment. But this year things are going to be different as they are determined to rediscover the joy in Christmas. Join Mac, Charlie, Dennis, Dee and Frank as they embark on a holiday adventure filled with stolen toys, childhood videos, naked elves, and a bloody run in with Santa Claus that is guaranteed to blast Christmas spirit all over you!
Developed by McElhenney and Howerton, and written/executive produced by McElhenney, Howerton, and Day, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was FX’s first comedy hit before moving over to FXX – a fact that FX CEO John Landgraf does not take lightly when he explained at the recent Television Critics Association (TCA) why the series has been so successful for so long – even after all this time: “It was the fist successful deconstruction and reconstruction of a sitcom,” praising the leads as “five really hilarious degenerates who are most active schemers” as well as the main reason for the show’s success – while also acknowledging the various “social issues” that the series addressed so effectively in the past.
And it appears that there may not be any pre-season 14 “drama” regrading Howerton’s involvement in the new season, revealing to The Hollywood Reporter that although work on season 14 won’t officially begin until later this year, there’s a very good chance we’ll have more Dennis in our lives when the series returns: “We’re in talks about season 14 right now. The writers room on that is going to start in a couple months.” As for Howerton’s Dennis being a larger part of that? “That’s the plan.”
During an interview to promote the second season of A.P. Bio, Howerton spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and revealed that although work on season 14 won’t officially begin until later this year, there’s a very good chance we’ll have more Dennis in our lives when the series returns: “We’re in talks about season 14 right now. The writers room on that is going to start in a couple months.” As for Howerton’s Dennis being a larger part of that? “That’s the plan.”