Renewed for a 14th season, 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 behind the bar. On top of that, they're coming off a "lucky" 13th season considered by many to be one of its best – so things couldn't be better for The Gang from Paddy's Pub.
That said… fans know there's still a long, pothole-strewn South Philly street ahead of them before Paddy's Pub is open for business again – but your friends here at Bleeding Cool have some good news…
'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' is Back!
Here's a look at McElhenney and Day's Instagram posts declaring the writers' room officially open:
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 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."