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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

SOA TWO

We got the word today that we were picked up for a second season. The news came earlier than I thought. Needless to say, I'm thrilled. The one thing I told reporters today (okay, actually there was only one) was that the success of the show can be attributed to the fierce loyalty of the viewers. People are tuning in, telling their friends and coming back -- every week. Calling it a grass roots movement is a bit too dramatic, but there is something very satisfying knowing that the core fanbase of this show springs from towns and cities not unlike Charming, CA. Again, thanks for all the support. The official FX press release is below. FX PICKS UP SECOND SEASON OF NEW DRAMA SONS OF ANARCHY Frosh Series Is FX’s Most Successful in Delivery of Adults 18-49 Since Rescue Me. Network Places 13-Episode Order from Fox 21 and FX Productions. LOS ANGELES, October 6, 2008 – FX plans to keep the motor running on its critically acclaimed biker drama Sons of Anarchy, picking up the series for a 13-episode second season order, today announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager of FX Networks. Since its premiere, the ratings for Sons of Anarchy have been very strong and remarkably consistent among the network’s target demo of Adults 18-49. On a weekly five-telecast cume basis, Sons is averaging 3.5 million Adults 18-49, and the fourth week of the show delivered more Adults 18-49 than its premiere week. On a weekly five-telecast cume, the series is averaging 5.4 million total viewers and has retained 97% of its total viewers since premiere. Based on week-to-week ratings, Sons of Anarchy is FX’s most consistent first year drama ever and the network’s most successful since Rescue Me. “It’s incredibly gratifying to everyone at FX in at this time when The Shield – the show that got our critically acclaimed original programming brand started – is airing its final season, their loyal audience has embraced Sons of Anarchy and made it a success,” said Landgraf. “We’re also very proud of the day-in-day-out creative excellence the Sons of Anarchy writers and actors are bringing to the table.” Sons of Anarchy stars Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal and Ron Perlman and was created by Kurt Sutter who also serves as Executive Producer. John Linson and Art Linson are Executive Producers. "Sons of Anarchy has been a fantastic collaboration between the producers, Fox21 and FX and we are thrilled about this second season pick-up," said Fox21 Senior Vice President Jane Francis. "This enormously talented cast and crew have produced a truly distinctive and remarkable television series, and viewers have responded. We couldn't be more pleased." Sutter said, “I think the underlying themes of family and the common man's fight against oppressive corporate greed has grabbed people's attention. It's relatable, it's very timely and it's why the audience is coming back week after week. I love the action and the dark places the show goes, but ultimately it's the bigger, more poignant themes that inspire me.” Sons of Anarchy is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones about a notorious outlaw motorcycle club intent on protecting their sheltered small town against encroaching drug dealers, corporate developers and overzealous law officers. The club is equally determined to protect their ruthless and illegal thriving arms business. Charlie Hunnam stars as Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller, a man whose love for the brotherhood is tested by his growing apprehension for its lawlessness. Katey Sagal stars as Gemma Teller Morrow, Jax’s force-of-nature mother, who along with Ron Perlman as Clarence ‘Clay’ Morrow, Jax’s stepfather and MC president, have their own darker vision for the club.

35 comments:

Samuray said...

Whoa. I'm so happy I'm almost speechless. Maybe except for YAY!!!!!!! This really made my day...week...month. Congrats!

Now all we need is a Blu-ray set of Season 1 sometime next year. :)

ant159 said...

congrats kurt, we knew your writing and this ultra talented cast knew no limit...thanks for this gift that we watch every wednesday...you keep writing and being yourself and we'll keep riding with you..check it we need more big otto and lets make ryan hurst a regular...

Ash said...

KUrt may I say a BIG congratz to you and all your people who have worked so hard on this series. You guys deserve praise for your excellent work and we're damn proud to be a part of this 'movement' as you say. Keep cranking it out and we'll keep turning it in and bringing others to see it.

kdrummer01 said...

Congrats on the second season!Is it time to celebrate with a new scoot yet? I know Harley has a few V Rods sitting around as well as some cool new springers as well lol

Marc said...

I saw yesterday (via IGN) that SOA was picked up. Good job with that. I hope the show continues until you want to stop doing it. Now all Fox needs to do is renew Terminator, and we'll be all set. But, congrats none the less.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to you and your awesome cast and crew, Kurt! You have the best show on TV this season! I especially love the dark humor and the brotherhood feeling of the "Sons"!

Anton said...

HELL YEAH!!!!

This is great news. Are we going to see Posters and shirts and such soon? Im so happy this is great news. We are talking about doing a Sons night at the Hookah bar, when the DvD comes out, just so we can get more people hooked on the show. GREAT NEWS!!!

lexgirl said...

There is a huge following of fans on the FX site. From the first episode the community has blown up! We all are very excited about more episodes coming! All of us have small comment and suggestions, but in all we just love the show. What I would really like to see is Opie get back with the mc, the baby come home, Tara and Jax finally hook up, and Gemma finally revealing more hints to her secrets! But, the show is great, you have alot of support and faithful fans! If there is anything we can do to help keep this show alive, just let us know! Thanks!

Grizzly Kaz said...

YEAH!

Congratulations to Kurt and the cast/crew of SoA.

And thanks FX.

Awesome news Kurt, I knew it would happen.

Lil CinnamonGrrl said...

Congratulations on being picked up for a second season! I'm loving the story lines and the acting is awesome!

Like other fans I'm trying to do my part and spread the word about SOA (started the Sons of Anarchy Groupies at www.myyearbook.com). Thanks for doing your part and creating a show that so totally grabs one's attention, that you can't help but watch the every episode twice!

HARLEYVJ said...

awesome bro as a fellow jersey boy i am so happy for you and i cant stop thinking about this show it is awesome soa forever

Rags said...

Congrats gang, keep up the great work! Looking forward to the longevity of the show and I will be purchasing each season on DVD. Thanks for pointing TV programing in a new and creative direction.

kevin michaels said...

Excellent news! Glad to see that F/X continues to recognize strong scripts and quality writing, as well as great performances from the entire cast of SOA. Congrats Kurt for creating a dynamic show that is unlike anything else on TV today!
KM

Cosmo's human said...

Mazel Tov! I am so very happy for you and the future of SoA. This is really a great day for you and the actors and staff of SoA. Keep up the good work. I'm a fan forever.

Ruv Draba said...

Fantastic result, Kurt. Congratulations! Word of mouth recommendation is surely the highest and most sincere form of public acclaim.

I very much look forward to seeing Season 1 on DVD when it finally comes to Australia.

Meanwhile, write on!

Ruv.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! This is well deserved and I look forward to seeing lots more of this outstanding show.

Joanie

Anonymous said...

I am so psyched. I find myself making SOA appointment TV when everything else is tivo'd. It's completely addictive. Great job.

yeuxdebleu said...

I am absolutely thrilled that the show will be around for another season...and many more, hopefully. I decided to watch the first episode because I'm a Charlie Hunnam fan, but the entire cast blew me away. Terrific ensemble acting, great scripts, great direction...this show has it all. Congratulations, Kurt!

Outsider said...

Keep Throwin' Down Kurt...It IS to be DUG!

Saint Magnetic said...

You did it, man. You created the best hour of TV on the god forsaken tube. I'm so happy I'll get to see more SOA next season. Wow. Just good times, man. You deserve awards, big ones. CONFUCKINGGRATS!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to watch a bunch of great actors given a juicy and a meaningful television series.
The roles are tailor made for the actors. Katey Sagal is awesome as Gemma.
Kurt, you've given me a reason to stay home and watch television on Wedneday nights. FX has the best shows this season. Congrats...and keep up the great writing.
CKH

Anonymous said...

Congrats on being picked up. It is such a pleasure to watch great acting and listen to awesome dialogue.
It's nice to know that at least one TV station is not polluting the small screen with a buch of cheap reality shows.

knotyoureality said...

This is the best news I've had in weeks! I initially tuned into SoA to give Ron Perlman a chance to delight me---and became a solid fan of the entire cast and crew within the first twenty minutes of the pilot episode. Thank you for some excellent writing, directing, acting, set design and more!

Nikki said...

The show is amazing! I love it, I called my girlfriends and now they love it. Thank you for bringing this show to the air!!

We LOVE JAX!!

Anonymous said...

Hey, that female AFT agent with the hard nipples, nice touch. So, who's gonna do her the cop or Jax?

The stalker, well, several of us are waiting to see what devilish demise the club will cook up for him. He is a great actor, Like I said before, any actor can make you hate them is on top of their game.

Didn't think it was gonna make it. In fact, when i heard about it, I groaned. But, Wild Hog's it ain't. great mix of humor, violence an biker stuff.

One thing. We keep seeing warnings about nudity, but........common Kurt, if you can show a guy with dynamite in his ass, or another guy getting his balls cut off, surely a flash of some of those sweet things running around ain't to much to ask for. I mean, common, were bikers here, we don't like on bra shots alone ya know.

Congrats, look forward to seeing more.

Leonard Chang said...

Congratulations. Great news!

robynl said...

wtg kurt.
i love that it was renewed for season 2. i love the show. and for every showing all 3 tvs are tuned in. i was married to a biker for 5 years and the show is just about right. was wondering if we can have more info on john teller. why isnt johns pic on the wall with the others. also would love to know more on how jemma went from teller to morrow. also seems jax should remember more on john then the does. cant wait to get more of the show. and cant wait till the dvd comes out for season 1. i hope soa goes on for a long time. you have a wonderful show going on here.

Brian Holbrook said...

Sutter,

You deserve every bit of this man. This show is a grower with legs (or wheels). I can't wait for season 2, and 3, and 4, etc...

Katey was a brilliant choice and she chews scenery like a pit bull on a T-bone...but in a good way.

kystorms said...

I am totally loving this show, end to end. And as a Jericho Fan, I can sure tell you how damned loyal I will be to this show! Thanks for bringing great scripts our way.

Anonymous said...

Yay!! My husband and I DVR this every week and watch it when we can! LOVE it!! And Charlie H is so hot, I loved him in Abandon too! ;)

LVbikers said...

Thanks for a great show; it appeals to us bikers over 50 and finally a show that does; don't know why we are overlooked, (we used to have the most money to spend)!!! Thank you Kurt and best of luck.

michael froton said...

THIS IS TRULY GREAT NEWS!! I love the show. You'll be needen some more hoods for other chapters, geting out of prison. One sure would love to know to be casted for that. I would even repaint my scoot for that 2 Indians.
Keep up the great work
Biker Mike as known in Humbolt

Terri Lorah said...

Congrats on a second season. Now you can continue to do what you love and that is write. There are only a few shows we watch and this is one of them.

JMRinguet said...

Got on the SOA train a bit late but now I'm in for the long haul for that season 2 (and 3 following it). Best show on TV right now (well that and The Shield).
I will be spreading the word!
Kurt rules!

Steve Berg said...

Love the show from the first episode, and what a great season finale. I ride, so that was my initial interest in the show, but the storyline(s) made me tune in every week. There are so many directions that the show could go in season two that I can't wait for it to start!