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Saturday, April 25, 2009

HERE WE GO

We start shooting season two on Monday. Had our read-thru this week. It was great to see everyone around the table again. Not to gush, but it's such a cool fucking pack of folks. I learned an important lesson from Shawn Ryan and Scott Brazil during my tenure at The Shield. When you are asking everyone to work harder for less money you have to provide two things -- superior material and an environment where people will feel safe, supported and loved. (Everyone from the EP's to the PA's work for way less on this show. Apparently we are the new model for TV -- quality drama on a "creative" bargain basement budget. The creativity being generated by my superman line producer Kevin Cremin.) So we continue to try and generate quality material and the cast and crew continue to bond. It's a great fucking set. Guerrilla film making with everyone firing on all cylinders. I saw it happen with Chiklis, Walton and Kenny and it's happening on SOA as well. The actors have become family and in our case, a club. Charlie, Ron, Boone, Kim, Theo -- they all hang out, drink, play golf together. Girls too. Katey, not unlike Gemma, has become the maternal glue. It's just in her nature to take care of those around her. God knows she gets a lot of practice with me. Had a great meeting with an actor today whom I hope will be be playing Ethan Zobelle. Zobelle is a new proprietor in Charming and the leader of an ultra conservative organization. Can't reveal any names until the deal closes, but this guy is a fascinating actor from a very talented family. That character shoots Friday so I hope it closes early this week. I appreciate everyone continuing to check in with my blog. What started out as a self-absorbed platform for random opinions that no one gave a shit about, has turned into a very useful tool for Sons of Anarchy. I'm convinced the blogosphere had a lot to do with our grassroots ratings growth last season. I'm hoping by keeping you all up to speed on my process, I can get you as excited as I am about season two of SOA. I'm gonna task my writer-on-set producer, Jack LoGiudice, with grabbing candid shots of the episodes. I'll try to post non-spoilers as frequently as possible. I may bitch, slam doors, rip agents new assholes, sigh heavily, but I am well aware that I've got the coolest gig in Hollywood. I'm a grateful cat.

16 comments:

Cali said...

Yay!!! Have fun everyone! I can't wait!

John Russell, Psychic said...

Sons of Anarchy is, in my opinion, probably the absolute best thing on TV right now! I am so delighted that you were picked up for another season, and I hope that the show gets picked up for many, many more seasons as well. The writing, the acting, the chemistry between the players, everything is top notch! Can't wait for the fall season and the new dramas to unfold! Keep up the good work.

dravenlee69 said...

Kurt,

Keep up the GREAT work Brother.
The show is an absolutely beautiful work of art!!!

I'm very excited to see Henry Rollins contribution to the upcoming season.

Take Care.

kateinva@aol.com said...

I was a big fan of The Shield (never did forgive Shane for killing Lem), and I was glad to see the quality continue in SoA. The cast is phenomenal and the characters are compelling. Jax is a great antihero and Charlie really brings him to life. Before SoA, I'd only seen Katey in lighter roles like in Married with Children and 8 Simple Rules. I'm blown away by her portrayal of Gemma. Good luck with the new season. I can't wait to watch it!

surrounded by carnivores said...

good luck

Brujah said...

Looking forward to it, unfortunately going to have to wait till its attainable on dvd most likely^^ havent seen sons of anarchy at all on normal television here in germany. Only got to see season 1 because a friend of mine brought it from the states. Keep up the good work as always:)

alohalani said...

I just can not wait for season two. I've been rewatching season one (which I taped) so much I know some of the shows by heart! Can't wait for the DVD release of the first season either, I hope it has commentary and outtakes and the like.

Best of luck to you and the Cast and Crew during filming. I look forward to the continuation.

rudz said...

Woohoo! awesome news and awesome show. Keep up the great work man!

Felicia said...

Kurt,
My friend won't get off my back until I ask you what the requirements are for earning an Emmy nomination. She strongly feels that Katey should receive an acting award for her role as Gemma and you should receive one for writing/producing. Not that this person has ANY connection to the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences but she won't stop bugging me until I ask you. Sorry.

Sky said...

I love the post that keep us updated about the show. It's interested how other areas of the entertainment industry work. I've been in video games for a long time, and its cool to hear some 'behinds the scenes' on the production of television.

Mal said...

Love reading your blog, Kurt! Sons is the best show on TV. You are blessed to have such a great cast and the writing is the sharpest, most intense I've ever seen. Can't wait for Season Two!

Outsider said...

Many of those agents need new ventilations anyway...you're doin' them a favor ;p

Max Randal said...

The update has given me a very clear picture of the enthusiasm that exists on the set.
It’s not possible to stop the momentum now, SOA is on point.

Seth said...

That's great news. SOA quickly became a part of routine last fall, and I'm glad to hear it's coming back strong.

Good luck this season!

Voimakas said...

Can't wait for the show to get back on TV. I cancelled my cable since SoA was the only thing I was watching and when it wasn't on, what was the point?

I can't remember seeing anything about this but it might have been asked before: do you ride?

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