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The Anti-Adam Sandler Effect: It's Probably For The Best That 'It's Always Sunny' is Taking a Break For a Year

By Petr Knava | TV | May 2, 2017 |

By Petr Knava | TV | May 2, 2017 |

News broke last night that It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia would not be returning for its 13th season next year, with fans instead having to wait until 2019 for the Gang’s return.

According to an interview that Kaitlin Olson (Dee, that bitch) did with TV Guide:

We ended up pushing our next season a year because we were all busy with separate projects this year. So at the end of this coming shooting season of The Mick I’ll step right into Sunny after that.

Now, what with Glenn Howerton also taking a year off (maybe, maybe more, maybe not) while he works on an NBC pilot, this kind of news can strike the devout Sunny fan hard. Are these rumblings of deeper discontent? Is there something here that we do not know?

A brief morning exchange served to soothe frayed nerves.


Knava, have you written a dirge post for It’s Always Sunny being delayed a year?






With Howerton maybe also leaving, I get the feeling something is up on that show. Or they’re long-conning us.

They just got renewed for two more seasons. I would think that if they really were letting it go they wouldn’t have done that.

I mean it seems fairly legit that they might just be taking a break. I certainly hope that’s what it is anyway as I was very much looking forward to those two extra seasons.

I find it kind of implausible given the context of the people involved that they wouldn’t end it with a proper all out series finale, you know?

Totally agree. I think they have a big thing planned.

And given that the people who run the show also created it and play all the main characters, I could see them having an open-ended approach to the show in that they could plausibly take a five year break and then bring the show back for a season when the principals had a burning need to do so, take another five years, etc. Like, there’s no Seinfeld or Friends thing where you have a bunch of independent moving parts. Can’t you just imagine a Season 20 of it airing in 2050 because they all feel like hanging out on camera for a few months again? It’d be like Sandler’s gang of making movies to hang out with friends, except like good.

You truly do deliver the Best Of Worlds don’t you? I’m with you on that, I think their devotion and closeness to the show means it could run and run — with breaks or whatever — for as long as people watch and the cast lives. Plus if they do decide to End it end it I really do think they’re gonna try do something conceptually quite daring. Their ambitions have grown, and paid off, over the years. I don’t see that changing.


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