Kurt Sutter On Extending ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Past Seven Seasons, Playing Prison-Rape Victim And Being Influenced By ‘The Shield’

By | Friday October 25, 2013 @ 10:46pm PDT

The outspoken creator and showrunner of FX‘s highest-rated program ever was his usual candid self at an ATAS event tonight. Kurt Sutter was asked during “An Evening With Sons Of Anarchy” if he plans to take the biker drama past its previously announced seventh season next year. During a long reply in which he basically said he wouldn’t, Sutter actually said he might — or at least could. “There’s so many factors that determine whether a show continues or not,” he began. “I came up with the initial awareness that if this show was being done in sort of the same production model that The Shield was in – and I knew that The Shield had about seven seasons. And I knew that at that point the show ultimately begins to eat itself and becomes more expensive to make. So I thought if we could get a full run I could tell the story I wanted to tell in seven seasons. And I knew by the end of this season I’d have a sense of whether or not I’d be able to do that, and I still think I can.

“But look,” Sutter continued, “I think if I got halfway through this season or at some point next season I felt like I couldn’t finish it, I’d probably be able to have a conversation with the network. … (But) I think after seven seasons I don’t know if we can maintain the rhythm and the pace that we’ve done, and I wouldn’t want to extend it and have it become something that it’s not. So my plan is still to finish it out in seven.”

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Jimmy Smits Back For Season 6 Of ‘Sons Of Anarchy’

By | Thursday February 28, 2013 @ 10:00am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jimmy Smits is set to return to FX‘s flagship drama Sons Of Anarchy, reprising his role as Neron “Nero” Padilla, a former gangbanger whose exit strategy is trumped by his partnership with Jax (Charlie Hunnam). … Read More »

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‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Introduces Jimmy Smits, Harold Perrineau To The Mix: TCA

By | Saturday July 28, 2012 @ 1:08pm PDT

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TV coverage.

Ahead of its fifth season launch in September, FX‘s biker drama Sons of Anarchy — the network’s highest-rated show ever — trotted out new … Read More »

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Jimmy Smits Joins FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 2:21pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jimmy Smits Sons of AnarchyEXCLUSIVE: Bobby Simone is moving to the wrong side of the law. NYPD Blue alum Jimmy Smits is joining the upcoming fifth season of FX’s flagship drama Sons Of Anarchy for a major, season-long … Read More »

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Jimmy Smits To Star In NBC’s Stephen Gaghan Drama Pilot

By | Thursday March 17, 2011 @ 3:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Jimmy Smits has been tapped as the last major lead in NBC’s untitled Stephen Gaghan drama pilot (formerly S.I.L.A.), a complex ensemble drama in the style of Traffic and Syriana set in the world of crime, law enforcement and politics … Read More »

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NBC’s ‘Outlaw’ Goes On Production Hiatus

Nellie Andreeva

NBC is stopping production on new legal drama Outlaw while keeping the show on the air. Starting tomorrow, the freshman series will go on production hiatus while the network monitors closely its ratings performance. Eight episodes of Outlaw have been produced; 3 of them have already aired, with 5 more in the can. Read More »

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RATINGS RAT RACE: Tom Selleck’s ‘Blue Bloods’ Wins Slow Friday

Nellie Andreeva

The Week 2 declines continued on Friday, with every show sliding from its Premiere Week numbers. Tom Selleck’s new series Blue Bloods at 10 PM (2.0/7, 11.2 million) was once again the top program of the night by a mile in 18-49 and total viewers, down modest 9% from last week.

Also posting a respectable 9% decline was the other freshman series in the 10 PM slot, NBC’s Outlaw (1.0/4, 4.7 million). Unfortunately, the legal drama starring Jimmy Smits started off very low last week and still drew only half of the demo rating and less than half of the audience of Blue Blood last night. Outlaw finished tied for second place in the 10 PM hour with ABC’s 20/20 (1.0/4, 4.5 million, down 23% from last week) CBS’ other two Friday dramas, Medium (1.1/4, 5.6 million) and CSI:NY (1.7/6, 9.7 million) were down 14% and 15%, respectively. They still won their time slots in both measures, another sign how low the high water mark on Friday has fallen. Naturally, CBS won the night in both total viewers (8.9 million) and adults 18-49 (1.6/6).

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Fall Season Launch: The Big Four’s Standings Going Into Premiere Week

Nellie Andreeva

Overnights aren’t supposed to matter, as any broadcast executive will tell you these days because a larger and larger chunk of the TV audience time-shift their primetime viewing. And yet, we know that every morning next week the TV brass … Read More »

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Melora Hardin Joins NBC’s New ‘Outlaw’

By | Friday July 23, 2010 @ 4:47pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I hear Melora Hardin is set to join NBC’s new drama series Outlaw in a key recurring role. She has also closed a deal to return to The Office for a multi-episode arc. Outlaw stars Jimmy Smits as … Read More »

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