The Golden Globe-winning Sons Of Anarchy star is the latest to join Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films’ musical sequel Pitch Perfect 2, which Pitch Perfect producer Elizabeth Banks is helming in her directorial debut. Banks welcomed Katey Sagal to the cast in a tweet today. Sagal, who stars as the ruthless Gemma Teller Morrow on FX’s biker drama, will play the mother of new cast member Hailee Steinfeld‘s character in the sequel, which returns original pic stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, and Adam DeVine. Sagal has the pipes to warble with the Pitch Perfect kids — she’s currently on tour with her band promoting her latest album. The actress also is featured on NBC’s new series A To Z and returns for Sons Of Anarchy‘s seventh and final season in the fall. Filming on Pitch Perfect 2 — written by Kay Cannon, who penned the original — begins this month ahead of a May 15, 2015, release. Sagal is repped by WME, manager Belle L. Zwerdling of B and B Management and Mann, Gelon, Glodney & Augenstein Inc.
Kurt Sutter On Extending ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Past Seven Seasons, Playing Prison-Rape Victim And Being Influenced By ‘The Shield’
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.”
Sons Of Anarchy leading lady Katey Sagal is returning to her comedy roots with a guest stint on Fox‘s musical dramedy Glee as the never-before-seen mom of Artie (Kevin McHale). “So thrilled to announce my friend Katey Sagal is playing Artie’s mom on Glee!” Glee co-creator/executive producer Ryan Murphy wrote on Twitter, announcing the casting. “There is nothing this woman can’t do!” Sagal also is attached to a comedy project at FX written by her husband, Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter.
EXCLUSIVE: Katey Sagal is going from biker matriarch to coffeehouse proprietress. The Sons Of Anarchy actress has joined the cast of There’s Always Woodstock. Sagal will play Lee Ann, the suffer-no-fools owner of the SHOP coffeehouse in the upstate New York town. The character, also a musician, is the close friend of Catherine Brown, the romantic comedy’s lead character. Allison Miller of NBC’s Go On was recently named to the role of Brown. There’s Always Woodstock follows would-be songwriter Brown as she returns to her dead parents’ home in Woodstock, New York for the summer. In her feature directorial debut Rita Merson is helming There’s Always Woodstock. Merson, Sunrise Pictures’ Peter Schafer as well Jenny Hinkey are producing the film. Joe Dain and Jim Klock are executive producers with manager David Guillod serving as Co-Executive Producer. Katey Sagal is repped by WME and B&B Management.
Kurt Sutter, creator/executive producer of FX‘s flagship drama Sons Of Anarchy, is switching to comedy for his next project. He has closed a script development deal with FX to write Diva. Clown. Killer, a half-hour comedy he created and will executive produce with wife/Anarchy star Katey Sagal and Belle Zwerdling. The project is described as a dark, absurd comedy about an 1980′s has-been rock diva; her dysfunctional son who makes his living as kids party clown; and of course, an assassin. Diva. Clown. Killer is being developed as a starring vehicle for Sagal depending on her availability with Anarchy. Sutter had indicated he plans to wrap the biker drama after seven seasons. Season 5 kicks off Tuesday.
The always unfiltered Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter took to Twitter today to vent over the fact that his hit FX series did not land a single Emmy nomination. That included a snub of co-star (and Sutter’s wife) Katey Sagal, who won a Golden Globe for her role on the show in January. “The worse part of not getting an Emmy nod — Katey promised me a threesome if she won. Now I have to settle for me, her and the shaved bunny,” Sutter tweeted, adding, “The worse part of not getting any Emmy nods is all the wasted blowjobs I gave at the Academy picnic. My breath still smells like sour ammonia… Because you know if we were nominated I’d be all humble and blowing smoke up their asses. Now I can stay true to myself and just be a dick.”
Last summer, Sutter called the Emmy voting system “flawed.” Most of his barbs today were directed at the TV Academy and its relatively high median age, which he blames for his show’s snub. “Most Emmy voters think Quinn Martin is still a player… Two academy member walk into a bar. One orders a beer. Then they both die because they’re so fucking old… Saw two Academy members on the golf course. One asked the other what club to use. Then they both died because they were so fucking old… If my mom and dad were alive this Emmy snub would kill them. That’s not true, they were too old to understand my show. Just like the Academy.”
Sutter also alluded that networks may be buying Emmys, addressed the Emmy shutout of David Simon’s Treme and Frank Darabont’s The Walking Dead (“Me, David Simon and Frank Darabont are meeting at Home Depot to rent chainsaws and woodchippers”) and took a shot at Fox’s Glee, which is produced by 20th TV, whose Fox 21 division produces SOA.
HFPA’s love affair with Glee continues. For a second consecutive year, the Fox dramedy was the most nominated program at the Golden Globes with 5 noms. And for a second consecutive year, it was the winner for best comedy/musical series. But this time, Glee was also the biggest TV winner of the night, for best series and best supporting actors Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire emerged as a new awards heavyweight with 2 wins, including best drama series. HBO once again topped the networks’ tally with 4 Globes, followed by Fox (3) and Showtime, FX and Sundance Channel (1 apiece).
After starting off with several big surprises early on, the TV portion of the Golden Globes turned more predictable as the night went on. But overall, it was out with the old and in with the new as, except for Glee‘s repeat best comedy series victory, all other series winners were first-timers, including the wins for freshman Boardwalk Empire, one of the biggest upsets of the night – Katey Sagal’s best drama series victory for FX’s Sons of Anarchy, as well as Emmy winner Jim Parsons’ best comedy actor trophy for The Big Bang Theory. Big Bang already accomplished something a multicamera comedy had not been able to do in 6 years – land a best comedy series Globe nomination. But with Parsons winning the best actor award, Big Bang did something such acclaimed multicamera comedies as Will & Grace and Everybody Loves Raymond could never do – win a Golden Globe. This was the first Globe for a multicamera sitcom in 8 years, since Friends star Jennifer Aniston won in 2003.
Parsons gave a good speech. He thanked a lot of people, including the show’s writers, directors, network, studio as well as his reps and nephew. But he only acknowledged the cast of the show in passing, despite his co-star Kaley Cuoco, who presented his award, literally jumping for joy on stage after reading his name and giving Parsons a warm embrace as he walked up to accept his award.
The ceremony started off with two shockers in the first minutes in the best actress in a drama series and best movie or miniseries categories. Last month, Sagal’s Golden Globe nomination represented hit biker drama Sons of Anarchy’s first mainstream award nomination. Make that the show’s first major award as Sagal won the drama actress category over January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Juliana Margulies, Kyra Sedgwick and Piper Perabo.