Behind-The-Scenes ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Drama As Series’ Ratings Continue To Soar

By | Thursday October 4, 2012 @ 3:27pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The on-screen intensity of FX’s biker drama Sons Of Anarchy spilled behind the scenes yesterday. I’ve learned that SOA creator/executive producer Kurt Sutter got into a shouting match with co-star Tommy Flanagan on the set of the show. The altercation did not get physical and police were not called in as one source suggested. “Very hard day in Charming,” Sutter wrote cryptically on Twitter last night. “It’s my job to be the adult in the room. Unfortunately, today that adult was my father. Al was an angry man.”

This is not the first time sparks have flown on SOA whose dark and intense subject matter often has emotions running high behind the scenes. Last year, Sutter had a heated argument with series star Charlie Hunnam, which led to the actor’s scrapping SOA‘s panel at the summer TCA press tour. The two patched things up after a joint meeting with FX boss John Landgraf. Things on the show seemed to be back to normal again after yesterday’s incident. Sutter is back on the set as SOA is wrapping production on episode 12 of its its current fifth season. On Monday, filming of the season finale is slated to begin with Sutter directing. Read More »

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Kurt Sutter Says Dead ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Actor “Lost His Way”

By | Thursday September 27, 2012 @ 11:02am PDT

The Sons Of Anarchy creator said online today that the death of one of the show’s actors Johnny Lewis “was a tragic end for an extremely talented guy, who unfortunately had lost his way.” Lewis was … Read More »

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‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Creator Kurt Sutter Sells Comedy To FX, Katey Sagal May Star

By | Thursday September 6, 2012 @ 11:38am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Kurt Sutter Diva Clown KillerKurt 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. Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter Would “Love To Do A Prequel”

By | Sunday July 15, 2012 @ 4:06pm PDT

They were the last panel of Comic-Con’s huge Hall H this year but today Sons of Anarchy gave fans of the FX biker drama a few things to look forward to. SOA creator and showrunner Kurt Sutter told the crowd today that he’d “love to do a prequel about the formation of the club.” Though he gave no details of the prequel, which he has brought up before, Sutter said today that he had discussed the idea with the show’s network FX. Before the panel came out, the thousands in the crowd were treated to a seven-minute preview of Season 5′s 90-minute September 11 opening episode. With some flashbacks to the power struggle within the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original the preview started out with the Jax character writing in his journal and then revealed a long run delivery by SAMCRO on the northern California roads that gets highjacked. A pounding cover of Stevie Wonder’s Higher Ground on the soundtrack was used to set the tone. Thirty seconds of the preview were blacked out for  ”content reasons.”

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Sutter later explained that the blackout was a sex scene involving Katey Sagal and season guest star Jimmy Smits that Comic-Con felt was too explicit. Read More »

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‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Creator Kurt Sutter To Do Discovery Series About American Outlaws

By | Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 11:23am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Discovery Channel has picked up Kurt Sutter’s Outlaw Empires, a new series executive produced by the  Sons Of Anarchy creator, which will premiere on My 14. Produced by Studio Lambert and Sutterink, the six-part series will feature famous American … Read More »

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‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Creator Kurt Sutter Inks Overall Deal, Show Renewed For 6th Season

By | Friday February 3, 2012 @ 4:09pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter has signed his first overall deal: a three-year pact with FX Prods and 20th Century Fox TV, whose division Fox21 co-produces SOA with FX Prods. The deal will keep Sutter at the helm … Read More »

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Kurt Sutter Hopes To Keep ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Going For At Least 7 Seasons

By | Wednesday December 7, 2011 @ 11:59am PST

Kurt Sutter, the colorful and occasionally churlish creator of the FX biker smash Sons Of Anarchy that wrapped its fourth and most successful campaign last night, is optimistic that his show will see a seventh season. Or more. SOA already has been renewed for a fifth season of 13 episodes. He said during a conference call with reporters this morning: “We’re hoping to be able to tell the story we want to tell in a seven-season arc, to have the length of time to do that. At least we’re open to exploring that.” But he added that his experience as a writer/executive producer on The Shield tells him that “the above-the-line costs can become too much” when trying to go beyond season seven. The reason Sutter is even able to consider three seasons into the future is the fact SOA just enjoyed its highest-rated season, standing as the No. 2 scripted drama on basic cable (trailing only AMC’s The Walking Dead) and the highest-rated series ever on FX. He credits the show’s increasing viewership in part to its availability over Netflix. “It helped people really plug into and get into the show the first few seasons,” Sutter believes. “It’s been really important to our rise.” Read More »

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FX Orders Additional Episode Of ‘SOA’

By | Monday November 7, 2011 @ 10:28am PST
Nellie Andreeva

FX is extending the current fourth season of flagship drama Sons Of Anarchy, the highest-rated yet for the biker series, with a pickup of one additional episode. That will bring the total fourth season order to the Kurt Sutter-created SOARead More »

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DirecTV Files Complaint With FCC Over “Misleading” Ads By Fox In Carriage Dispute

By | Thursday October 27, 2011 @ 2:17pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The carriage dispute between DirecTV and the Fox cable networks has reached the FCC. DirecTV’s EVP Derek Chang today sent a letter to the commission complaining about the message in some of Fox’s recent ads urging DirecTV customers to switch to another satellite/cable provider as they may lose their local Fox station, too. “FOX is using misleading advertising informing DIRECTV customers that ‘soon, in some markets, you may lose your local FOX station,’ even though our retransmission consent agreement does not expire for over two months,” the letter said. The current extension to DirecTV and Fox cable networks’ carriage agreement expires on Monday, and DirecTV last week said that it plans to pull the networks if no deal is reached. The carriage deal for the Fox stations that carry the Fox broadcasting network expires on Dec. 31. Here is the full text of the letter, which does not mention the recent R-rated verbal attack on the company by Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter: Read More »

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Kurt Sutter On DirecTV-Fox Nets Carriage Dispute: ‘They Can’t F–K With ‘SOA”’

By | Tuesday October 25, 2011 @ 1:46pm PDT

Kurt Sutter, the colorful creator and showrunner of  FX’s biker drama hit Sons of Anarchy, is never one to miss an opportunity to defend the honor of his show and his network. He’s gotten into hot water in the past for speaking a bit too passionately on Twitter, so he took down his account. Now Sutter has leaped into the fray on his personal blog, Sutter Ink, to voice his displeasure with DirecTV for what he perceives as the satcaster holding Fox’s cable networks (including FX) hostage in a carriage dispute that could result in the nets being dropped by DirecTV on November 1. FX enlisted Sutter to film a promo urging fans to weigh in but didn’t let him use his prepared, profanity-laden script. But that didn’t stop Sutter from posting on his blog the entire promo writeup that includes lines like, “DirecTV is shutting down all conversation and using their customers as leverage. In the process, you’re getting fucked over.” Sutter also took time to praise FX chief John Landgraf. “If it weren’t for that guy,” Sutter wrote, “I’d be selling star maps and handjobs in front of the Motherlode.”

Here’s the full text of Sutter’s typically passionate post:

I just did a promo that will air before Tuesday night’s episode. It’s aim is to mobilize fans against DirecTV. But they refused to let me speak honestly, I had to follow an FX legal script that felt like complete bullshit. I’m sure it will serve it’s purpose, but I feel compelled to let SOA fans know what I WANTED to say.

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Will MGM/Sony Bid KO Competition For Eminem Boxing Drama ‘Southpaw?’

By | Wednesday October 19, 2011 @ 3:07pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing a bid made by MGM–with Sony Pictures distributing–is now the frontrunner for Southpaw, the Antoine Fuqua-directed boxing film that will star Eminem. The other suitors in the ring on this have been Alcon Entertainment and Summit Entertainment. … Read More »

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FX Renews ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ For Season 5

By | Monday October 17, 2011 @ 11:18am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter should be in a better mood today then Friday, when he spewed venom at bloggers in a Twitter rant. Halfway through SOA‘s fourth season, FX this morning renewed Sutter’s hit biker drama for a … Read More »

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‘SOA’ Creator Kurt Sutter Quits Twitter

Nellie Andreeva

There was no Kurt Sutter reaction to AMC’s renewal of Breaking Bad yesterday. That’s because the refreshingly uncensored Sons of Anarchy creator had just pulled the plug on his Twitter feed, days after he blamed the protracted negotiations for the Vince Gilligan-created Breaking Bad and the firing of The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont on Matt Weiner’s megadeal for Mad Men. “No one else wants to f**king say it, but the greed of Mad Men is killing the other two best shows on TV — Breaking Bad and Walking Dead,” Sutter wrote last week. “Why Darabont got fired — Weiner. He held AMC hostage, broke their bank, budgets were slashed, shit rolled down hill onto Gilligan and Frank. Those, along with the recent anti-TV Academy zingers, are now just a distant memory. Here is Sutter blog post on his exit from Twitter: Read More »

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Eminem-Antoine Fuqua Boxing Drama ‘Southpaw’ Dropped By DreamWorks But Still Seeking To Answer Bell

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks has thrown in the towel on Southpaw, the boxing drama that has Eminem returning to the screen for the first time since 2002′s 8 Mile, and Antoine Fuqua directing a script by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter. The plan was to start in January. DreamWorks’ Stacey Snider, who worked closely with Eminem and his team on 8 Mile while she ran Universal, basically gave the project back to the filmmakers to set up elsewhere and that’s what they are trying to do. Maybe DreamWorks was concerned the market is crowded with  brawler films after The Fighter and the upcoming Gavin O’Connor-directed mixed martial arts drama Warrior, or maybe the studio’s cautious after its big bet on Cowboys & Aliens didn’t pay off. (I’m sure it’s coincidence that Snider once unplugged the Fuqua-directed version of American Gangster before putting the picture back together with Ridley Scott). But given the appetite of a crop of distributors looking for wide release product, I’d be surprised if this one, which is fully packaged, doesn’t get off the canvas quickly. Read More »

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TCA: ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Creator Kurt Sutter Doesn’t Regret Emmy Snub Tweets

Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA

Kurt Sutter, the sometimes volatile showrunner of the FX biker drama hit Sons of Anarchy, acknowledged this morning during TCA a panel that his angry tweets taking the TV Academy to task for shutting his show out of the Emmy nominations was “more about my bad relationship with my father than they are about the actual nominations.” Sutter had taken to Twitter on July 14 in the immediate wake of the noms announcement and wrote, among other things, “The worst part about not getting an Emmy nod — (wife) Katey (Sagal) promised me a threesome if she won. Now I have to settle for me, her and the shaved bunny.” And: “The worst part…is all the wasted blowjobs I gave at the Academy picnic. My breath still smells like sour ammonia.”

This morning, Sutter observed, “If any of you want to lay me down on a couch and get me to open up about that afterward, I gladly will.” Afterward, Sutter declined the couch part but elaborated, “To me it was a very sardonic response and it was done making fun of the whole process. My part in it is that I should have realized that because of my past comments about the Emmys, (whatever I tweeted) would be taken in light of that…Most of the Academy members are just slobs like me and work long hours. It’s not like they all get together and say, ‘Let’s not recognize Sons.’ I don’t think there’s any sort of agenda.” But Sutter concluded, “I don’t ultimately regret anything I say or do.” Read More »

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Cross Creek Pictures Hires Becky Sloviter As Senior Production Veep

Mike Fleming

After making a splash by funding the wildly profitable Darren Aronofsky-directed Black Swan, Timmy Thompson and Brian Oliver’s Cross Creek Pictures has become an increasing presence in the independent film producing and finance game. To help manage the growing project volume, they’ve hired Becky Sloviter to be senior vice president of development and production. She started work yesterday and had most recently been veep of development and production at MGM, where she worked on such titles as the Kevin James-starrer Zookeeper and the Drew Goddard-directed The Cabin in the Woods, as well as the musical Valley Girl which is on a fast track at MGM. Before that, Sloviter had been a production exec at Stuber/Parent Productions. Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Creator Lashes Out At TV Academy & ‘Glee’ Over Snub

Nellie Andreeva

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. Read More »

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DreamWorks Teams With Eminem And Kurt Sutter For ‘Southpaw’

By | Monday December 13, 2010 @ 3:26pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: DreamWorks has made a preemptive acquisition of Southpaw, a pitch for a star vehicle for Eminem (Marshall Mathers) that will be written by Sons of Anarchy creator/exec producer Kurt Sutter. Like in Eminem’s 2002 screen starring debut 8 Mile,Read More »

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FX Renews ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ For Season 4

By | Thursday October 7, 2010 @ 12:42pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

No surprise here – Sons of Anarchy has become FX’s new flagship series and its highest-rated ever. The cable network has picked up the biker drama from creator Kurt Sutter for a fourth season with a 13-episode order. The series’ third season finale airs Nov. 30. Here is more from FX’s announcement: Read More »

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