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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.”
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UPDATE, 6:20 PM: Kurt Sutter responded this afternoon to those who have savaged his Sons of Anarchy season debut over its school shooting scene. That includes the Parents Television Council, which used the FX drama’s episode to once again demand that Washington allow consumers to buy networks a la carte. “Obviously there is some blowback today,” Sutter said in a webcast on his WTF web page. “The PTC — I would imagine these are not evil people, but they’re just not very intelligent or intuitive people. … The fact that these people want to be monitoring what my children watch is terrifying. He suggested the PTC’s “simplistic, dangerous view” is “perhaps influenced by certain religious groups and people with other agendas” which, “whenever that stuff crosses the line into censorship, it’s just scary, not just on a creative level but on a personal level”.
TCA: Kurt Sutter Talks ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Graphic Novels, Prequel Series & Possible Supersized Final Season
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At a TCA panel on the penultimate sixth season of FX’s Sons Of Anarchy, executive producer Kurt Sutter said a series of Sons Of Anarchy graphic novels (already discussed at Comic-Con) might serve to fill a time gap between the end of the FX series and a possible “prequel” series of TV episodes. The novels are being produced by the Boom! Studios graphic novel house. “I had some conversations with [John] Landgraf [CEO of FX Networks] about hopefully at some point in time doing the prequel to this show,” Sutter said (joined on the TCA panel today by EP Paris Barclay and stars Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal). “We’ve talked about ways to keep the mythology alive over a few-year period” until the prequel, he added. Sutter said a variety of “off media” option are being considered, including a “gaming idea”. “The graphic novels are the first step to do that”. Sutter described the content of the novels as “parallel stories that won’t touch on any of the mythology we’ve created.” The “intersecting narrative” may involve “secondary characters that all intervene and cross through that.”
Sutter said during June’s Produced By Conference that any prequel wouldn’t be coming for a few years. “I want to let the property rest for a year or so after Sons is over before jumping in,” he noted then. Beyond that timeline, a lot about the prequel is still up in the air. “I don’t know if it will be a series or a limited series of say 10 to 13 episodes,” Sutter said at the time. “I don’t want to do it as a movie – tonally, I don’t see it as a movie.”
At Comic-Con, Sutter said he expected Season 7 — the last — to end “in a pool of blood”. When asked for details today, the producer said he has a “loose idea” of the final scene but “what I’ve learned over time is that the looser I hold onto those ideas, the better the seasons are.” When pressed again about the final shot, Sutter responded: “I have an idea of what the final shot is, and somehow it’s Otto getting out of jail. Again, I hold onto that loosely.” The producer said that there is no chance the show would return for subsequent full season but said of the final season: “Hey, if I go to John [Landgraf] and the studio and say, ‘Hey, I need three more episodes to close out the season, they’ll find a way to do it. If I can’t fit [the ending] into 13 episodes, there might be some room.”
LOS ANGELES, July 24, 2013 – FX launches the sixth season of its award-winning, top-rated drama Sons of Anarchy on September 10 at 10 PM ET/PT with a special 90-minute episode and will continue to run on Tuesdays at 10 PM. The series is an adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers, and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC’s familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegal arms business driven by the seduction of money, power, and blood.
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The final Hall H panel of Comic Con 2013 was a somber affair, as the creator, director and primary cast of the long-running FX drama Sons of Anarchy gathered to talk about the brutal fifth season, and their mood going into the show’s penultimate sixth season. Moderated by Deadline’s Mike Fleming, the panelists were mum on any details about the new season. But the mood clearly was bittersweet as each of them revealed powerful feelings about the direction the show appears to be headed. When asked why he’s already planning the end to his hit series — Season 5 saw the highest ratings in its network’s history — showrunner Kurt Sutter was clear that he wants to go out on his own terms.” My goal is to be able to tell the story I wanted to,” he said. “I never wanted us to overstay our welcome.” He also hinted at how the series might end. “At a certain point, the shit just has to hit the fan,” he said. “And for it to stay real and believable, it has to find its endgame.” That endgame, according to Sutter, will be “a pool of blood.”
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EXCLUSIVE: Because Kurt Sutter made incendiary comments each time his series creation Sons Of Anarchy got no Emmy love over the past few seasons, it’s easy to see him as a tattooed long-haired Rodney Dangerfield, craving respect that just won’t come. The FX show is more popular in the ratings than ever, with audiences showing no sign of fatigue over the twisted journey of MC leader Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam), his murderous surrogate father Clay (Ron Perlman) and his manipulative mother Gemma (Katey Sagal). Season 5 bore more turmoil and traumatic death than usual, but will it be enough to make Emmy voters take a closer look? When I visit Sutter in his SOA offices, he’s surprisingly laid back for the guy who runs TV’s toughest show and who also plays Otto, the long suffering SOA member who sacrificed himself for his gang by going to prison. There, he committed murder, was half blinded and bit off his own tongue rather than blab, and stabbed a woman to death with a crucifix. As I enter, Sutter is talking shop with a group of his staffers including regular director [and just named DGA president] Paris Barclay. Sutter casually mentions he submitted for Emmy consideration Season 5 scenes involving a transgender stunner named Venus Van Damme. Since that character was played by Sutter’s former The Shield cohort and current Justified star Walton Goggins, it seems as good a place as any to start an Emmy-themed dialogue.
DEADLINE: Does Walton know you’ve put him in the Emmy mix for this? I would imagine his priority to be Justified for his carefully drawn cool outlaw with the sweet drawl, Boyd Crowder. You’ve put him up in a role where as I recall, he’s dressed in form-fitting ass-less chaps, and a black wig. Was it your idea or his to try and get him the Emmy for that role?
SUTTER: You know, man, at this point, I’ll kick down the Emmy door any way I fucking can. T-Girls, Best Fake Tits, Most Profound Tongue Biting. I’m considering dressing Jax in a fur cap and replacing the Harleys with Golden Unicorns.
Rarely at a loss for words, Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter has spoken before about doing a prequel to the FX series. Today at the Produced By conference, he told me a little bit more about where things stand with the possible look at the formation of SAMCRO. “Right now, it is just conversations,” Sutter said after appearing on the Hit The Ground Showrunning panel. Confirming that the series, if it happened, would be with SOA’s current home of FX, Sutter said that the show wouldn’t be coming for a few years. “I want to let the property rest for a year or so after Sons is over before jumping in,” he noted. SOA is heading into its sixth season with the expectation that the biker club series will go for a least one more cycle after that. Beyond that timeline, a lot about the prequel is still up in the air. “I don’t know if it will be a series or a limited series of say 10 to 13 episodes,” Sutter said. “I don’t want to do it as a movie – tonally, I don’t see it as a movie.”
A couple of thoughts on TV from a feature guy. The Kevin Williamson-created Fox series The Following might be the most aggravating but addictive series to come down the pike in some time. Kevin Bacon plays an FBI agent trying to capture a serial killer (James Purefoy) who has accumulated a Manson Family-like group of creepy disciples all too eager to commit unimaginably horrible acts on the killer’s behalf. As if that in itself wasn’t unlikely enough, the killer met all of his acolytes when they visited him in prison. Hasn’t anybody in the FBI thought of checking the visitor list from his days behind bars, rather than waiting and reacting to the latest horror? Can the FBI really be that dumb? That said, I cannot think of a time when I’ve been hooked on so many series, between The Following, Justified, The Walking Dead, House Of Cards, The Americans, Vikings and Blue Bloods, and I just now received the first four episodes of the new season of Game Of Thrones, and have new seasons of Homeland, Sons Of Anarchy and Boardwalk Empire to look forward to. I remember Tony Gilroy telling Deadline in an interview that mid-range dramas like his superb Michael Clayton are becoming extinct in features, and are instead being made as series for basic and pay cable networks by feature guys. As a result, TV has never been stronger while film leaves room for improvement in this department.