“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” will continue to shine for at least two more seasons.
The renewal, which calls for two more 10-episode seasons, will make “Always Sunny” the longest-running live-action comedy series in cable history.
The overall deal, which runs through 2017, includes a series order for an untitled comedy project starring “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” alum Tracy Morgan. The series, created by McElhenney, Day, Howerton and Luve Rakhe (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “New Girl”) will be paired with the upcoming tenth season of “Always Sunny,” with a January 2015 launch.
RCG Productions will executive produce as well as serve as showrunners, along with Luvh Rakhe. Eric Tannenbaum, Kim Tannenbaum, and Nick Frenkel are also executive producing.
The new overall deal — RCG and FX Productions entered their first overall deal in 20011 — also calls for a yet-to-be-announced comedy pilot order, as well as a trio of script orders, including one for “Harder,” written by Howerton and Scott Marder (“Always Sunny”). The deal also calls for script orders for “We’re Good, Thanks,” written by Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Artemis Pebdani and Day, with “Always Sunny” actresses Ellis and Pebdani attached to star; and “Blow Up Dolls,” written by and starring Sarah Solemani (“Him & Her”).
“Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton are three of the most talented comedy writers and producers in our business, not to mention very gifted actors,” said Nick Grad, president of original programming, FX Networks and FX Productions. “This deal is a testament to their skill, intelligence and work ethic, which combined to earn them one of the best overall deals in TV. Not bad for three guys who shot a pilot ten years ago for $200 and a few pizzas.”
“We’ve had a wonderful partnership with Rob, Charlie and Glenn and over the past ten years,” Eric Schrier, president of original programming, FX Networks and FX Productions, added. “They are fantastic and prolific producers, writers and actors, and it’s great to continue to support their talents for many years to come.”