The popular sitcom It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia could still just be getting started, as series creator Rob McElhenney says he and the cast intend to keep it going for as long as the fans are watching. While promoting his newest project Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet at the Winter Television Critics Association press tour, McElhenney made it clear that his work on the Apple TV+ series would not interfere with his work on It's Always Sunny. In fact, the cast and crew of the beloved comedy series have each dedicated a certain amount of time to their schedules each year just to keep the show going for as long as they possibly can.
"It takes us about five months to make a season of Sunny. We have that period of our lives carved. We're going to keep doing it forever if people keep watching," Rob McElhenney said of the FX sitcom's future. The network is also firmly on their side, as FX Networks and Productions Chairman John Landgraf and FX Entertainment President Eric Schrier have both said they want to keep It's Always Sunny going with new episodes as well. After Schrier said he and Landgraf "hope" the show will continue with more seasons, Landgraf added, "We're actively talking to them about more."
McElhenney created It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, developing the series for FX alongside Glenn Howerton. The two also star on the series with Charlie Day, with the three also serving as executive producers. Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito also star. The show primarily follows a group of friends who run the South Philadelphia Irish bar called Paddy's Pub, with each of the unique characters bringing something interesting to the table. Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Jimmi Simpson, Lynne Marie Stewart, Nate Mooney, and David Hornsby have all added a lot to the series in their recurring roles as well.
First premiering on FX in 2005, It's Always Sunny has now aired 154 episodes across 14 seasons. The show received its last series renewal in 2016 when it was picked up for two more seasons, with that deal coming to an end with the finale of season 14 in November. Reaching this 14-season milestone also ties the series with Ozzie and Harriet as the longest-running live-action comedy. Reaching season 15 will officially set the new record, though the show's future has been unclear with no renewal yet announced. Even with its current fourteen season run, the show has already accomplished far more than most other sitcoms of its type, so in any case, whatever happens from here on out is all just icing on the cake.
The forecast looks good for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia getting a 15th season and beyond, given the level of interest from the network and the commitment from the cast and crew to make it happen. Those talks are likely under way, so hopefully we'll be getting some news about the show's return coming soon. This news comes to us from Deadline.