According to Rob McElhenney, showrunner and actor of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “The Gang” will deal with the pandemic in a future episode.
According to Rob McElhenney, showrunner and actor of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, “The Gang” will be seen dealing with the pandemic in a future episode. Always Sunny first premiered in 2005 and is still running. With 14 seasons having been released, it is the longest-running US television comedy of all time. The show stars McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, and Danny DeVito. The show follows a group of narcissists who run a bar called Paddy’s Pub in South Philadelphia.
In addition to It’s Always Sunny, McElhenney also created the new Apple TV+ series, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, alongside Megan Ganz and Charlie Day. The show follows the creative team and business behind Mythic Quest, a fictional multiplayer online role-playing game, as it prepares for the launch of their game’s long-awaited expansion. Mythic Quest completed its first season. While the season ended with episode 9, the cast filmed a separate remote episode over Zoom, and just released episode 10, titled “Quarantine.”
In an interview with NME, McElhenney discusses the quarantine episode of Mythic Quest, and how it came about. McElhenney also talks Always Sunny, and the narcissists present within that show. Toward the end of the interview, the interviewer asks what a quarantine episode for Always Sunny would have looked like. To this, McElhenney replies, “Well, we actually do have an episode called ‘The Gang Gets Quarantined’ [season nine, episode seven] where we quarantine ourselves in the bar. I think there’s a big flu going around Philadelphia or something like that. When we come back, don’t worry, we will address all this in the way only Sunny can!”
During the conversation with NME, McElhenney is also asked where he is with Always Sunny. McElhenney says that the team is still in active negotiations for seasons 15 and 16, and hope they can get jump right into it as soon as they get out of the Mythic Quest season. McElhenney also shares that he wants to do Always Sunny “forever,” as long as people keep watching it, and the team keeps having fun with it. He refers to it as his dream job, and that he doesn’t see why anyone would ever want to stop.
Whenever the Coronavirus-based episode drops, it’ll probably still be timely, as the lock-in orders continue to be extended throughout the country. Will the Gang lock itself in at Paddy’s? Will it be shot remotely or in-person? If shot remotely and it’s anything like the Quarantine episode from Mythic Quest, it’s bound to be a great time. The Mythic Quest episode has proven that it’s possible to make top-notch television remotely and take a unique spin on it.
McElhenney’s desire to keep It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia going for as long as possible may sound ambitious, but 14 seasons have proven that the team behind it has plenty of wacky ideas for scripts. The show does not seem to be slowing down in any way. With more seasons, perhaps it will increase the chances that the show eventually wins an Emmy. It famously has not been able to snag the award throughout its decade-and-a-half run. However, it’s very clear from McElhenney’s most recent interview and previous ones that the team works so hard on this show because it genuinely loves to do so.
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