Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Comic-Con 2010: FX's "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"

On the final day of Comic-Con (Sunday, July 25, 2010), the one thing I was most looking forward to was the It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia panel in Ballroom 20. And, my friends, it did not disappoint. Not only did we get a Q&A with the cast (including a surprise additional panelist from the audience (David Hornsby (Rickety Cricket))), but we also got to watch the entire first episode from the upcoming season (3 months before the rest of the world). It may've been the collective laughter of the crowd, but that may be my favorite episode yet. I cannot wait for you all to see it (in 3 months).

Because they aired the episode and because the panel was shared with the show Sons Of Anarchy, there was only a brief amount of time for audience questions (and although the cast stated they would stay longer, they (and we all) were given the bum's rush by the organizers after ten minutes or so of panel time). Despite this short window, the event was extremely entertaining.

Now, as press, I was privvy to a pre-panel press conference, which may've been the highlight of my entire Comic-Con experience (fulfilling though it was). The cast (Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton, Danny DeVito, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Kaitlin Olson, and Rob McElhenney) were set up at the front of the press room at a dais and fielded questions from the media. I only wish I had recorded it so you all could witness it closer to first-hand. As it is, here is a second-hand recount: it was hilarious.

Highlights:
- The upcoming season will focus on Deandra's pregancy, with a unique conclusion in the finale
- The show is fully scripted, with very little ad-libbing, and Charlie, Glenn, and Rob work year-round on the show
- Only Danny did not backpedal on bad-mouthing Nicholas Cage during the press event (though his laughter betrayed his jest)
- The Waitress's name will not be revealed in the run of the show, BUT in early home videos her name was given (try to find it! (this is how the Nicholas Cage discussion was spurred))
- Green Man will not appear in the new season, and they were surprised at his popularity (also, for people wearing Green Man costumes: wear a cup)

Here are the portroids I took after the press conference (plus one from a previous event):

Mary Elizabeth Ellis (The Waitress)
Charlie Day (Charlie)
Glenn Howerton (Dennis)
Rob McElhenney (Mac)
Danny DeVito (Frank)
Kaitlin Olson (Deandra) (from Vail Film Festival 2009)

More Comic-Con updates coming soon!

Love,
Rick
rick@portroids.com

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