Diane Haithman contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
Cast and producers of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia said today that the show’s 10th season will not necessarily be its last. As previously announced, the FX comedy series is moving to the new youth-oriented FXX channel for its ninth season, launching September 4, and before this morning’s TCA panel on the show FX Networks CEO John Landgraf confirmed that a 10th season of episodes has been ordered. In response to a question, executive producer Rob McElhenny said it’s “not for sure” that the quirky comedy will end with the 10th season. “I feel like we’re doing our best work, “ said McElhenny. The fact that each season has had only 10 episodes, he said “allows us to stay fresh and continue to evolve.” Added executive producer Charlie Day: “I don’t think we’ll run out of outrageous things to do … with 10 episodes a season, you don’t run the risk of burning out.”
Day also said that cast and producers expect the audience to find the show on the new network. “The world has changed a lot since we started this show a decade ago,” he said. “People find their shows more than they find their networks.” (Cast and producers of another show moving from FX to FXX, The League, were also asked today what it felt like to be becoming a signature show on the FXX network. Said co-creator Jeff Schaffe: “To be perfectly frank, it’s exciting and a little frustrating. I can’t tell our friends exactly what FXX is. It’s like saying ‘When I die I’m going to heaven.’ You know it’s a good thing, you just don’t know what it is.”)
The Sunny panel also was asked how it feels to be going into the ninth season with no Emmy love. Cast member Kaitlin Olson joked that she wasn’t even aware of this year’s nominations until fans started commiserating on Twitter. McElhenny attributed the lack of noms over the years to the fact that the show was “off the radar for the first four years. Once you find yourself in that category, it’s hard to push back in.” While there seem to be no hard feelings on the panel, Olson said the show will address the issue indirectly in a Season 9 episode in which the gang desperately tries to win an award for the bar. They try to figure out what they are doing wrong and try to change to fit the competition — and it doesn’t go so well. “I think if you watch you will see our point of view” on the Emmys, Olson joked.