EMMYS: Deadline's Live-Blog Special Guest: 'Sons Of Anarchy' Creator Kurt Sutter

As part of our Primetime Emmy Awards coverage Monday evening, I will do a live blog during the event with Sons Of Anarchy creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter. To me, Sons is the most accomplished and ambitious long-running series to be ignored by Emmy voters, save for a couple song nominations. Sons is a Shakespearean tale that to my mind has produced some of the most shocking moments and richest character development of any series to come along during this cable series golden age. Perhaps the series has been marginalized by voters because the empire is a motorcycle club dealing in illegal firearms, drugs and violence. But some of the most lauded series take place in unsavory settings, from The Sopranos and organized crime to Boardwalk Empire and Prohibition Era bootlegging, to Breaking Bad and the production of methamphetamine. As Sutter and Sons rev toward their seventh and final season, I thought his perspective on the Emmys would fit nicely with the real-time coverage Deadline will provide during the event. Here’s a trailer for the Sons final season:

  1. SoA is absolutely the best series on TV ignored by Emmy voters. My belief is that the current zeitgeist is overwhelmed with current worldwide real violence and doesn’t want to see it in their otherwise escapist entertainment also set in the present. Boardwalk empire is set in the past, the Sopranos was set in the present when it aired but is was a seemingly less violent “present”. It’s a deep shame because SoA has rich characters, story lines and terrific performances.

    1. Yup. News saturated with man’s inhumanity to man. Don’t need more of the same to “entertain” myself.

  2. This show has made me scream out loud (Clay), has made me laugh (Chucky), has made me cry big, sloppy, wet tears (OPIE!), has kept me up at night (too many times to count), and I keep coming back for more.
    It’s my crack. I’m addicted and Kurt Sutter is my enabler. I’m fairly certain I will have to go into therapy when it ends.
    I only hope the Academy rights it’s wrongs with a whole host of awards for this, it’s final, and I’m sure it’s best season. It might just help easy the pain many of us will be enduring.

  3. SOA IS BY FAR THE BEST TV SERIES EVER!!!! I BOUGHT THE DVDs, AND I CANT STOP WATCH THEM!!!!! IM WAITING FOR SEASON 6 TO ARRIVE IN THE MAIL. AND IM WAITING TO START WATCHING SEASON 7 ON SEPTEMBER 9TH!!!!!! I CANT WAIT!!!! KURT SUTTER’S IS A TOTAL GENIUS!!!!! HE AND THE ACTORS DESERVE AN EMEMY!!!! AND THE TV SERIES DESERVES THE EMEY ALSO!!!!!! I love you SOA!!!!!!! I love you Kurt!!!!!!

  4. “SoA” is white trash “Sopranos.” I was a fan up until Season 3, when they spent half of the episodes looking for a missing baby.

    And some of the dialogue has been laughable. I remember interactions between Gemma and that lady ATF agent seemed like they were taken straight out of a WWE event. “Well….(pause and harlflip for drama)…bitch.”

  5. Sons is what I wait for every year and I’m certain I’ll go into withdrawal when it ends. Absolutely the best show on TV along with breaking bad of course. Our whole family is hooked. Thanks to everyone involved for making my life more exciting. Lol….love it and hope it will receive the awards it so much deserves.

  6. I would have argued a couple of years ago that SOA has been egregiously ignored by the Emmys but the show has devolved into a pointless shockfest of late. It’s been a sad thing to see.

  7. SOA is the only show I actively hate watch. The reason it’s ignored by Emmy-voters is because it lacks any sense of nuance.

    I’ve also got an inherent problem with the blatant racial double standard of making a predominately white MC “club” the protagonists of a show, when you’d never have a show about The Crips, an Asian Triad or an central American gang.

    1. Come on dude. Just because the protagonists of the show are the white club, it’s a racial double standard? Pull the PC card out of your ass. By your standard, since we’ve got a show about white girls (“2 Broke Girls,”) if there isn’t a show about black girls doing the same thing, then the TV gods are racist. That’s simply a ridiculous train of thought. It’s also an ignorant argument in general anyway, considering there’s been two shows on this summer (“Gang Related” and “Power”) which specifically portray gang/crime life through the eyes of people of different races. Also, on “Sons of Anarchy,” the show, in my opinion, does a great job of portraying the different gangs and their cultures and what not. It certainly never makes one gang look “evil” or anything.

  8. SOA, has become such a part of my life, for 7 years, I can’t believe it’s comming to a end, I so wish it could continue, Kurt Sutter & this show has taken over and ruled this world. Just check out his fan base, it’s everywhere!!! Like Elvis you are the KING!

  9. Sons of Anarchy being ignored by the Emmy’s in my opinion is a huge lack of ignorance. If given the opportunity the talent of so many would be shared with the world. The actors on the series have given their best performances ever, simply amazing. Yes, it’s about bikers & outlaws but, if given the chance everyone see that the creator Kurt Sutter has made it much more it’s more about the passion of the fine line between love and hate, family and life long friendships. I believe Sons of Anarchy is the best series yet to be seen all around. Emmy’s this is on you, depriving everyone involved with Sons of Anarchy the acknowledgement they are due.

  10. Soa is by far my favorite show. I own every season. I love kurt sutter he is amazing. The cast is awesome. So the emmys can go piss up a rope. This show has the best fan base. And i hate to see it end.

  11. I love soa when it first aired my partner coursed me to watch I was hocked I normally would have hated such a programme the whole story line is amazing always leaving me wanting more !!!!!

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