I’ve been hurting. Probably my two favorite comedies on TV—“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”—have been on hiatus far too long, and there’s only so many times you can re-watch episodes before your neighbors, behind thin NYC apartment walls, begin to complain. But! Larry David's “Curb” is coming back to HBO in the fall, after a two-year break. And now comes word that “Sunny,” the debaucherous comedy about four friends who run a dive bar in Philly and make one another’s lives hilariously uncomfortable, will be resurfacing on F/X on September 17th for a 12-episode run.
While Charlie Day, along with his fellow writer/producer/co-stars Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton are still in the midst of shooting episodes, Day stepped away from the set to kick MTV News the inside scoop about what “Sunny” fans can expect when the gang—including Danny DeVito's bundle of scummy fun, Frank—returns to the small screen.
“One of my favorite scripts right now is an episode called ‘The Gang Wrestles for the Troops,’” he said. “In our attempt to honor the troops coming back from Iraq, we try and put on a wrestling match and ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper is appearing in that. He’s playing a down on his luck wrestler called Da Maniac.”
That episode will also give the gang a chance to show off their musical talents, which have been on display before with ridiculous yet catchy tunes like “Day Man” and “Day Bow Bow.” “All great wrestling performers had a good entrance song, so we’ve written our own entrance song about the Birds of War, which is what we call ourselves,” Day revealed.
From an early episode about abortion to last season’s show in which the gang goes to typically absurd lengths to get heath insurance, the “Sunny” crew has shown a curiosity about engaging with news making headlines day after day, and the new season will be no different. Expect plot lines to touch on the economic crisis, Ponzi schemes and, Day said, “We may just touch on the Octomom thing for a minute.”
“We don’t ever want to beat anyone over the head with it or be preachy, but it also feels a little irresponsible to just ignore the world and what’s going on,” he explained. “We don’t take it too, too seriously, but I think it’s good to address those things in the light of comedy.”
Day has just been cast opposite Drew Barrymore, Christina Applegate and Justin Long in the romantic comedy, “Going the Distance,” so once shooting on “Sunny” wraps in late July, the actor will be shuttling between shooting the movie and helping put the TV show together. While he won’t be in the edit room every day, after four seasons, Day is feeling secure about the direction of “Sunny.”
“I don’t think we’re arrogant, but from day one we were confident in the type of show and the type of humor we wanted to put out there,” he said, before heading back inside to continue shooting. “It’s been great how much the show has grown in terms of a fan base and how enthusiastic our fans. We’ve always been proud of our show, especially compared to the other comedies on television.”
What do all the "Sunny" fans think about what the guys have planned for the new season? What news headline would you like to see them integrate into an episode?