Comedy Central signs for Sunny Philadelphia

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The FX comedy series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is going to have a second life on Comedy Central, which has reached a multi-year deal with Twentieth Television for the exclusive basic cable syndication rights.


The deal begins in the summer of 2010. Following the limited summer 2010 window, the series with settle into its long-term, multi-year run in January 2011.

The half-hour series, currently in its fifth season on FX, stars Charlie Day, Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito.

“With an outstanding cast, superlative writing and stories that you have to see to believe, ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ is one of the most outrageous comedies on television. The Gang from Paddy’s Pub will feel right at home when they hit our schedule next summer,” said David Bernath, Sr. VP, Programming, Comedy Central.

The characters are experts on every subject but actually possess expertise in nothing at all. They often use revisionist history to bolster their self-worth, which contrasts sharply with the true reality of their lives.

Initially shot by McElhenney, Howerton and Day on a hand-held digital camera and edited on a home computer for $200 – most of which went to pay for pizza and the cost of gasoline to drive to location shoots – FX picked up the show and re-shot the pilot (for a price significantly higher than that of the original $200). “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” was created by McElhenney and is executive produced by McElhenney, Day and Howerton. Michael Rotenberg and Nick Frenkel are also executive producers. The series is produced by FX Productions and distributed by Twentieth Television.