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Interview: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

We chat with the cast of the FX comedy about what to look forward to in season seven.


At this year's San Diego Comic-Con we had a chance to sit down with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Glenn Howerton, Rob McElhenney and Danny DeVito to discuss what the Paddy's Pub gang will be up to in their seventh season.

Tell us about the show this season.
Rob McElhenney: I'm super excited for this year. It's sort of an anomaly in that it's becoming more popular each year and it makes me feel so great that people can come to it later on and enjoy it.
Charlie Day: We wrote a big, crazy season almost so big that we had to scale back one or two episodes. I really don't have a favorite this season. Just back to back to back, it's great.
Danny DeVito: Season seven is really off the charts. We went a little farther than we ever went before. I think season seven is a little wild.

What kind of misadventures are we going to see this year?
RM: This episode we're about to screen is our season premiere and it's sort of based on—we were watching Pretty Woman recently when it was on TV. You know, people think our show is offensive. To me, a movie like that is offensive. Even though I loved it, I still felt like, "Wow, what a misrepresentation of what that would be like." To find a prostitute and to marry her, would she look and act like Julia Roberts? A real prostitute? Like, you go to the South Bronx and you drive around and you find a crack whore prostitute, is she going to look like Julia Roberts? Is she going to look like Eric Roberts? So, we decided to go down that road and see what would that really be like. To me, it's a more fair representation. That's our first episode.

So Danny, you get a hooker wife this season?
DD: Well, I mean, you know, she's a whore. How she makes her money is her business. I know her as a really juicy whore. I mean, I'm talking about juicy. That whore is juicy. I like it better when she doesn't bathe for a couple of days. I'm a guy who likes Limburger cheese.

What kind of antics are we going to see from the rest of you this year?
CD: One episode that really jumps out to mind is Frank gets involved in what he thinks is a beauty pageant for grown women. Then the guy that he gets involved with gets in trouble for hitting on one of the contestants but you find out that the contestants are little girls. He realizes that he's gotta put this pageant on to legitimize it, otherwise he's gonna look like the guy who got pinched. So, we help him put on this kiddie pageant, which is really funny. We have some big dance numbers.
Kaitlin Olson: There's a lot of singing and dancing, I've noticed. I didn't realize that when I was reading the scripts but now, looking back, my favorites episodes we sing and dance.
Glenn Howerton: I enjoyed going to the Jersey shore.
KO: Yes! I always love episodes where Dee and Dennis are together, on the same page.
GH: Yeah, we actually have some brother/sister stuff. I always hesitate a little bit to talk about the Jersey shore episode because it has nothing to do with the show Jersey Shore.
KO: We just go down to an actual vacation on the shore, which happens to be in Jersey. Although, there's a little element of that in there.
GH: We couldn't do nothing, but I'm very happy with the way we address it. It is not what anybody would expect. That's what we pride ourselves most on.

You guys are also doing a high school reunion episode?
CD: We got a great high school reunion. We reveal certain things about characters. And because of shows like Glee and High School Musical and all this dancing at high schools, our characters think that maybe dance is the best way to make up for who they were in high school. So, there's a big dance number at the end of it, which is really great.

Do you have any new products this year?
CD: There's an episode where you find out the gang has a drinking/board game that they play on rainy days called Charty MacDennis. It's a demented game. Probably kids should not play it at home but I'm sure we'll sell a safe version of it.

Can you talk about any characters that may be returning this season?
RM: Rickety Cricket comes back, as played by David Hornsby. We were lucky to get him back because he's got a new show now on CBS which is, literally, taking his life away from him. We try to do some new stuff this year. When you're seven years in, you don't want to just keep rehashing jokes and do the same storylines over and over. And yet, you still want to deliver the same show because, ultimately, the fans want to see the show and yet, not see the same recycled shit over and over again. We really worked hard to find some new things, but still keeping the same tone.

Are there any big guest stars coming up?
KO: Jason Sudeikis does a little thing.
GH: Jon Polito is on the show this year and he plays Frank's brother. That episode is gonna be pretty epic. It's almost like a Scorcese-style flashback to the sixties. Lance Reddick is in the episode, as well.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia begins its seventh season Thursday 9pm on FX.

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