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Posted Wednesday 11/07/18 at 2:51PM EST
Kurt Sutter explains Mayans MC's season finale, says he doesn't know what happens next
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It's sort of the Sons schedule," says Sutter of working on Season 2. "I'll probably start back up with the writers at the end of January. We'll go back into production around the end of May. I like to have at least 16 to 18 weeks up front with my writers to get a grip on things. We'll probably shoot for around the same time with the airing of season two. That's the schedule of it all, but as far as the ideas? There's a lot of viable jumping off points."
Posted Monday 10/01/18 at 6:35PM EDT
FX renews Mayans MC for Season 2
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Sons of Anarchy spinoff is the No. 1 new cable show of 2018 so far, averaging 8.2 million viewers across all platforms. It is also the No. 1 TV show overall among men 18-49 on Tuesday nights. "Mayans MC is performing fantastically, proving to be a breakout first season,” said Nick Grad, president original programming at FX Networks and FX Productions, in a statement. "The series premiered as the highest rated cable series this year and continues to sustain a committed fan base, reflecting the talent and drive of creators Kurt Sutter and Elgin James. We couldn't be more excited to take this ride to a second season."
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 2:04PM EDT
Mayans MC premieres to 2.53 million viewers 10 years and one day after Sons of Anarchy debuted to 2.53 million viewers
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Kurt Sutter's spinoff series had remarkably similar numbers to the show it spun off from. In fact, Mayans MC had the best FX premiere ratings in a year.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 2:03AM EDT
Mayans MC is too much of the same stuff from Sons of Anarchy with different names
Source: Rolling Stone
"There are occasional playful flourishes, like the way the show signals the start of each flashback to EZ’s days as a clean-cut student dating Emily (Sarah Bolger), but otherwise it’s the same stuff, different names," says Alan Sepinwall. "(The Galindo cartel was a key part of Sons, too, but here it assumes the plot function of the manipulative Irish gun runners who funded SAMCRO.) That it’s a Latino group that gets mixed up with hot-button issues on both sides of the border offers some new shading, but that material largely takes a backseat to the same old plot moves. It’s a spin-off likely to be better received by people who didn’t watch the original."
- Mayans MC feels like the product of research, rather than lived experience
- Mayans MC is a "strange blast": "It ain’t Shakespeare, but it is salient and thrillingly confident in its storytelling"
- It doesn't fully make the case this was the spinoff Sons of Anarchy needed or demanded
- Mayans MC seems less interested in exploring timely sociopolitical themes -- it's more of a throwback than a spinoff
- Watching Mayans MC for the first time felt a lot like watching Sons of Anarchy for the first time
- It is too much like the bad late seasons of Sons of Anarchy
- There's a lot riding on Mayans MC -- it has to live up to the best years of Sons of Anarchy
- How to watch Mayans MC without having seen Sons of Anarchy
- JD Pardo had difficulty learning to ride a Harley
- Edward James Olmos was drawn to Mayans MC because it delved into the subtext of the characters' lives
- Kurt Sutter insists Mayans MC is not a political show: "I had to step away and realize that if I'm not going to let externals dictate how I tell stories, I can't do it in reverse either"
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 10:58PM EDT
Kurt Sutter looks back at launching Sons of Anarchy as it celebrates its 10th anniversary
The FX biker drama premiered on Sept. 3, 2008. Having come from writing for The Shield, Sutter says the evolution of the show was intertwined with his creative growth. "The stuff that I learned on Sons, the education of how to tell stories, was part of that mythology,” he says. “It’s hard to look at it and go, ‘Oh, if I knew this, I would have done it this way,’ because the fact is I like to think that all that sort of unraveled as it was supposed to. And not just in terms of story, but in terms of where I was at and the creatives I surrounded myself with.”
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Mayans M.C. to show Sons of Anarchy characters in flashback scenes
Source: Entertainment Weekly
But don't expect the Mayans members to talk about Jax. “I don’t want to mess with that mythology,” Kurt Sutter says of Sons of Anarchy. “That mythology can live in imagination. But flashbacks wouldn’t be stepping on what is happening now.” ALSO: Mayans M.C. might feature Jax's son Abel.
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 11:01PM EDT
How JD Pardo landed the lead role on Mayans M.C.
“I saw his read with a couple other actors and sort of knew what I was looking for,” Kurt Sutter said at Comic-Con “It was one of those things where I knew what I wasn’t looking for and then I saw JD read and there was something interesting and commanding in what he was doing.“ Pardo adds: "We had this honest conversation where he told me what he wanted the character to be...“I told (Kurt), ‘If you give me this opportunity I will not let you down, I will not let FX down, I will not let the fans down.’”
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 9:27AM EDT
Kurt Sutter: Mayans M.C. will eventually intersect with Son of Anarchy, but he wants to keep the spinoff "sacred" for now
“I want to acknowledge that world and find opportunities to circle that, but I don’t want to abuse it,” Sutter said at Comic-Con, later joking: “Season 4, everything is up for grabs." ALSO: Sutter gets to do a flashback on Mayans M.C., which he never did on Sons of Anarchy.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Sons of Anarchy's Kurt Sutter adds his voice to Fox creators denouncing Fox News
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Sutter, who executive produces Mayans MC for FX and 20th Century Fox subsidiary Fox21, says of Fox News and its coverage of President Trump's child separation policy: "The political decision made by this administration was heinous. But I don’t consider what Fox airs as 'news.' It’s manipulative propaganda, run by oligarchs, delivered by puppets, to control the fearful. What I do with FX and Fox 21 is not influenced by that energy. Yes, we are all owed by the parent company, but contrarily, at FX, other artists and myself are given the freedom to tell stories that address real issues in a truthful way. I guess we just learn to live with the sad irony that our fiction is more truthful than Fox News’ facts."
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 8:19AM EDT
Kurt Sutter doesn't want Mayans MC to be a Latino version of Sons of Anarchy
“My job is to transition the mythology from Sons and honor that,” Sutter said at the ATX Television Festival. “We want to acknowledge where we came from and those fans and balance that with a show that’s original and different and doesn’t feel like a Latino version of Sons of Anarchy.“ He added: “I knew a white a guy from jersey shouldn’t be writing about the Latino culture." ALSO: Mayans MC has been in the works since Season 3 or Season 4 of Sons of Anarchy.
Posted Tuesday 5/08/18 at 1:23PM EDT
FX's Mayans MC debuts its first teaser
Source: TV Guide
The Sons of Anarchy spinoff from Kurt Sutter and "thug-turned-filmmaker" Elgin James premieres this fall.
Posted Wednesday 2/14/18 at 5:44PM EST
Netflix is looking like a "parallel TV universe" following the Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes deals
Source: The New York Times
Netflix has been considered everything from an online-video platform to a network to a cable channel. "The Murphy and Rhimes deals suggest something else: It’s an entire parallel TV universe, and it’s still expanding," says James Poniewozik. "Think of Netflix as the Upside Down in its sci-fi series Stranger Things. By this I don’t mean that it’s a nefarious or dangerous force. But it is a kind of alternative TV dimension, overlaying and replicating the known world of traditional television, that tries to acquire one of everything that exists in the universe of TV." Poniewozik says his first instinct was to liken Netflix to cable. But cable channels have brands. They have specialties and sensibilities to cater to a specific audience. "Netflix doesn’t have that; in fact, it is specifically anti-that," he says. "Its brand is 'stuff that you like to watch on TV.' It developed a vast library of reruns, and with that, a proprietary trove of data on who likes to watch what and how much. Then it made more of that, or bought it. If you liked 30 Rock, here’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. If you liked Damages, here’s Bloodline."
- FX responds to Ryan Murphy's Netflix deal, points to its deep bench of shows its "very successful track record of identifying and developing talented writers"
- Who's next? Will Kurt Sutter, Donald Glover and Noah Hawley also bail on FX?
- Losing Murphy and Rhimes deals a blow to a Disney's planned rival streaming service
- What the Netflix deal means for each of Ryan Murphy's shows, from 9-1-1 to American Horror Story
- Rhimes and Murphy's Netflix deals should put traditional networks on alert
- Netflix's poaching of Murphy could change TV for good
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 2:15PM EST
FX picks up Sons of Anarchy spinoff Mayans MC, unveils first photo
After some retooling, including shooting a new pilot and recasting several roles, the Kurt Sutter series, has officially been picked up with a 10-episode order. “Kurt Sutter is a master storyteller and Mayans MC has the raw energy and intensity that are hallmarks of his signature style,” said FX president Nick Grad in a statement. “Thanks to Kurt, co-creator Elgin James and this amazing cast, Mayans MC builds on the legacy of Sons of Anarchy, taking it in a thrilling new direction that we can’t wait for the world to see.”
Posted Monday 10/09/17 at 10:47PM EDT
Apple cancels Elvis Presley miniseries with The Weinstein Company amid Harvey Weinstein scandal
The Weinstein Company-produced 10-part Elvis miniseries was in its early development stages, which made it easier for Apple to pull the plug and, likely, distance itself from Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment scandal. According to Deadline, “Weinstein Television had partnered with the Elvis Presley estate in 2016 to create an eight- to 10-part television biopic that gave the company all music rights and access to shoot in the singer’s Graceland home and to the King’s automobiles, clothes and jets.”
- The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss calls Weinstein “a scumbag!!! And a criminal!!!! Lock him up!!!!”
- Emmy Rossum, Judd Apatow are among celebs taking to Twitter to denounce Weinstein
- Lena Dunham regrets performing at a Weinstein Company-sponsored Hillary Clinton fundraiser
- Female writers on Seth Meyers' Late Night take down Weinstein
- Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter: “We’ve seen this bad f*cking movie so many times…”