Outlaw biker drama cable's top-rated scripted show in 18-49 demo
Unlike some other channels, both broadcast and cable, FX usually takes its time deciding whether to renew its series. "Sons of Anarchy" season 3 wasn't ordered until fairly late into season 2, even though the outlaw biker drama had already become the biggest hit in FX history.
Five episodes into season 3, though, it's so clear that "Sons" is and will continue to be a hit that FX decided not to wait in announcing their order for a season 4, to air next year.
This year, "Sons" is the highest-rated scripted show on cable in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. Each epsiode averages 4.9 million total viewers and 3.4 million viewers in the demo. Factoring in multiple plays across the week, those numbers go up to 8.6 million overall and 5.9 million in the demo.
“Sons of Anarchy is the most popular show FX has ever had, and the #1 series in basic cable for our key demographic. It is also one of the best, most original series on television,” FX presdient John Landgraf said in a statement. “FX is grateful to Kurt Sutter and his team of writers, actors, directors and crew for working so hard to make a show that achieves both those levels of success. We congratulate them and look forward to season four.”
You can read my "Sons of Anarchy" season 3 reviews here.
Another strong, silly episode for the Cul-de-Sac Crew
Nathan Lane guests on a very funny episode
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'King of the miniseries' to play a rival spy in two episodes
A bit of "Chuck" casting scoop: Richard Chamberlain will be appearing in two episodes later this season (the eighth and ninth) as Adelbert De Smet, aka "The Belgian," described in the casting notes as "an international spy who's as elusive as he is ruthless. When he crosses paths with Operation Bartowski, he becomes one of Chuck's most dangerous foes yet."
Chamberlain fits the retro vibe of much of the show's guest-casting, as he was one of the biggest stars on television in the '70s and '80s, when he earned the nickname "King of the miniseries" for his work in projects like "Centennial," "Shogun" and "The Thorn Birds." And as a young actor in the '60s, he became famous as young "Dr. Kildare." He hasn't acted much lately, but did guest star on "Leverage" earlier this year.
Other upcoming "Chuck" guest stars include Timothy Dalton, Eric Roberts and, in a return engagement from last year, Armand Assante.
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The show still wants to hold its audience's hand too much
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