Leave it to FXX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to take something as simple as the format of a Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press event and give it that "special" Paddy's Pub touch. Taking the stage on Friday, Sunny cast members Charlie Day, Danny DeVito, Rob McElhenney, and Kaitlin Olson addressed the "massive" outbreak of support from LGBTQ viewers to McElhenney's Mac coming out as gay in season 12 – but not before an interesting presentation from the group.
The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia cast started off with a table read of season 13 episode "Mac Finds His Pride," followed by a sneak preview of the episode: Mac (McElhenney) and an unnamed female partner perform a rain-soaked, choreographed dance number in Mac's father Luther's (Gregory Scott Cummins) prison as a way of Mac coming out to his dad in a very sincere, intimate way.
After the screening, the cast took questions and here are some of the highlights:
● When asked about the upcoming "Pride" episode, McElhenney joked, "It's Season 13, so we've gotta do something." Following up, he revealed that Mac's storyline "slowly evolved over time" and that fan response has been largely positive: "They told me how moved they were by it and how important it was to be represented." Day added, "We wanted to try something, for lack of a better term, heartwarming." For DeVito, the reaction hit a personal note: "I was really moved by it. It was cool to see that. And inspiring."
● With the new season set to premiere next month on FXX, McElhenney confirmed that Howerton will appear in most of the season's episodes: "We went through all sorts of ideas before we knew that Glenn was coming back. He's in pretty much every episode." Day followed up by saying, "He's in the majority of them."
● According to McElhenney, Mac will finish transitioning from "Fat Mac" to being back in shape.
● Day praised the how much more experimental the show continues to be, alluding to new upcoming episode "experiments" that would include an all-female remake of a previous episode (possible for season 14); and Dennis (Glenn Howerton) being portrayed in one episode by a sex doll.
● McElhenney said it took about 50 takes to shoot the dance number.