"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" – Frank Reynolds: The Man, The Myth, The Sounds [VIDEO]

With season 14 in the record books and work on the 15th season underway, FXX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is set to surpass ABC's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as longest-running live-action comedy series: a title Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny DeVito) will happy to hang behind the bar – and one they plan on holding onto for awhile.

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia / FX Networks

There's also been some news on the other side of the camera, with FX Networks and Hulu entering into a new streaming deal known as FX on Hulu – and Always Sunny is just one of a ton of others shows whose past catalog will be available exclusively on the Disney-owned streaming service. So to mark the occasion, the fine folks at FX Networks are offering new viewers and the viewing faithful a little treat (I guess?)…

The sights and (mostly) sounds of Wolf Cola CEO Frank Reynolds. Every scream. Every grunt. Every groan…

Last month, McElhenney appeared on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote his new Apple TV+ series Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet, we knew that some Always Sunny questions were inevitable. That said, we didn't know what went on behind the scenes that resulted in DeVito joining that series, starting with its second season – and we definitely didn't know that his hiring kept the series from being a "one-season wonder".

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When the series premiered in 2005, it do so with the support of FX President John Landgraf and the network – but its freshman year run didn't result in a ton of eyeballs tuning in. Landgraf avised McElhenney to bring on someone of "name" who could help boost the show's presence from a marketing standpoint – suggesting DeVito as he had previously run the actor's prodcution company, Jersey Films.

For McElhenney, the idea of bringing a "movie star" of any name (nothing personal against DeVito) would prove counter to the chemistry the cast developed during its first season that made the series so unique:

"We said, 'No'. I said, 'No thank you. We don't want Danny DeVito'. I said, 'It's nothing personal against Danny DeVito. I grew up watching Danny. He's a legend and he's incredibly funny and we love him.' But we felt we had something really special and we really thought maybe bringing a movie star on would ruin the chemistry."

While McElhenney made a strong argument from the creative standpoint, it was Landgraf's response that proved to be the "killing blow" in this back-n-forth: he'll have to cancel the show.

Check out the story for yourself below (starting at 4:10, just in case), and see the exact moment McElhenney realized you can't worry about chemistry on a show – when you don't have a show…

 

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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