"It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia": Is Rob McElhenney Looking to Reignite "The Office" War?

With season 14 set to premiere on Wednesday, September 25, FXX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is now tied with ABC's The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet as the longest-running live-action comedy series. Now that's a title Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dennis (Glenn Howerton), Charlie (Charlie Day), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Frank (Danny DeVito) would be more than happy to hang behind the bar – and one they're expected to hold on their vey own very soon. Safe to say things are pretty good for The Gang from Paddy's Pub.

Now you know by now we've been tracking what we thought was a squashed "beef" with Steve Carell and The Office over "territory rights" – before building a bridge of love and friendship between both shows (more on that here and here).

Or so we thought.

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IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA — CR: Patrick McElhenney/FX

Then there was that cool video McElhenney posted on Instagram of Office PA/dancer Conor Biddle showing off his moves on set between shoots – which had us speculating that maybe it was meant to show Dunder-Mifflin what was waiting for them if they dared a dance battle.

Now we're thinking it's not mere "speculation" anymore.

We would understand if you miss what we're talking about in the image below – the greased-up beefcake that is McElhenney and Howerton can be clearly distracting…

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So let's direct your attention to the top of the post – and what McElhenney chose to list his "location" as:

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Rob McElhenney

So were we right? Are our Abercrombie & Fitch bouncer-cosplaying pair looking to start some static where once there was none? Is this the beginning of a The Godfather-like takedown of all modern classic sitcoms?

After The Office, who's next? Bosom Buddies? Two Broke Girls? ALF?

"It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia": Is Rob McElhenney Looking to Reignite "The Office" War?

The Gang Keeps Us Busy While We Wait

Developed by McElhenney and Howerton, and written/executive produced by McElhenney, Howerton, and Day, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was FX's first comedy hit before moving over to FXX – a fact that FX CEO John Landgraf does not take lightly when he explained at the Television Critics Association (TCA) why the series has been so successful for so long – even after all this time: "It was the fist successful deconstruction and reconstruction of a sitcom," praising the leads as "five really hilarious degenerates who are most active schemers" as well as the main reason for the show's success – while also acknowledging the various "social issues" that the series addressed so effectively in the past.

With the show back in production, that means scripts are being written – which means spoilers. Of course, "The Spoiler Game" gets a whole lot easier when McElhenney posts on social media an image of Day tapping away on an upcoming scene. If you zoom in close enough, it becomes pretty clear it's not Dolph Lundgren's super-powered nose that Day's writing about…

Charlie's leaving?!? Dennis and Mac are in love?!?

Wow! I can't be-… hold on. Keep reading. "Frank" has the biggest revelation of them all:

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I can't believe you zoomed in to see what was on this screen and actually think that we'd give away anything we're doing this season. Don't you have better things to do? Just kidding. Thanks for caring. Happy Fourth of July.

Gotta' admit – they have a point. Which is why your friends at Bleeding Cool are more than happy to do the zooming and squinting for you as we pick over ever single fiber of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia news possible.

Though wouldn't it be funny if it turned out to be true, and they got us with a double-swerve. Wild card!

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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