With its 14th season renewal order, 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. Along with that, they're coming off one helluva' quality 13th season – considered by fans and critics to be one of its best. Safe to say things are pretty good for The Gang from Paddy's Pub.
Even better news – especially for the fans? At the end of May, McElhenney and Day posted on Instagram the announcement fans everywhere had been waiting to hear…
"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" is Back in Business!
Now if you're a fan of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, then you're well-aware of Mac's twisted letter-writing obsession with Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley.
The "Love Story" of Mac and Chase Utley
In fifth-season episode "The World Series Defense," Mac reveals his Single White Female-like desire to play catch with Utley… to be his friend… to be his – you know what? Let's leave it to Dee to get you up to speed:
In sixth-season episode "The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods," Mac's heartbreak only deepend. Abandoned in the woods with Frank and Dee by Charlie and Dennis (who left to attend the charity event they were all supposed to attend), Mac learned in the worst way possible that Frank booked Utley and Philadelphia Phillies teammate Ryan Howard to be at the event – the one they would never make:
Leading to this selfie – sent to Mac by the very, very cruel Dennis:
Now, what many people may hot realize is that Utley did respond to Mac's letter back in 2013 – but it would be another six years before Mac's full cream would become a reality.
Well, it looks like Karma, the mystical forces of Nature, and Major League Baseball (MLB) have conspired to finally give Mac's real life alter-ego McElhenney the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity deprived Paddy's self-appointed "enforcer."
Without further ado, a moment that might even convince Dennis that he knows how to feel – even for a second:
Mac finally had his catch with Chase Utley.
Dreams really do come true. pic.twitter.com/k10Zm9PM7i
— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 21, 2019
Olson offered an even better perspective…
The Gang from Paddy's Pub has teamed up with Omaze for a contest where one lucky fan and a friend will visit the set in Los Angeles, possibly be a background extra in a scene, and then share a toast with the cast on the bar set. While no donation or payment is necessary to enter or win, your monies will go to a very worthy, Paddy's Pub-approved cause: The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which offers medically-supervised summer camps and programs free of charge to children with serious illnesses and their families throughout the Northeast (more below).
Here's a look at what you and a friend will win – and for more information, rules, and how to enter, click here:
● Be a featured background extra in an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (if available, and winner only).
● Share a toast with The Gang on the set of Paddy's Pub.
● Roundtrip airline flight to/from Los Angeles and 4-star hotel stay.
We hope you can read, because we've got news. The Always Sunny gang has added a new member: YOU. What's up, b*tches! You and a friend will join the cast on set to finally find out why it's always sunny in Philadelphia (they film in LA!)—and be featured in the background as an extra. You'll film while your friend cheers you on, maybe work on your dance/karate moves and be part of the funniest show on TV for 13 seasons and counting. Then to celebrate, you'll share a toast with the gang on the infamous Paddy's Pub set. Cheers! Flights and hotel included. No donation or payment is necessary to enter or win this sweepstakes.
Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is dedicated to providing "a different kind of healing" to more than 20,000 seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge, annually. For many participants, they provide multiple Camp experiences throughout the year at the camp facility in Connecticut, in more than 40 hospitals and clinics, and through other regional outreach activities across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic region. It's a community that celebrates the fun, friendship and spirit of childhood, where every kid can "raise a little hell."
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.
Another bonus this pre-season? No "drama" regrading Howerton's involvement in the 14th season, telling The Hollywood Reporter back in March 2019 that although work on the upcoming season wasn't starting until later in the year, there was a very good chance there would be more Dennis in fans' lives when the series returns: "We're in talks about season 14 right now. The writers room on that is going to start in a couple months." As for Howerton's Dennis being a larger part of that? "That's the plan."