Sons of Anarchy Gets a Well-Deserved Pickup

... FX has done the right thing and ordered a fourth season of Sons of Anarchy, which is solidifying its place as one of TV's best dramas with its most consistent season to date. Let's recap the best parts so far: A murdered caregiver was "cleaned up" by a creepy Stephen King, Jax bashed a guy's face into the asphalt until it was Silly Putty, Gemma stabbed a man in the groin, and a buck-naked Tig was shot while doing the nasty by an old man with dementia. Fun for the whole family! [FX via press release]

... Angus T. Jones, the half man in CBS' Two and a Half Men, turns 17 today. And he's guaranteed to make $7.8 million over the next two seasons plus a $500,000 signing bonus. For my 17th birthday, I got a card and a pair of hand-me-down socks. [TMZ]

... We've seen stars dance, we've seen them pitch business ideas, we've seen them in the circus—but have we ever seen them bowl? A company is shopping around Stars & Strikes, a show featuring A-listers like Flavor Flav and Antonio Sabato Jr. bowling. How does Hollywood continue to come up with such amazing ideas? [Variety]

... USA has announced the return dates for a few of its shows. White Collar returns January 18, and Royal Pains returns January 20. New series Fairly Legal, a legal drama starring Sarah Shahi (meow!), will be paired with Royal Pains. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Pretty Little Liars has added to its cast, bringing on Tyler Blackburn (Days of Our Lives) as a "bad boy" and Alona Tal (Supernatural's Jo—also meow!) as a problem for one of the girls. When are they going to add the character who is well-mannered, generous, and a real problem solver? [MTV]

... Finally, stunt casting that makes sense. Modern Family is booking super villain Danny Trejo (Machete—triple meow!) to play the menacing janitor at Luke's school. Claire (Julie Bowen) will tangle with him with unexpected results. [TV Guide]

... Syfy has given Haven a second-season pickup. [Syfy via press release]

... You Americans love your football! So far this season, more people have tuned into NFL games than ever before, with an average of 18.9 million viewers per game. Now if the New York Jets cover their four-point spread this Monday over the dismal Minnesota Vikings, Daddy's gonna be a rich man! [LA Times]


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New Sons of Anarchy Fan Site Launched over the weekend called FXSOA.com, Help support the show and join the community. I think their forums are a bit bare right now, but its a new site so go figure...
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I love "Sons of Anarchy!" Great show. It sure holds the viewers interest.
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Glad that it was renewed
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I'm actually not feeling SOA this season. It's definitely not better or more consistent than Season 2. But I'll still watch it to the end, so I'm glad there's another season.
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Bowling?? Why would anyone want to watch celebrities bowl??
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SOA and Haven renewed, best news ever. Yes....and they both deserve it
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The original "Celebrity Bownling" from the 1970s currently airs Mondays at 10 PM on ESPN Classic (two back-to-back episodes). I'm curious about an update, as the original can be pretty good at times.
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Gotta agree. Sons of Anarchy is the most awesome bad guy/good guy show since Sopranos.
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Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad had AWESOME first season, and they just keep getting better and better. I hope this two shows will go on for a looooong time.
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Yay Haven was picked up for another season, another unique series I look forward to exploring!!!
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Sons of Anarchy is the most compelling drama on tv. Kathy Segal was robbed by not being nominated!!!!
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ConFu#$%!@gratulations Kurt Sutter!
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Breaking Bad - a weak first season? I think someone's spent too long in Fringe's other universe!
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Pretty Liars, besides have Spencer, really does suck!
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Damn right the season 4 renewal is deserved - Well done to Kurt, Charlie, Ron and the rest pf the guys over there, If only FX could spread their renewing bug to other networks **Cough**ABC**Cough**
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Sons of Anarchy - probably the best show on tv.
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logossun, none of those shows you listed had weak first seasons. Anyway, SoA is great even if the voters on TV.com trash it.
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Yay! Sons of Anarchy is the best. Thank you FX!
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Looking forward to White Collar's return!!!!!! :)
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Sons of Anarchy, like Fringe and like Breaking Bad were all shows who had (relatively) weak first seasons but then gathered some apparently well deserved steam. Way to go!
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