Keck’s Exclusives: Sons of Anarchy Season 5 First Look
When FX’s Sons of Anarchy returns for Season 5 in September, expect friction like never before between Gemma (Katey Sagal) and her son’s fiancée, Tara (Maggie Siff), over issues like child rearing. Creator Kurt Sutter hints that things could eventually turn physical between the dueling dames, who’ll turn to substances to calm down.
“Gemma loves Tara but might just be a little threatened by her now that she’s suddenly been displaced as queen of the club,” teases Sagal. “Gemma – who’ll be getting her drink on – doesn’t like to take s— from anybody!” Look for Gemma to rough up some unlucky sap early in the season. As for Tara, Siff says her character “will be getting a little more messed- up in the head and volatile. You will also see her smoking pot to take the edge off.” Perhaps it’s time to rename this series The Real Housewives of Charming, California.
‘Sons of Anarchy’ Season 5 Adds Ashley Tisdale
Ashley Tisdale is ready to get down and dirty with the bad boys of FX’s Sons of Anarchy Season 5. Tisdale has been cast for a multi-episode story arc in the upcoming fifth season as Emma Jean, who has been described as “a high-priced desirable escort” who complicates life for the already strained club.
The racy new role marks the twenty-six-year-old’s transition to a more “mature” actress, having been known primarily for her portrayals of glitzy drama queen, Sharpay Evans, in Disney’s High School Musical franchise and the candy-counter girl on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. Tisdale’s most recent TV role was on the CW’s short-lived cheerleading dramedy Hellcats.
The High School Musical star will join previously announced guest stars Jimmy Smits (as gang member Neron ‘Nero’ Padilla), real life biker-turned-actor Chuck Zito, and former Lost star Harold Perrineau (as Damon Pope, an ex-drug kingpin who has his sights set on SOA and its new president).
Guest Stars Sons of Anarchy Season Five New season 5 cast: Jimmy Smits, Chuck Zito and Harold Perrineau
The casting of Tisdale may come off as a weird and completely unexpected choice, but this is hardly the first time the series has made somewhat unusual casting choices that turned out to pay off in the end (David Hasselhoff and Tom Arnold both appeared in previous seasons). Zito’s upcoming appearance follows a (failed) lawsuit against FX in 2010, which led to a disagreement between Sons of Anarchy Season 5 creator Kurt Sutter and Zito. The two have since resolved their disagreement.
Whether or not you’re in the age group to fully appreciate the talents of Ashley Tisdale, she’s actually a fairly versatile actress who will probably pull off a sexy escort rather convincingly. Following in the footsteps of Zac Efron, her new edgy role is a step toward becoming better known by a more mature audience for something other than teenybopper projects. As a fan of Sons of Anarchy Season 5, I trust the producers’ casting decisions, so I’ll give Tisdale a shot and wish her luck.
Season five of Sons of Anarchy Season 5 premieres on FX this September.
‘Sons of Anarchy’ EP Says 7th Season Will Be the Last
FX Signs ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Creator For Seasons 6 & 7
Even though FX renewed Sons of Anarchy for season 5 in October 2011, they had yet to officially sign series creator Kurt Sutter for the upcoming season. Fortunately, not only has FX signed Sutter for a fifth season, but they also have him locked in for season 6 and 7 – if the network chooses to continue the series.
Announcing his new deal for Sons of Anarchy on Twitter, Sutter made sure to include a quip about how much easier it is to deal with FX than AMC: “closed my deal for 3 more years on SOA. no headlines, no pushed schedule, no stealing from paul. thank you FX and 20th for your generosity.”
Sutter’s remarks about “no headlines, no pushed schedule, no stealing…” refers to Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s complicated negotiations with AMC – negotiations that reportedly put the future of Breaking Bad in question, as well as led to budget cuts for The Walking Dead. It’s been reported that one of the main reasons why Frank Darabont was fired from The Walking Dead was because he was continuously fighting with the network over their reduced budget for season 2.
Continuing, Sutter made sure to clarify that his previous Tweet was in regards to himself, not Sons of Anarchy the series. Additionally, Sutter also hinted at the possibility of the series continuing beyond season 7:
the 3 year deal is for season 5, and then if we get picked up, for 6 &7. if there is more story to tell beyond that, then we’ll decide then.
While Sons of Anarchy season 7 would see the series through 2014 – and perhaps beyond – the real piece of information to take from Sutter’s tweet is the fact that he’ll have to decide whether or not he has more stories to tell at that time.
What this means – beyond allowing Sutter to possibly continue the series – is that Sutter currently has a general story-arc for Sons of Anarchy seasons 6 and 7 already planned – on top of the upcoming season 5, which is set to air September 2012.
Continuously referencing (as well as mirroring) elements from William Shakespeare’s famed tragedy “Hamlet”, Sons of Anarchy has always focused on Jax’s (Charlie Hunnam) relationship with his stepfather Clay (Ron Pearlman) – but it wasn’t until the Sons of Anarchy season 4 finale that their relationship reached its tipping point.
Kim Coates Mark Boone Junior William Lucking Charlie Hunnam Theo Rossi Kurt Sutter Ryan Hurst Tommy Flanagan Sons of Anarchy FX
After Jax ousted Clay as the head of the SAMCRO, all eyes are on Sons of Anarchy season 5 as the battle between step-father and step-son begins to take shape. And what, if anything, does Gemma (Katey Sagal) have to do with it?
With Sutter having enough stories to tell to fill seasons 6 and 7, audiences won’t have to worry about the sometimes hit-or-miss execution of series such a Dexter – which largely doesn’t have subsequent seasons planned in advanced.
Barring any surprise appearances of Julia Stiles in Charming, fans of the series should be thoroughly excited to see what Sutter has planned for television’s favorite motorcycle club.
Sons of Anarchy season 5 will premiere September 2012
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