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Sons of Anarchy: Season Five Renewal for FX Series

Sons of Anarchy season fiveFX has no plans to shut down Sons of Anarchy, the most successful drama series in the station’s history. The cable channel has just renewed the critically-acclaimed and high-rated TV show for a fifth season of 13 episodes.

There’s still seven installments left in Sons of Anarchy’s fourth season and they won’t finish running until Tuesday, November 29th.

Here’s the press release from FX:

NOBODY MESSES WITH SAMCRO

FX Orders Fifth Season of Its Acclaimed Hit Drama “Sons of Anarchy”

Series is Basic Cable’s #1 Scripted Drama Series Among Adults 18-49 and FX’s Highest-Rated Series Ever

7 All New Episodes Remain This Season Airing Tuesdays at 10 PM ET/PT With Season Four Finale Airing November 29

LOS ANGELES, October 17, 2011 – FX has ordered a 13 episode fifth season of its critically acclaimed hit drama Sons of Anarchy, from Fox 21 and FX Productions, announced John Landgraf, President and General Manager, FX Networks.

Starring Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Golden Globe(R) Award winner Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy is having its best season yet from a ratings standpoint. It’s currently the #1 scripted drama series in all of basic cable, and is the highest-rated series ever on FX. On a first-run basis, season four is averaging 5.8 million Total Viewers and 3.9 million Adults 18-49, increases of +30% and +26%, respectively, vs. season three. On a multi-telecast weekly basis, season four is averaging 9 million Total Viewers and 6 million Adults 18-49.

The series has shown remarkable consistency week-to-week. The premiere episode of season four (9/6/11) was the most-watched program in FX history, with 6.5 million Total Viewers. Last week’s episode (episode 6, 10/11/11) was the highest-rated episode in the past four weeks (Live + Same Day).

“Everyone at FX is very grateful to Kurt Sutter, his many writing, directing and producing collaborators and his masterful cast for making such a compelling and beautifully crafted show,” said Landgraf. “It is no small challenge to bring the themes of a great, ancient play like Hamlet into a wholly original television setting and to tell this complex story in a way that is both riveting and accessible to a broad audience. The fans know how beautifully SOA meets this challenge, and we thank them for their loyal and passionate viewership.”

Seven all-new episodes remain in SOA’s current fourth season airing Tuesdays at 10pm ET/PT. In the next episode of Sons of Anarchy (“Fruit for the Crows,” October 18, 10PM ET/PT), SAMCRO deals with the fallout from a death threat made against Tara.

Sons of Anarchy was created by Kurt Sutter who also serves as Executive Producer along with John Linson, Art Linson and Paris Barclay. The series is produced by FX Productions and Fox 21. Fox 21 is Twentieth Century Fox Television’s alternative production arm devoted to producing high quality programming on a lower cost basis.

FX is the flagship general entertainment basic cable network from Fox. Launched in June of 1994, FX is carried in more than 98 million homes. The diverse schedule includes a growing roster of distinctive original series and films, an established film library with box-office hit movies from 20th Century Fox and other major studios that run in prime time and an impressive lineup of acquired hit series.

What do you think? Are you glad to hear that Sons of Anarchy has been renewed for a fifth season? How long do you think the show could realistically continue?

 

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flyerfn October 19, 2011 at 6:23 pm

the best show runninng keep it going………….

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Josie October 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm

In a tv world filled with basically garbage shows (reality tv…seriously, do we really need to see what the Girls Next Door or the Kardashians are doing? or Bridezillas? Or staff tension at a hollywood bar/restaurant?), I was losing hope in writers for coming up with all that crap…for networks for puting it on TV…and then Sons came along. Wow, amazing cast, amazing writer, amazing!!!!!! Thank you so much for the one hour of tv worth watching!

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john w black jr October 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm

this is the best show thats been on tv in a long time keep it going nobody can come out with anything better than the sons

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kron October 19, 2011 at 4:00 pm

best program ever long may it run

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Jan Medley October 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I love this show-I cannot wait for it each week-great actors ! lets us keep it alive!

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Leo October 19, 2011 at 3:46 pm

HAPPY? No ! over-joyed This is by far THE BEST Tv Series in TV History!

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lisa October 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I think that is totally great. It gives me a glimpse of what my life could be like. My boyfriend is a biker for 30 years. He has also rode with some clubs like that.

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Donna October 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm

SOA is my favorite show and I hope it airs forever . Every week I can’t to seee what going to happen next . And it don’t hurt that Jax is so hot and Jemma is such astrong female.

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cyndee October 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm

GREAT SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!! my family and I look forward to Tuesday to watch, we record on DVR so that we can watch again incase we miss anything, then have family discussions on what happened. LOVE THIS SHOW, HOPE THAT IT CONTINUES FOR MANY MANY MORE SEASONS

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Kevin October 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Best damn show on TV right along with Spartacus hope the both stay on forever

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mkm October 19, 2011 at 2:49 pm

i love this show!!!hope it goes on forever and ever and ever…

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Chief October 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

GREAT news! The show could go on for another 4 or 5 years with fresh story lines. Great writing and acting. Just wish they would have reruns of the eppisodes during the following week and that the season DVD would come out about 4 months before the beginning of the next season. Keep up the good work!

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Laurie October 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

SOA is one of the best shows in along time. I hope that it continues for years to come ;) The cast, script and suspence from week to week through all 4 seasons so far, is totally amazing. Keep it going ;)

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Jan Thomsen October 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm

It’s got a long run, I love this show.

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Elyse DeLuise October 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Love this show-Retro Hells Angels from NY. Remember the day. Great actors and actresses playing fantastic roles. Great job!

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