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'Sunny' Panelists Sing, Talk Syndication

April 12, 2009 7:33 AM

Paley Fest 2009’s “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” panel made for a raunchy Good Friday as the cast talked all about the controversial show, including its musical sensibilities, “Sunny” in syndication and Danny DeVito’s new claim to fame: pooping the bed.

Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia Panel at Paley Fest 2009

Mr. DeVito, along with cast members Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney, discussed the show’s appeal, which has been compared to “Seinfeld,” if Jerry and the gang worked the street for three weeks.

Mr. DeVito, who joined the cast in season two, said people used to shout at him on the street the names of his past characters, including Louie De Palma from “Taxi” and Vincent Benedict from “Twins.”

Now, he said, people refer to a recent episode of “Sunny” where he was found as the culprit of the gripping mystery of who defecated in the bed.

“People shout, ‘turd in the bed,’ ‘turd in the bed,’” he said.

Fans were able to coerce the cast into impromptu performances of “Dayman” and “Nightman.” “Sunny’s” fourth-season finale is being put on live at a sold-out Troubadour in West Hollywood this Friday.

At an after-event reception, the Daily Blink tracked down Mr. Howerton, also one of the show’s executive producers, about “Sunny’s” syndication possibilities. Renewed for an additional three seasons, “Sunny” will be able to bank enough episodes for broadcast syndication.

Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Mr. Howerton said he’s all for it, but was concerned about what editing was needed in order to make the show broadcast-ready.

He said he doesn’t want to go back to the editing room to tweak something he’s already made perfect in order to make it, in his mind, “worse.”

Mr. Howerton compared whittling down “Sunny” to “Die Hard’s” iconic line being edited for television to, “Yippie-ki-yay, Mister Falcon.”

“Sunny’s” fifth season starts shooting in May, and new episodes will be back on FX in September.

—Andrew Krukowski

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