Sons Of Anarchy Fever

July 6, 2016

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Sons Of Anarchy Fever

Don’t hold your breath while you’re waiting for Kurt Sutter’s new television drama about motorcycle outlaws.  A new Sutter show about bikers remains as insubstantial as hot air. Not that Sutter isn’t trying.

On June 28, Sutter told his 557,000 Twitter followers, “The return is near. #Mayans MC.” Mayans MC, which viewers are supposed to interpret as inside look at the Mongols Motorcycle Club, went into development about six weeks ago. Sutter’s tweet was really code for “Don’t stop thinking about a sequel.”

Five-hundred-fifty-seven thousand twitters followers is a big number. So is 9.25 million, which was the number of people who watched the final episode of Sons of Anarchy. That’s a big audience so nobody wants to lose it even if the television suits don’t have sequel to show you.


That sequel isn’t going to premiere in SOA’s old Tuesday at ten timeslot this fall anyway, which makes the recent hype strange. FX is running a Danny Glover comedy series called Atlanta this fall at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays. Atlanta, “about two cousins in the Atlanta rap scene,” probably won’t attract the same audience Mayans MC will attract. FX bought 10 episodes of the Danny Glover show which went into development about six months ahead of Mayans MC. Sons of Anarchy with its “mature content” was a ten o’clock show. FX has already filled that time slot for every night this fall. And all that suggests that the earliest the new Sutter biker show might premiere is next Spring.

Sutter’s tweet, which created a storm of enthusiasm on the internet, included a photo of the actor Emilio Rivera, who played the Mayans president on Sons of Anarchy. So it looks like Rivera will reprise his role if FX decides to do another biker show.

But that’s a big “looks like” and a big “if.” Hollywood is a cruel town – in a bloodless way. Lightening doesn’t usually strike twice. For all the babble about Sons of Anarchy’s authenticity, it became a hit because Charlie Hunnam is a dreamboat and SOA was a chick show. Rivera may not have the same appeal Hunnam did.

No Hunnam

The network told The Hollywood Reporter in May that “Mayans MC will be a dark, visceral family drama that takes a new look at the most American of icons, the 1% outlaw, this time reflected through a Latino lens” and that the show will be “in the spirit of Sons of Anarchy.”

Sutter told the trade paper the new show’s “tone, pace, storytelling will be unique.” That seems to be code for Charlie Hunnam won’t be coming back. Instead Hunnam’s character, Jax Teller, will be featured in a collection of comic books being billed as “Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter’s first original comic book series.” The magazines will actually be written by a guy named Ollie Masters.

If FX does decide to buy episodes of Mayans MC the creative force behind the show will be filmmaker, musician and bag of beans Elgin James. “I wanted to find a strong, unique Latino voice. Because I didn’t think a white guy from Jersey should be writing about Latin culture and traditions,” Sutter said last month. “Elgin is that voice.”

That sounds like code for “I’m so done with this thing but yes, I would like it if you gave me some more of your money.”


31 Responses to “Sons Of Anarchy Fever”

  1. EclecticAK Says:

    The only TV “biker” show I ever saw worth a shit was “Then Came Bronson”. That one seen as a teenager warped me for life….. had four ironhead Sportsters (’73 XLH, two ’75 XLCHs, ’76 XLH) and a 9 foot long ’62 Panhead. Now 62 years old with a ’69 FLH Custom and a ’55 Pan/Shovel chop……

  2. dude Says:

    Why does anyone care? The show produced about 1 + 1/2 good seasons before it became a snoozefest.

    Kind of a pity actually. It had some promise to be a great show about brotherhood and good times, but fell flst because of all the chick-drama and because of Sutters fetish for all things bizarre,hyperviolent, and disturbing.

  3. harley4414 Says:

    Although not realistic, compared to other TV programming it was o.k.

  4. Phuquehed Says:

    @Ken the Citizen – The only clown I remember being addicted to at any time, was Bozo…and I was 5 or 6. Goes to show that if that’s what grownups are addicted to nowadays, no wonder the planet is so fucked up and no wonder the kind of fucktarded shit-stains are in the senate, congress and are AG’s of *any* kind, heh.

  5. Ken the Citizen Says:

    People get addicted to soap operas. Watching clowns can be amusing. Sounds like a money maker.

    That was a funny comment popeye I laughed out loud at that visual.

    Respect to those who deserve it


  6. Sandmann Says:

    I’m working in the TV/media business myself, and after reading this article, talked to a former colleague who is in a position at Fox where she should definitely know about upcoming TV series launches. She confirmed that at least for the next 6-9 months (which is more or less the time window Rebel described) nothing like the abovementioned sequel to SoA is scheduled for launch.

    As one of the other contributors to this site has already stated: the Mayan bikes were definitely the better-looking ones…

    Respect to the deserving,

  7. Tooj Says:

    Chicks. Go figure.

  8. WheresMyBoots Says:


    Respects, Ride Free,

  9. Shovelhead Says:

    Main street Women still love Outlaws…as long as they look like the character Jax. No women are knocking down my fucking door!!

  10. Wino Enzed Says:

    I was in getting some real old MotorCycle Posters framed this week.
    The kind you have had rolled up in a corner for 30-40 years. They went through an indifferent stage at one time but now they look dam cool.

    So there I was talking to the owner of the framing shop, a good looking middle aged woman who I happen to know is quite wealthy.
    After some inane chatter I was leaving the premises and she says to me,
    “I watched all the episodes of SOA ” this woman could not be any straighter.
    I looked her straight in her beautiful straight blues eyes and said. You just watched it because of Jax, she touched my arm as I left the shop and said “yes”.
    I dam near got a chubby on !!
    What I am saying is we might know and think it is Shiite.But the people that watch it come from all sorts of social stratas………….weird

  11. Austin Says:

    Orale Vatos! Vamanos!!

  12. Grimey Says:

    can we just get a show aboutan MC that isnt all bullshit and hollywood fluff? Oh and you can leave out all of the ass shots too.

  13. BMW Says:

    Damm that autocorrect! That was Spanglish, not Spangled! Sorry

  14. BMW Says:

    @Meh called it like I see it as well. Remember all the white kids trying to look and dance like Michael Jackson? If this idea catches on, instead of dumbass white teens trying to do rap, we’ll have dumbass white teens walking around, mispronounced Spangled, and imitation Latino biker jackets. I have to wonder how the Mexican Mafia will take it when the dumbass kids are coming up and saying “What’s up Esay? I am sure that the Urine Odor will quickly be forming a group of fake Latino fake bikers within a week. LMAO! This is the funniest thing I have heard since Hillary claimed to be” trustworthy”!

  15. Bone Head Says:

    Just what we needed.

    (…insert heartfelt groan here..)

  16. rollinnorth Says:

    Walter White would’ve destroyed Jax Teller.


  17. jonny sumo Says:

    So….I am bracing myself for the ‘love’ I’m gonna be feeling…I really enjoyed SoA. I do understand that its not a documentary, as I believe The Sopranos wasn’t particularly indicative of the true actions of an Italian businessman, but everything is massively over dramatized for entertainment value.

    Jax tellers personal body count?….I suspect he killed more than a platoon of soldiers in a firefight, certainly more than could be explained away…..his strategic planning to outwit, in no particular order, the IRA, a Mexican drug cartel, a huge organized crime syndicate, the ATF (who obviously just accepted that 2 of their number deserved what happened to them, every other bike club in the area and beyond, a neo Nazi group..etc

    My suggestion to mr Sutter would be to write a drama about a law enforcement MC who travel round causing issues, then hide behind their employment and totally disregard the values and beliefs of the MC world…nah, that’s too far fetched…perhaps a cop drama where police officers pin down suspects and shoot them or shoot them in their cars…nah, no-one would believe that…..
    Peace, love & respect, J

  18. Nags Says:

    Elgin James is a gigantic tool.

  19. NCRider Says:

    I can proudly say that I have never watched one episode of SOA. To me it would be too much like reading a Falco or Queen book. Just a bunch of egotistical drama and made for tv lies.



  20. IronRider Says:

    I get what the T.V. execs would be all amped up to have a SOA like show back on FX, SOA did very well for them in the ratings and it was very profitable when selling ad spots and of course the cash made of merchandise got spread around.

    Sutter did very well for himself with SOA, the series was profitable and Sutter anf Fox will do well with syndication of SOA. With that said you can bet that FOX was anxious for a show with an MC theme to put back on FX in hope that it does as well as SOA did profit wise.

    It shouldn’t be surprise that Fox would go back to Sutter and say” Hey we loved how much the audiences and our advertisers loved SOA, we’d like you to develop another MC themed show for FX.

    I honestly can’t blame Sutter, I am sure FOX is ready to back the Brinks truck up to Sutter’s door to convince him to develop another SOA type show and the Mayans is obviously a fit for that genre that FOX was looking for in hope that FOX hopes will make bank for them like SOA did.

    Most MC members and those connected to them realize when seeing SOA that there is great liberty being taken with how the actors play MC members and the MC life as presented on tv and know there is more fiction them reality being played out for the tv audience and it is why they find it amusing how the general public believes this is how it is with real MC’s.

    Honestly TV shows and their so called creators have been spewing out garbage for a while now. Look at whats become of the shows that air on tv for the last 15 or 20 years now, there is barely anything worth watching. I am not even going to bring up the reality shows that are no where near reality and are so scripted it isn’t even funny … and of course those so called reality stars who know one could give a shit about.

    For your average joe and jane who come home from work, watching shows like SOA and other shows are about as exciting as it gets in life for them. As for FOX with the money made from advertising, syndication and merchandising you can see why they would ask Sutter to develop a SOA typed theme show and of course why would Sutter not do it when he stands to make a truckload of money from it and probably even a bigger cut then he did with SOA.

  21. popeye Says:

    I guess that means circle jerk night is back on at the urine odor clubhouse?

  22. USNDragon Says:

    Of course “The Mayans” will be a stupid show, but just like SOA it will be so over the top that it’s hilarious. There will be tons of opportunity to quote some of the cheesy lines to each other. Here is a quick set of quotes from SOA we would say to each other after someone made a minor mistake or said something stupid. We would “fake” mark him for death.

    Example: A Bro would simply stumble over something or slosh a little Beer out of his Glass and the following short quotes from SOA would spill forth.

    Clay- Two in the back of the Head quick and painless
    Jax – It isn’t easy being King
    Clay- Yeah, you just remember that.

    Guess you had to be there, but it was pretty funny when it came out of the blue from Bros that were saying it straight faced.

    So really I don’t really give a fuck how “The Mayans” portrays Biker Culture. It just doesn’t matter. Ignorant Citizens are always gonna have their uneducated Bullshit views about Bikers. If a TV Show like SOA or The Mayans help stoke their bullshit it ain’t nothing but a Chicken Bone to me anyway. Fuck em.

  23. Chief Says:

    Yeah….I’m gonna plant this in my garden of fucks and see if I can grow one.


  24. TX_Biker Says:

    I wonder if Kurt will find a role for his wife in this one…..what a joke

  25. Jackie Treehorn Says:


  26. panamaa Says:

    I’m sure I have other plans the night it’s on…

    Regards to all…

  27. Paladin Says:

    “The network told The Hollywood Reporter in May that “Mayans MC will be a dark, visceral family drama that takes a new look at the most American of icons, the 1% outlaw, this time reflected through a Latino lens” and that the show will be “in the spirit of Sons of Anarchy.” The foregoing sounds like code for “they’ll be eating burritos instead of hamburgers.”

    I’d rather be trapped in a phone booth with Hillary Clinton than have to be subjected to anymore of this ridiculous bullshit, either visually or in print.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  28. don waldron Says:

    build the wall and the new jersey guy will stay out…

  29. Meh Says:

    It’s only fair Beaners should have some pulp fiction to identify with, but it will be fucking hilarious if pasty bitch-ass crackers start imitating Latino fauxbiker memes.

    It won’t retain SOAs trailer trash fanbase unless they go over the top to provide shlick fodder.

  30. Dragon Says:

    The Mayans had the better looking bikes, but it all boils down to “Who gives fuck”?

  31. T Hell Says:

    Fuck em, live your life, my world is small stay out of it you’ll be okay.


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