Haley Joel Osment should stay
September 26, 2012 8:00 PM   Subscribe

A controversial replacement cast has been selected for one of FX's long running comedy hits. Has the Sun Finally Set in Philadelphia?
posted by codacorolla (42 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
I am pretty sure the Sunny cast was trolling the Internet today. Well played, dear lady and sirs.
posted by msali at 8:06 PM on September 26, 2012


Liev Schreiber with the Hard Knocks VO is a nice touch.
posted by nathancaswell at 8:07 PM on September 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


this is amazing.
posted by boo_radley at 8:07 PM on September 26, 2012


FX has been airing previews for the new season where the cast makes a tv show about their lives... this would be the show within a show... metafilter got meta'd
posted by matimer at 8:09 PM on September 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wait. Didn't Seinfeld already do that exact same gag?
posted by schmod at 8:16 PM on September 26, 2012


Not about the video in the OP, but every time I've tried to watch this show it seemed...like...aggressively disdainful towards everything and everyone including its own characters. And I'm someone who thought the cast of freaking Seinfeld was likable.
posted by threeants at 8:17 PM on September 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


Haley Joel Osment's face/head ratio is WAY OFF.
posted by Bookhouse at 8:18 PM on September 26, 2012 [17 favorites]


Haley Joel Osmet looks just like Mac.
posted by dave78981 at 8:18 PM on September 26, 2012 [7 favorites]


I always think of that show as one of those shows that's so off the radar that it hasn't been cancelled simply because people forget it's still on the air.
posted by xingcat at 8:19 PM on September 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


Oh, whoa. It's been a while since we've heard from Haley Joel Osment.

Let's just say he hasn't aged as well as Jonathan Lipnicki (the kid from Stuart Little).

This is a party trick I use to make people feel really old.
posted by schmod at 8:21 PM on September 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


The all-blonde billboard I saw for Always Sunny the other day FREAKED ME OUT.
posted by infinitewindow at 8:22 PM on September 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


I know Candace Cameron Bure has a ministry and stuff but come on, she's gotta be 1000x cooler than Kirk if she did this. I don't know I always secretly feel like she should not be like jerk-Kirk.

Also, Haley Joel Osment looks like that tiny face meme in real life.
posted by sweetkid at 8:28 PM on September 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


I'm always conflicted when I catch this show, because it's billed as a "comedy," and yet "comedy" as a genre tends to be things that are funny, which make people laugh. So there's some cognitive dissonance going on there.
posted by jbickers at 8:29 PM on September 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


Haley Joel Osment turned out to be a good looking man. I'd watch him in anything!
posted by Malice at 8:31 PM on September 26, 2012


(Not to mention IMHO he is a brilliant actor.)
posted by Malice at 8:31 PM on September 26, 2012


Reminds me of this old story.
posted by dumbland at 8:33 PM on September 26, 2012 [1 favorite]


It is disdainful on purpose. It's like a Myers-Briggs test for disdain.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 8:40 PM on September 26, 2012 [8 favorites]


I loved this show but had to stop watching it because I could feel it actively making a worse person.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 8:46 PM on September 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


every time I've tried to watch this show it seemed...like...aggressively disdainful towards everything and everyone including its own characters

I love this show and it makes me laugh, because everything and everyone deserves disdain.
posted by swift at 8:49 PM on September 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


every time I've tried to watch this show it seemed...like...aggressively disdainful towards everything and everyone including its own characters.

The redemption lies in the characters' earnestness. They're people who get an idea in their heads -- to become professional wrestlers, to open a sweatshop, to eat spaghetti and meatballs at a spa -- and then they actually do it. There's no one telling them that the plan is stupid. And that's why even when they're at their worst, you're still kind of on their side.
posted by roll truck roll at 9:01 PM on September 26, 2012 [14 favorites]


Great promo. Hoping that this season is a bit more consistent than the last two.

The redemption lies in the characters' earnestness. They're people who get an idea in their heads -- to become professional wrestlers, to open a sweatshop, to eat spaghetti and meatballs at a spa -- and then they actually do it. There's no one telling them that the plan is stupid. And that's why even when they're at their worst, you're still kind of on their side.

This is absolutely correct. They're monsters, but they're lovable monsters.
posted by HostBryan at 9:13 PM on September 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


Ghostride The Whip: "I loved this show but had to stop watching it because I could feel it actively making a worse person."

I will laugh until I grey out when I watch this show. My wife just purses her lips slightly. I dunno.
posted by boo_radley at 9:29 PM on September 26, 2012


This is absolutely correct. They're monsters, but they're lovable monsters.

I think that the show mocks the audience to some extent just for watching, too. There have been a few times in the series -- the particular episode I'm thinking about is around the end of season 4 or 5, I think -- when there's a character external to the gang, and the POV will shift for a second from that of the gang to this external space, and instead of being fun wacky "monsters", they're just a bunch of sick, pathetic, alcoholic assholes. Like us.
posted by junco at 9:31 PM on September 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


I have had ex-gfs disapprove of the Sunshine. They are now exes and I have learned that I have to be selective about about my friends and relationships. One has to have standards, you know.
posted by insert.witticism.here at 9:47 PM on September 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


PS I would literally buy a playable version of Chardee MacDennis: The Game of Games.
posted by dhens at 9:47 PM on September 26, 2012 [4 favorites]


Haley Osment appears to be on the Bradley Whitford / Matthew Perry diet plan. This is one of those shows that I've heard of, but never seen any evidence of. I'm not sure if it even airs in Canada.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 9:54 PM on September 26, 2012


THIS is why Rob McElhenny is a genius! Well played, sir, well played!
posted by newfers at 9:56 PM on September 26, 2012


Let's just say he hasn't aged as well as Jonathan Lipnicki (the kid from Stuart Little).

Not really sure who says this. Jonathan Lipnicki is the kid from Jerry Maguire. Why pick a lesser known movie to identify him?
posted by dogwalker at 10:03 PM on September 26, 2012


Haley Joel Osmet looks like Little Face Mitt.
posted by cmoj at 11:25 PM on September 26, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm not sure if it even airs in Canada.

It's on basic cable (Showcase).
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 11:37 PM on September 26, 2012


I once participated in the "Sunny SuperFan" video contest. I made it into the top 20 videos, which then turned into a popular vote for the top 5 positions. Except I gamed it. I had a legion of friends on a message board creating literally hundreds of puppet accounts, each voting dozens of times. I shot up through the rankings until I was at least an order of magnitude higher than anyone else.

People accused me of gaming the system, of having people create fake accounts. I simply stated that I was adhering to the spirit of the contest if nothing else: for what better way to profess my superfandom than to play the part of a horrible human being willing to destroy others for their own gain?

I didn't win the final contest. They put some other "superfan" who shotgunned a pint glass of apple juice and blabbered about drinking on a billboard with the cast and I stopped watching the show.
posted by disillusioned at 11:57 PM on September 26, 2012 [3 favorites]


Haley Joel Osment looks like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

Also, isn't he a small child. I am old.
posted by deathpanels at 12:18 AM on September 27, 2012


My attitude for people like Haley Joel Osment is the kid got to have zero childhood, let him grow up and live however he wants without being judged as a movie star type. Seems to be pretty adjusted. Bravo.
posted by jscott at 2:59 AM on September 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


No Rickety Crickets in the promo? Opportunity wasted.
posted by emelenjr at 4:17 AM on September 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


Is this where I can talk about how FX has just the worst, most aggressively terrible online streaming policy ever? For years, they jerked me around on Hulu. One episode at a time eight days after air! 3 episodes at a time eight months after air! ...Clips!

Seriously? This isn't Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones we're talking about. I just want 22 minutes of Sterling Archer and/or Charlie Kelly being terrible and terribly funny. And you can't even give it to me on Netflix?!
posted by that's how you get ants at 5:47 AM on September 27, 2012


Haley Joel Osment NAILS it.
posted by 23skidoo at 7:16 AM on September 27, 2012 [3 favorites]


I didn't win the final contest. They put some other "superfan" who shotgunned a pint glass of apple juice and blabbered about drinking on a billboard with the cast and I stopped watching the show.
posted by disillusioned at 2:57 AM on September 27 [+] [!]


Eponysterical.
posted by pickinganameismuchharderthanihadanticipated at 8:14 AM on September 27, 2012 [1 favorite]


I want to like the show, but I can't stand how they all "YELL ALL THE TIME ABOUT EVERYTHING - EVEN IF YELLING DOESN'T MAKE IT FUNNIER!!"
posted by mr.curmudgeon at 8:28 AM on September 27, 2012


Workaholics is my new Always Sunny but I'm still glad I have both.
posted by girlmightlive at 2:23 PM on September 27, 2012


Similar to how Sunny in Philly is Seinfeld + Beer, Workaholics is Sunny+Weed

I do enjoy how Seinfeld, Sunny in Philly, and Workaholics had different substances to bond over... coffee,beer,weed
posted by matimer at 2:43 PM on September 27, 2012


I really liked the first season of Sunny which was wacky-bleak but smart but it became more and more uneven and dependent on gross-out humor in later seasons. I still like it occasionally.

I wish that FX had picked Starved over Sunny though - those two shows were launched as experimental sitcoms on FX at the same time. Apparently Starved was too controversial and gross for America - this was before Sunny became increasingly wackily gross and "controversial" in a dumb way - but Starved, a show revolving around eating disorders, was both funny while having an important mission in supporting understanding of people with eating disorders (the creator has/had one). Starved's final sequence made me cry. Starved's comedy was smart perverse gross-out humor in a good cause, whereas Sunny is morally empty.

Episodes of Starved can still be found on Youtube
posted by Bwithh at 3:22 PM on September 27, 2012


Haley Joel Osment looks exactly like Mac, and his read of the "just to get a base" line is dead on. They should seriously consider subbing just him in for a whole episode.
posted by SpiffyRob at 8:22 AM on September 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


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