S4E4: This week on Sons of Anarchy boys have voted to run drugs for the Gallindo cartel, Clay and Jax want out, and they each want to put in their own choice as a successor. Gemma’s pissed that the club’s running drugs. Tara is still debating on whether or not to show Jax the letters that Maureen gave to him. There’s a lot of road to cover as the Sons get read ready for their first drug run, so as the song says “get your motor running…”
"How's the grip?"- SAMTAZ Member to Clay
A Spanish cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are–A Changin’” plays over the opening montage, which is a reminder of the show’s fantastic use of music as a mood setter (check out the Stigers’ cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” from the season two finale or the Irish–themed version of the show’s theme song from last season for some great musical cues). As the crew makes its first drug run, Clay needs a pit stop to have Jax help him with cortisone shot to help with the growing arthritis in his hands. Can’t ride, can’t run the club. Most shows might make this a big huge story arc, but on Sons, there’s way too much going on to waste time on a story about shaky hands, so instead it’s a character point and an ever looming one at that; it came to the forefront several times this episode.
The club meets up with their Arizona charter, who is revealed to be dealing their own crank. Knowing this won’t sit well at all with Romero Parada, Clay demands that the Tucson Sons shut down their operation. Unfortunately for SAMCRO, their Arizona brothers are a tad overzealous. “You mule, we sell,” said SAMTAZ president, Armando. Jax learns that SAMTAZ have been dealing for four months, which is right around the time one of their own is killed and another leaves the club. Side note: If there’s anyone out there who knows the real laws of outlaw biker gangs, please explain this to me: if Clay is the president for the entire club, why isn’t his word law? I guess it makes the show a little more dramatic if each charter does what it wants, but after last season’s betrayal by SAMBEL, I hope we’re not going to have another charter turn their backs on SAMCRO.
The club meet former SAMTAZ member Reggie, who was allowed to leave SAMTAZ in good standing, as evidenced by his ink being merely blacked out instead of burned or scraped off. After some coercion, Reggie explains why he was allowed to leave: he was sleeping with another member’s old lady. Of course, SAMTAZ V.P. Huff had used for leverage when he found out. That leverage was leaving the club scot-free with no retaliation, so long as Reggie didn’t tell the rest of SAMTAZ that he knew Huff had set up a cook house, in order to get SAMTAZ started in the drug selling racket.
"I want to know why best friend was afraid when he died."- Piney
Piney meets with Tara to discuss John Teller. He believes the club is heading down the wrong path with drugs and wants to read the letters that Maureen sent. His oxygen levels drop and Piney drops to the floor. Now kept under observation, Tara asks the elder biker about his departed friend and co–founder of the Sons, John Teller. Piney wants to know why his best friend was afraid when he died. Tara broke the news to Piney that John wanted the club out of the gun business and was supposed to meet with the club’s IRA allies, but was killed before that meeting ever took place. Gemma tries to subtlety threaten Piney that digging deeper will kill him, but the old, and possibly ready to die, Piney says “that’s half the reason I’m doing this.”
One great thing about having a fantastic ensemble cast is that there are so many characters to get to know and love, and there might be a core group of players on the show that probably won’t be dying anytime soon, it’s guys like Piney who seem to be “redshirts with a cause,” they might not be long for this world, but they’re going to take something or someone out with them on the way to meet their maker.
"I'll be up later this week to see how things are going." -Romero Parada
The big moment is here and the Sons are given their marching orders and supplies from Parada–over 700,000 dollars for their troubles and 30 kilos of uncut Colombian cocaine. The menacing cartel captain bids the club “Bueno Suerte.”
This season seems to be about the club’s moral struggle. While he does go along for the run, Bobby is one of club members who voted “no” on running drugs, and he does not sit idly by as the events of the episode ramp up. First, he reiterates his opinions when Armando tries to convince Clay that running and selling drugs are the same thing, then he tries it again but Clay angrily demands that he shut up. Our parting shot for the week is the MC’s resident Elvis-impersonator staring down his president and vice president as they load up the coke.
Considering the club teams up with their Arizona SAMTAZ brothers this week and are treated to a stark reminder of what happens to a club when it starts dealing drugs, it will be interesting to see how the resolve of SAMCRO will change in the coming weeks. Will Jax’s strong sense of morality creep back up to the surface or will he let his ego and desire to leave peacefully continue to guide his choices?
Sons, like so many great dramas, is well aware of how to ramp up crisis. As the season progresses, viewers might feel like they’re prepping for a test, because the dribs and drabs of details that were dropped these past few weeks will continue to fester. Consider, for example, Agent Potter casually introducing himself to Gemma under the guise of being a mere city worker as part of a larger attempt to wriggle his way closer to the club and their dealings.
The drugs are in SAMCRO’s possession and with that this season has jumped into second gear as the fracture within the ranks of the club continues. This is turning into a dark, introspective season. Will our anti–heroes be able to survive it?
The former child star-turned-producer created the show for executives at his old network after they asked him to come up with a live action comedy, but the show has failed to take off in America and now Fox chiefs are ready to cancel it.
A spokesman for the show tells WENN, "Fox bought Sons of Tucson in the hope of resurrecting the genre for the network and hoped to eventually build out a live action comedy block night. They looked to Justin and the Malcolm creative team to do just this.
"They bought the show to put on at 8.30pm and despite initial audience testing results reporting against it, the network top brass decided to put Sons of Tucson on much later at 9.30pm, which draws a much different, less family audience. How does a family show do during a non-family hour? Well... not good.
"The good news is the show has been critically acclaimed and has been hailed as the funniest comedy on Fox since Malcolm in the Middle and Arrested Development. So why does Fox get scared and pull a show before it has time to gain an audience?"
And Berfield, himself, has taken to his Twitter.com blog in a desperate attempt to save his show, writing, "The sons of tucson needs time to grow."
The actor/producer has even offered to donate half of his producer fee if Fox picks up a second season of the show, and stick with it to allow Sons of Tucson to build up a fanbase.
November 25, 2009 3:57am EST
For the first time in Fox's history, the network is projected to win the November sweeps -- and win big, says The Live Feed blog. Indeed, it could win the sweeps by the largest margin in five years. The network is up 20% from its November sweep period last year and is the only network to post a gain.
Along with the World Series, Fox's other sweep strengths include Sunday night's animated offerings, House's showing on Mondays and the new pairing of So You Think You Can Dance and Glee on Wednesdays.
TLF says Fox's strength this fall is due to its consistency. Although it usually lands in third or fourth place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it has no ratings craters.
Meanwhile, the network announced its midseason lineup on Tuesday, saying it will debut Human Target on Jan. 17 in one of four new additions.
The other new entries are Our Little Genius, Past Life and Sons of Tucson.
The new shows will mean that a handful of incumbents will take a hiatus, Variety reports. Among them, the most notable is Glee, which will go dark between Dec. 9 and April 13.
The net's midseason kicks off on Tuesday, Jan. 12 with the two-hour premiere of American Idol. Our Little Genius, from Mark Burnett and Zoo Prods., will follow. 24 returns on Jan. 17 for the first half of its two-night, four-hour season premiere.
In February, Fringe will take a hiatus, leaving room for Past Life.
Sons of Tucson will invade Fox's "Animation Domination" Sunday lineup on March 4 in the spot between The Simpsons and Family Guy.
Also returning to the net in January is Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, which will air Fridays at 9 p.m. starting Jan. 29.
Fox also said its one-hour special "The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3-D! On Ice!" will now air on Jan. 10 at 8:30 p.m., behind the 450th episode of The Simpsons.
February 17, 2009 2:20pm EST
Remember Halle Berry as Catwoman ... will she have the same impact as a cat burglar?
Berry is attached to star in Who Is Doris Payne, a fact-based film about an international jewel thief whose career spanned five decades. The script comes from Eunetta Boone. Project is being developed by J2 partners Justin Berfield and Jason Felts, reports Variety.
The J2 duo recently got their first pilot pickup when Fox greenlit Sons of Tucson, bringing Berfield back to Fox for the first time since he starred as Reese in Malcolm in the Middle.
J2 also just wrapped An Invisible Sign of My Own, with Jessica Alba as a math whiz who withdraws from life after a mystery illness debilitates her father.
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The police videotape shot during Diana Ross' Dec. 30 arrest will be released for public record, The Associated Press reports. A judge on Tuesday ordered the release of the tape, which shows Ross being arrested for driving under the influence in front of a video store in Tucson, Arizona. The tape, however, will not include audio. According to AP, the singer's attorney, Leon Silver, and city prosecutor Beverly Ginn agreed to the conditions of the release under the state's open records act that requires public records to be available, excluding private, confidential information. Ginn told AP the tape would be ready after editing by Friday at the earliest.
Seems Sabrina the Teenage Witch has put a spell on rocker Mark Wilkerson of the band Course of Nature. AP reports Melissa Joan Hart, 26, and Wilkerson, 25, got engaged the day after Christmas, but no date for the nuptials has been set. The couple met last year at one of the band's concerts.
More spells cast? Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Alyson Hannigan and Angel evildoer Alexis Denisof (who plays that show's Wesley Wyndham-Pryce) are also tying the proverbial knot. Denisof, 36, popped the question to Hannigan, 28, over the holidays. It's the first marriage for both.
On the opposite side of the marriage coin...Pamela Anderson and ex-husband Tommy Lee have ended their bitter custody battle over their two young sons, Anderson's lawyer, Suzanne Harris, told AP Tuesday. The couple signed an agreement and submitted it to the court. "(The filing) contains everything you could possibly think of about how to raise the children and where they will live," Harris said. Anderson now has the option of relocating the boys to Michigan, home state of her fiancé, Kid Rock.
Writer/producer Paul Monash, known for producing movie hits such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Carrie and writing TV fare such as Peyton Place and The Untouchables, died Tuesday in his Los Angeles home after a brief illness. He was 86.
Variety reports Heidi Fleiss, once known as the "Hollywood Madam," is turning her life story into a feature film for Paramount Pictures and as a potential vehicle for Nicole Kidman. Called Pay the Girl, Fleiss told Variety the story "should be like Pretty Woman, but with the visual energy and excess of Scarface." She added, "All of the madam movies have been like B-level porn or they've been boring. The world I was living in was not boring." Oh, we can't wait for this one.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Looks like the newest reality show being pitched to the major networks is one in which a regular guy is put through intensive training so he can get into the ring with ear-bitin', knockout-punchin' Mike Tyson. According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Stu Schreiberg is in negotiations with Tyson's representatives. Yikes.
The grass-roots organization Center for Rural Strategies launched a second set of ads against CBS' plans to do a reality show based around the '60s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. CRS president Dee Davis said in a statement, "We believe that Americans should get an honest portrayal of rural life and not just stereotypical characters." Fox News reports CBS appears to be backing away from the show, with no family selected or airdate set.
Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, Avril Lavigne and Pink are among the nominees for the UK's version of the Grammys, the Brit Awards. The awards will be handed out Feb. 20.
The wait is over for the millions of Harry Potter fans. Publishers Scholastic of the U.S. and Bloomsbury of Britain announced the fifth Potter installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, will finally hit bookstores June 21. The book will be the longest about the boy wizard thus far, with 38 chapters and 255,000 words.