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The Long and Strange Trip of Katey Sagal

"How a backup singer became the baddest biker chick on TV" - from RollingStone.com

Long before Katey Sagal was out-Lady Macbething Lady Macbeth on Sons of Anarchy, she was an aspiring singer. During the Seventies and Eighties, she sang backup for an eclectic mix of artists, from Olivia Newton-John and Etta James to Molly Hatchet and Tanya Tucker. She even wore mermaid fins for Bette Midler and helped make Gene Simmons' 1978 solo album a little less cringe-worthy.

Later, she had her own band, the Group With No Name, which didn't last long but lives forever on YouTube (one of the videos features a mind-blowing flute solo that'd make Ron Burgundy proud.)

A few solo albums followed over the years – including some choice cuts on the Sons of Anarchy soundtrack – but her music has always been eclipsed by her acting career.

Listening to Sagal's latest album, Covered, there's something sublime about hearing the baddest biker chick on TV belt out Tom Petty's "Free Falling."

Rolling Stone spoke to Sagal about Covered, her first new recording in almost a decade, as well as her public freak-outs over George Harrison, being discovered by Gene Simmons, and more.

Read more at RollingStone.com


"Katey Sagal Covers 'Free Fallin' - Song Premiere"

Lead single from 'Sons of Anarchy' matriarch's covers album.

On Covered, actress and singer Katey Sagal's first studio album in nine years, the Sons of Anarchy star takes on songs by Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Gillian Welch, Joni Mitchell and more. The project's first single, which debuts here ahead of the album's November 11th release, reimagines Tom Petty's 1989 classic "Free Fallin'."

Read more and listen to 'Free Fallin' at RollingStone.com


"Actress Katey Sagal has classic tunes 'Covered' in new album."

Actress Katey Sagal is probably best known as Peggy Bundy, the big-haired red headed mother from the hit sitcom "Married With Children." More recently, she won a Golden Globe for her performance as Gemma, the tough matriarch of a California motorcycle gang on the hit FX show "Sons of Anarchy."

Many people might not know that she actually got her start in show biz as a singer and songwriter. Sagal began writing songs as a teenager, growing up in the San Fernando Valley.

Eventually Sagal had a successful career as a backup singer, working with artists such as Bob Dylan, Etta James and Bette Midler, but she knew she always wanted to sing center stage.

She has since accomplished that goal, and now she's back with a new album called "Covered," a collection of cover tunes, several of which she has sung on "Sons Of Anarchy."

Read more at scpr.org


"Sons Of Anarchy" season 5 premiere episode ratings hit record high of 5.4 million."

FX's most-watched series sets a new bar with the start of its fifth season, jumping 10 percent from previous high and likely setting a new network record.

The FX series, the most-watched in network history, hit a new record when it returned for the premiere of its fifth season on Tuesday night. The 10 p.m. broadcast pulled in a whopping 5.47 million viewers, 3.5 million of them adults 18-49.

It was the number one cable broadcast on Tuesday night, growing 10 percent among total viewers from previous record-setting season four premiere. With the current numbers, the episode is on track to be network's biggest single telecast ever when Nielsen releases Live+7 data.

“It’s so rare, especially in the current fragmented environment, to see a show grow into its fifth season,” FX Networks president and GM John Landgraf. “The fact that the season five premiere episode is also likely to become FX’s highest rated telecast of all time is a testament to the quality of work Kurt Sutter, the writers, directors, cast and crew have done on this extraordinarily ambitious and riveting drama.”

Read more at hollywoodreporter.com.


"Sons Of Anarchy" season 4 premiere episode most-watched program in FX history."

FX orders a fifth season.

LOS ANGELES, September 26, 2011 - Based on Live+7 ratings from The Nielsen Company, the fourth season premiere episode of FX's critically acclaimed hit drama series Sons of Anarchy became the most-watched program in the network's 17-year history.

The first-run telecast of the season four premiere of Sons (9/6/11, 10-11:30 PM) delivered 6.5 million Total Viewers, 4.3 million Adults 18-49 and 2.5 million Men 18-49, which rank as basic cable's top-drama series telecast in those Adult demos in 2011. On a Live+7 comparison, the season four premiere posted increases of +25% in Total Viewers and +20% in Adults 18-49 versus the third season premiere. The episode also set a record for FX in Adults 25-54 (4.2 million), Men 25-54 (2.4 million), and Households (4.6 million).

FX just revealed two more series on their development slate for next season, but that doesn’t mean the cable network is bringing any of their current running series to an end soon. A press release from the network just announced an order for a fifth season consisting of 13 episodes for Sons of Anarchy starring Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman and Katey Sagal. The order comes as the series’ fourth season still has seven episodes left to air, but since the show has stayed consistent in the ratings, FX has confidence that fans need and want more.


Comic-Con 2011

FUTURAMA is coming to San Diego Comic-Con 2011 at a panel taking place on Saturday, July 23, from 12:15pm to 1pm in Ballroom 20.

Attending the panel along with Katey, is Matt Groening (creator/executive producer), David X. Cohen (executive producer), Billy West (Fry, Professor Farnsworth, Dr. Zoidberg), John DiMaggio (Bender) and Maurice LaMarche Kif Kroker, Calculon, Morbo).

According to David X. Cohen, "[The panel] will be a treat. I think this will probably be our best sneak preview ever at Comic-Con, because we’re going to show the entire anime segment of the "Reincarnation" episode during our panel, and that will be before it aired by a month or more. People will get to see a full third of our finale at our panel. I think we’ll also have miscellaneous clips of the episodes that haven’t aired yet at that time, but that will be the feature attraction."

This year Sons of Anarchy is moving to the 5000-seat Hall H! Hear about upcoming guest stars, life after prison, and what new turns are in store when the Sons. Panel arrives on Sunday, July 24 at 3:30pm in Hall H. Attending the panel, along with Katey, is Charlie Hunnam (Jax Teller), Ron Perlman (Clay Morrow) and Kurt Sutter (creator/executive producer).


Update: Watch the entire panel discussion here:


Defining Beauty: Ms. Wheelchair America

Katey narrated this feature documentary which will premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival on May 1, 2011 at 3:45pm at Triangle Square 3, 1870 Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa, CA.

This is a thought provoking and inspiring documentary about the vibrant lives of five women who handle a multitude of challenges on a daily basis with grace and strength on their journey to the 2010 Ms. Wheelchair America pageant.

To view the trailer, visit Defining Beauty: Trailer
For more info: definingbeautydoc.blogspot.com


Golden Globe Award - Jan. 16, 2011

Congratulations to Katey for her Golden Globe Award as "Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama" in her portrayal as Gemma Teller Morrow in FX's SONS OF ANARCHY.

Katey thanked the Hollywood Foreign Press Association when she won the award, saying: "You are so sweet and have always been so kind to me."


Harps and Angels

Four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks is coming to Los Angeles where he will collaborate with Oscar-winning composer Randy Newman on a new musical production.

The cast of Randy Newman’s "Harps and Angels" features (in alphabetical order) Ryder Bach, Storm Large, Adriane Lenox, Michael McKean, Katey Sagal and Matthew Saldivar. The play ran Nov. 10 to Dec. 22, 2010 at the Mark Taper Forum at the Music Center, located at 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012.


FX's SONS OF ANARCHY Third Season

Watch for season 3 premiering in September. But you don't have to wait that long for scoop! Katey tells us that the new season will be as unpredictable as ever. Case in point: Even while running from the law, Gemma remains a hell raiser. "I'm in danger, I killed somebody. There's an element of danger for everybody," Sagal says. "Gemma got totally screwed, but she'll get revenge."

Additional casting include Paula Malcolmson, who has signed on for an eight-episode arc in the new season. She'll be playing a character named Maureen. Kenneth Johnson will be back in a six-episode arc to reprise his role as the Tacoma chapter's Kozik, a Sons of Anarchy club member who has some kind of twisted history with Tig.

Stephen King will make a special appearance on Sons of Anarchy when the biker drama returns for a third season on FX this September. King will play a quiet loner who appears in Gemma’s (Katey) time of need. King will appear in the third episode.

Also joining the cast for the third season is Hal Holbrook who will have a guest starring role in a four-episode arc, beginning with the premiere episode. He’ll play Nate Madock, the father of Gemma Morrow Teller (Katey).

Production on the third season of "Sons of Anarchy" begins in mid-April, 2010.


LOST

Katey guests stars in the episode of LOST titled "The Candidate" Season 6 Episode 14 airing TUESDAY May 4 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Episode Synopsis: LOST "The Candidate" Season 6 Episode 14 - Jack must decide whether or not to trust Locke after he is asked to follow through on a difficult task, on "Lost," TUESDAY, MAY 4 (9:00-10:02 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

Guest starring are Alan Dale as Charles Widmore, Kevin Tighe as Anthony Cooper, Sam Anderson as Bernard, Katey Sagal as Helen, Fred Koehler as Seamus, Maile Holck as nurse, Casey Adams as Wheeler, Ken Elliott as orderly, Christopher McGahan as Paul and Alan Seabock as sub captain.


SONS OF ANARCHY Second Season

FX's Sons of Anarchy Second Season Returns Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009 at 10 p.m.

It was announced earlier in the year that noted actor Adam Arkin will appear in a multi-episode story arc, playing a white supremacist who could cause problems for SAMCRO (The Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original) while Grammy winning Henry Rollins would also join the cast, playing an antagonist billed as not just a threat, but a deadly threat.

But Arkin wouldn't be the first supremacist the Charming motorcycle gang has had to deal with.

The show's writers have had the group cross paths with the meth-distributing white supremacist "Nords" gang, a rival Oakland-based MC the "Mayans", the San Francisco-based Chinese-American mafia, the True IRA of Ireland, and the 9'ers an African-American street gang.

But this season could make everything that has come before seem like child's play.

"This season is going to be about all the internal conflicts that happen at the club," the show's creator Kurt Sutter has said, "And I think the club is going to become its own worst enemy."

With producers taking well known actors, adding tattoo's, shaving heads and generally bringing them into the hard world of the people who make up motorcycle gangs, Arkin fans could be in for an acting treat.

FX's "Sons of Anarchy" panel featured creator Kurt Sutter, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal, Maggie Siff, Adam Arkin and Heny Rollins at the Television Critics Association Press Tour


SONS OF ANARCHY Heads to Bravo U.K.

LONDON: Virgin Media Television's male-skewing entertainment channel Bravo has secured the rights to the FX series Sons of Anarchy from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, as part of the British network's efforts to bolster its prime-time drama slate.

Already renewed for a second outing in the U.S., the show, slated for Bravo's spring schedule, is executive produced by The Shield's Kurt Sutter and stars British actor Charlie Hunnam alongside Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal and Drea De Matteo. It focuses on an outlaw motorcycle gang in a small Californian town.

Bravo’s channel controller, Dave Clarke, stated: “We're excited and proud to have secured such a high-quality and successful series for our viewers. U.S. cable drama is the best in the world and FX are past-masters. Sons of Anarchy will be essential and compelling viewing for U.K. fans of both high-quality action and premium drama. The combination of impeccable casting and super-sharp, intelligent scripting makes for a turbo-charged hour of television.'


SONS OF ANARCHY: Season 2 Coming to Blu-ray

Release Date: Aug. 17, 2010

FX's Sons of Anarchy: Season 2 Coming to Blu-ray Disc. Let Freedom Roar with exclusive, never-before-seen content! Blu-ray has over two hours of deleted scenes, gag reel, The Moral Code of Sons of Anarchy and more!


SONS OF ANARCHY: Season 1 Coming to Blu-ray

The FX original series Sons of Anarchy starring Charlie Hunnam and Katey Sagal is making fast tracks to Blu-ray Disc (and DVD) as Fox Home Entertainment has chosen August 18, 209 as a release date for the complete first season. Bonus features are fairly deep with select episode commentaries and multiple featurettes, amongst others. The disc includes select episode commentaries, deleted scenes, gag reel, "Head Out on the Highway" featurette, "Counter Culture Icons" featurette, "Easy Riders" featurette, "Makin' the Grade" featurette and "Tats Incredible" featurette.


FX SONS OF ANARCHY Announces Guest Stars

Henry Rollins and Adam ArkinFor Second Season

Sons of Anarchy returns for their second season to the network in the fall season. FX Networks announced that Henry Rollins will play a new antagonist in the show’s fictional town of Charming, California. Rollins character poses a deadly threat to the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club. Rollins is scheduled to appear in six episodes.

Adam Arkin will portray Ethan Zobelle, a white-supremacist who comes to town opening a cigar shop, and causes problems for Clay (Ron Perlman) married to Jax's (Charlie Hunnam) mom Gemma (Katey Sagal) who is part-Jewish.

The TV Junkie Discusses New Season of SOA

by Thomas Attila Lewis



Katey Sagal was being honored for her role as Peggy Bundy in FOX's "Married With Children" at the 2009 TV Land Awards so LAist's TV Junkie jumped on the chance to talk to her and her husband, Kurt Sutter, about the next season of FX's "Sons of Anarchy". Kurt was a writer and producer of "The Shield" before creating "Sons of Anarchy".