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Sons of Anarchy Postmortem: Creator Kurt Sutter Defends Controversial Premiere

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[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 6 premiere of Sons of Anarchy. Read at your own risk.]

Thanks to Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter's unfiltered Twitter persona, he has often been called controversial. But the Season 6 premiere of Sutter's FX drama has the potential to strike a considerably different nerve than his outspoken displeasure with the Emmy nominees.

Sons of Anarchy: 6 things to expect in Season 6
 
On Tuesday's premiere, while Jax (Charlie Hunnam) navigated the aftermath of framing Clay (Ron Perlman) and seeing his wife Tara (Maggie Siff) sent to prison, the episode... read more

The Tuesday Playlist: Billie Jean King, Sons of Anarchy, Dance Finale

Billie Jean King

For nearly 30 years, PBS's great American Masters series has profiled overachievers in the arts and culture at large. It only makes sense than when the documentary series finally decided to do its first study of a sports superstar, it turned to tennis legend Billie Jean King. Masters (Tuesday, 8/7c; check tvguide.com listings) has always reflected personality through performance, so who better than a woman who says of her craft: "Every ball I hit has a consequence."

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Sons of Anarchy: 6 Things to Expect in Season 6

Charlie Hunnam

On FX's Sons of Anarchy, Jax Teller's road to hell has always been paved with good intentions. That will be especially true in Season 6.

"Jax is trying to balance being a good father, a good husband and a good leader of an outlaw organization — therein lies the tragic flaws of this guy," creator and executive producer Kurt Sutter tells TVGuide.com. "He's got this sense of, 'I can unplug us from all the bad sh--. Let's go legit — let's head in that direction because that's going to keep us alive.'  As the season progresses, the question is: How do you unplug if people perceive you as the source of power?  And is it too late? Are things set in motion in such a way where it just can't be done? That's really the quest for him this season."

Sons of Anarchy boss: "Controversial" Season 6 premiere is the catalyst for series' final act

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Matt Bomer Responds to Fifty Shades of Grey Petition

Matt Bomer

After Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson were announced as the stars of the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film adaptation, displeased fans created aChange.org petition to replace the actors with Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel. But while Bomer is flattered, don't expect to see him in a Red Room of Pain blasting Bach on the big screen.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Fans Start Petition Over Dakota Johnson, Charlie Hunnam Castings

Matt Bomer, Alexis Bledel

Fifty Shades of Grey fans are not happy with the castings of Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam in the two lead roles.  

After months of speculation, it was announced Monday that the Ben and Kate alum and the Sons of Anarchy star had signed on to play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively, in the upcoming film based on E.L. James' steamy bestseller. But many diehard fans weren't pleased and immediately took to the Internet to create a petition on Change.org.

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Report: Fifty Shades of Grey Film Casts Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam as Leads

Charlie Hunnam, Dakota Johnson

After months of speculation, the 50 Shades of Grey movie has found its leading lady and leading man.

Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate) and Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) will play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey in the upcoming film based on E.L. James' steamy bestseller, Deadline reports.

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Sons of Anarchy Boss: "Controversial" Season 6 Premiere Is the Catalyst for Series' Final Act

Charlie Hunnam

Sons of Anarchy may be revving toward the finish line, but the show isn't out of gas.

The FX drama's upcoming Season 6 premiere features a climactic scene that will almost undoubtedly stir some debate. While creator Kurt Sutter hopes to keep the plot a secret, he insists that he's not just trying to grab eyeballs by tackling a hot-button issue.

Sons of Anarchy to kick off Season 6 with supersized episode

"I've wanted to do that story for about three years," Sutter told reporters at the Television Critics Association fall previews Friday. "I knew it would be somewhat controversial, but I feel like as much as I wouldn't do something [just] because it was controversial, I'm also not going to do something because it is controversial.... read more

Ask Matt: Emmys, Hate-Watching, the Happy Endings Divide, Ziva's Exit

Tatiana Maslany

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: So once again, the Emmy nominations are out, and I'm sure that you are being inundated with mail questioning the sanity of the nominations. I, too, had "my shows" that ...
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7 TV Gigs Tailor-Made for Lindsay Lohan — Once She Leaves Rehab

Lindsay Lohan

With Lindsay Lohan starting a 90-day stint in rehab on Thursday, we're hoping that once she gets out in August, she can keep herself busy and gainfully employed with a return to TV.

Lohan's last TV appearance on pal Charlie Sheen's Anger Management in April was a modest success. She played a caricature of her public persona -- named Lindsay, of course -- who consults Charlie (Sheen) for anger counseling, complete with shtick references to her notorious personal life, including drugs (donut powder mistaken for cocaine) and court dates. Despite receiving a mixed chorus of jeers, the Anger Management gig got this endorsement from Newsday: "There was an ember of something that seemed totally lost in all the coverage, headlines and nonsense of the last few years: Lohan actually has some talent."

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Who's Returning to Sons of Anarchy?

Drea de Matteo

Jax is going to have his hands full when Sons of Anarchy returns.

Drea de Matteo will reprise her role as... read more

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