December 1, 2009 in Features

Married, with lots of sons

Frazier Moore Associated Press
 

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Season two of the FX drama “Sons of Anarchy” is primed to end tonight with bloody payback.

The Sons, a fierce and fiercely close-knit motorcycle club, are set to wreak havoc on enemy forces that have horned in on their turf.

Further upping the ante: The Sons must teach the ultimate lesson to that band of white separatists who, at the season’s start, sent the club a message by seizing and raping its matriarch, Gemma Morrow.

Played by Katey Sagal, Gemma is dishy, shrewd and tough as wife to the club’s president (Ron Perlman) and mother of his rival for the throne (Charlie Hunnam).

Sagal first found fame as Peg Bundy, the big-haired, smart-mouthed housewife for 11 seasons on the Fox sitcom “Married… with Children.”

For three seasons she starred on the ABC comedy “8 Simple Rules,” which was rocked by the sudden death of co-star John Ritter early its second year.

Gemma came into her life thanks to husband Kurt Sutter, who created “Sons of Anarchy” after seven seasons as writer and executive producer of FX’s landmark cop drama “The Shield.”

“He began researching outlaw motorcycle gangs and came up with a great sort of mythology about that world,” Sagal explains.

“And during that time, he said, ‘I have a part for you.’ I was excited about it. But I didn’t really know what it was. I don’t think he knew what it was.”

Like Gemma, club members have personal issues that don’t get much personal scrutiny.

“Those people are all about shame, guilt, denial, secrets,” says Sagal.

“They just sit on stuff and it builds up and then they shoot people. They don’t go to therapy or do yoga.”

The birthday bunch

Actor-director Woody Allen is 74. Singer Dianne Lennon (the Lennon Sisters) is 70. Actress-singer Bette Midler is 64. Singer Gilbert O’Sullivan is 63. Actor Treat Williams is 58. Actress Charlene Tilton is 51. Model-actress Carol Alt is 49. Comedian Sarah Silverman is 39.

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