Sons of Anarchy" and "The Devils Ride" are both TV series about motorcycle gangs with two different takes. "Sons of Anarchy" is a drama produced by FX and is in its fourth season. "The Devils Ride" -- which just got picked up for a second season -- is a reality show on the Discovery Channel revolving around the real-life motorcycle club Laffing Devils. TMZ reports that the cast of characters are involved in a Twitter war between the shows."
What Started the Flap?
Kurt Sutter, the creative power behind "Sons of Anarchy," tweeted a message on May 21. "Watched DEVIL'S RIDE. Probably get in trouble for saying this, but I'm pretty sure my SOA actors could kick the s**t out of this "real" MC."
Sandman, one of the riders profiled in the new Discovery series, responded in the TMZ piece. He said, "I am concerned that Kurt's creative mind is stuck in make-believe land with his recent comment on Twitter."
Sutter has never been one to back down from a fight. When someone calls him out, he bites back. Just two days earlier, the producer tweeted his frustration with NBC for not allowing him to hire Merle Dandridge for a few episodes.
Another post in the morning on May 24 continues Sutter's diatribe against Sandman. "This just in from @Discovery: season two of The Devil's Ride. Loofa devils open a nail salon. Sandman learns how to give a bad**s mani-pedi."
He continued to jab at "The Devils Ride" cast by saying "yes, i know devil's ride has exploited SOA and is now using me for more exposure. i just can't help myself…incite and incinerate." on May 24.
On May 25, Sutter took it to the next level by posting a personal vlog on youtube.com, where he addresses the virtual fight with "The Devils Ride." He speaks at length on the issue and says, "Then I felt ... that I need to distance myself. That's not a show I'm associated with. It's not a show I want to be associated with."
The good news is that it's a virtual fight, and nobody has gotten physically hurt. No one knows for sure what would happen if these two men met in person. What no one wants to see happen is someone else from Sandman's club getting prideful and actually approaching Sutter. The results won't end well in a real life versus fiction melee.
Perhaps Sutter feels as if his artistic vision is being infringed upon by a new show. In other words, "The Devils Ride" is invading Sutter's turf he's owned for four years. In the biker culture that means a gang war.
Premise of the Shows
"Sons of Anarchy" profiles a fictional, but based in real-life, motorcycle club in California. From the inception of the fictional Sons of Anarchy club after the Vietnam War, the show focuses on the evolution of the riders and their families. Leaders and bikers are part of a subculture that mixes it up with authority figures in their city, but at the same time they are part-law enforcement in Charming, California.
"The Devils Ride" follows the Laffing Devils, a motorcycle club of mostly middle-aged men in San Diego. A man nicknamed "Billy the Kid" is the club's new president who often spars with the group's older founding members.
The Los Angeles Times reports "Sons of Anarchy" will have at least six seasons. The show's fourth year has seen an average of five million viewers per episode. TV by the Numbers states "The Devils Ride" is increasing viewership. Its third episode earned 1.55 million viewers, the highest to date for the new show.
The Season 1 finale of "The Devils Ride" airs tonight, June 12, at 10pm EST/PST, and here's sneak peak of what's in store!
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