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‘Always Sunny’ Writers Rob McElhenney and Keyonna Taylor Lead FX Pilot Filming in Chicago in April

FX is on a roll in Chicago, and it’s looking to continue the hot streak. Fresh off the critical acclaim and awards haul of The Bear, FX is planting its next promising prospect in Chicago. And the network is bringing the best from yet another hit series to pen the script. Two of the writers behind the popular FX series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Keyonna Taylor and Rob McElhenney – have written the pilot, which is entitled MeWe.

Sources tell SCREEN the pilot for MeWe will begin filming in the Windy City on April 16th, shooting for about a week.

Writer Rob McElhenney is best known for his role as Ronald “Mac” McDonald on the FX comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a show he co-created with Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton and on which he continues to serve as an executive producer and writer.

Keyonna Taylor has written several episodes of the always popular Always Sunny. Taylor also collaborated with McElhenney on the Emmy nominated series Mythic Quest.

Taylor and McElhenney will be handing over their screenplay to director Nzingha Stewart…

Meet Director Nzingha Stewart

Nzingha Stewart began her career directing music videos for the likes of Macy Gray, Common, Eve, Joss Stone, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, and 50 Cent. Stewart later moved to the television and movie industry in 2010 with the drama For Colored Girls as an executive producer. She has directed two movies for Lifetime, Love by the 10th Date and With This Ring.

Stewart earned two nominations at the 47th NAACP Image Awards for With This Ring, Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television) and Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television). The movie starred Regina King, Eve, and Jill Scott.

Here’s a sneak peak at With This Ring, courtesy of an interview with the movie’s three leading ladies on Today, and click right here to watch the full movie

On the television series side, Stewart has directed episodes of Maid, Pretty Little Liars, Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, and Unreal.

And as for that other FX series in town…

Yes Chef! FX Series The Bear Now Filming S2 in Chicago

As we await further details on the MeWe pilot, let’s give a quick update on that other FX series in the city. FX’s flagship series in Chicago, The Bear, is now over a month into filming.

The Bear is expected to wrap on or near April 28th. The season order has been upped from eight episodes to ten. The series will premiere in June, as announced in this recently released teaser…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT83zodlLJY

And if you’re late to the Season One feast, all eight episodes of The Bear are now available on Hulu. Click here to enjoy the first season.

Check back here at SCREEN for more details on the promising new pilot WeMe as well as updates on filming of Season Two of The Bear. You can also click right here to subscribe to our weekly email newsletter.

Photo Credit: Rob McElhenney Photo by Gage Skidmore via Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0

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