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Showrunner Survey: Why Sons of Anarchy’s Kurt Sutter Wants a Glee Crossover

Executive producer Kurt Sutter (L) and actor Ron Perlman arrive at a screening of FX's
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It’s the first Friday of the Summer of 2012! But before heading out for weekend fun, we’d like to offer you the latest installment of Vulture’s Emmy-timed Showrunner Survey. It’s from Kurt Sutter, the awesomely B.S.-free creator of FX’s hugely popular Sons of Anarchy. Will he drop a C-bomb? What do you think?

What’s the first TV show you remember being obsessed with?
Bozo the Clown.

True or false: When I was growing up, the day the TV Guide “Fall Preview” issue came out was almost as good as the last day of school.
False. And clearly you didn’t go to Catholic school.

Which show would you like to do a crossover event with and why?
Glee. Just to fuck with people.

If you could bring back any killed-off TV character for just one more episode, who would it be?
Wild Bill Hickok on Deadwood.

Do time slots still matter? Explain.
Yes. I had a conversation with [FX chief] John Landgraf about this recently. I was of the mind that eventually time slots will be gone, and there will just be content. John pointed out that research shows that most people (25 to 49) don’t want the burden of doing their own programming, and that for now, they’re still relevant.
Pick one character from your show: Which reality show would (s)he be most suited for, and why?
Tig. Intervention.

If you had an unlimited music budget, which artist or group would you hire to compose the soundtrack for your show?
Bob Thiele Jr. and the Forest Rangers.

Which character do you wish you had created?
Bozo the Clown.

What was the biggest creative misstep you ever saw made by a show you love?
Spongebob raping Patric. Bikini Bottom took on a whole new meaning.

If you could let your kids watch a single episode of your work, which one would it be and why?
My teenagers do. My 5-year-old doesn’t — and never will.
Which writers’ room in all of TV history would you most like to have gotten to sit in on?
Bozo the Clown.

Finish this sentence: The hardest thing to pull off on a TV show is …
Pleasing the cunts.

Showrunner Survey: Kurt Sutter May Be a Gleek