I admit it. This TVWriter™ minion is jealous as all get-out of Kurt Sutter, and not just because he’s married to Katie Segal. I mean, dude created THE SHIELD and SONS OF ANARCHY, and that makes him, you know – gold.
As an ambitious and fairly new writer, my idolatry has inevitably led to me wondering how the hell Mr. Sutter has gotten where he is. What’s his secret? What’s the magic?
Fortunately, I’m not the only one hunting for the Secret. The following article definitely has helped me sharpen my focus. Here’s hoping it does the same for y’all as well:
by Nick Cannata-Bowman
FX has a long history of dramas that break the mold for what we consider typical fare. Shows like Justified and The Americans have put it up there with the likes of AMC and HBO as networks that specializes in storytelling mastery. But behind the curtain of FX’s success lives Kurt Sutter, the creative mind behind The Shield and the recently finished Sons of Anarchy. With just those two shows under his belt, Sutter has quickly launched himself into an elite class of writers and showrunners.
Sutter’s history in Hollywood dates back to his days working as a staff writer during The Shield’s early run. He closed out the series with the second most credits to his name for the show, earning an executive producer role to boot. This in turn led to his creation of the monstrous hit, Sons of Anarchy. Sons may have ended in these last few months, but its overall impact has been more than felt. Sutter had a chance to truly spread his wings, leaving us with a show that’ll be remembered as one of the greats of this current golden age of television.
His rise to power though has been a quiet one, to the extent to which many Sons of Anarchy fans didn’t even realize that he himself was in the show as incarcerated club member Otto Delaney. But that doesn’t change what he’s done for both the antihero crime drama as well as the entire FX network. Traces of Sutter’s work can be found all over TV.