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We chat with Danny DeVito on the set of 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia'

The actor, comedian, producer and director talks getting renewed for two more seasons as well as his favorite shows.

The cast of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” gave Philadelphians a reason to smile on top of July 4th festivities today— filming a scene for their upcoming 12th season on 10th and Market near the Funk-O-Mart. Word spread fast and dedicated fans lined up across the street in droves;snapping photos, shooting videos and of course, attempting selfies with their favorite “Sunny” stars.

The show was recently renewed for a 13th and 14th season, and according to Danny DeVito, who stars as Frank Reynolds on the series, season 11 saw its highest ratings ever.

“It’s hard to stop a show like this. Our ratings have been higher than they’ve ever been," he says. “[When we started] it was a blip on the radar. Our niche of fans responds really well to the show. [Now] we know them, they know us."

He squeezed in time to chat with us between takes and being the gentleman he is, even offered to share the peanuts he was snacking on.

When asked his thoughts on what has made “It’s Always Sunny” so successful, DeVito thinks people like “the abandon.” He adds, “It’s good to have something to binge!”

And what is DeVito himself binging on these days? The Asbury Park native admits to being a huge fan of "Game of Thrones," “Breaking Bad," "Mad Men” and the now defunct “Deadwood.”

However, while he does like being entertained, the actor likes to keep up with what’s going on in the world, too.

“I watch a lot of news programs. ‘Democracy Now’ is my favorite show which is on everyday at democracynow.org. If you want to be a journalist, Amy Goodman is someone to look at. She really tells the story. The true stories.”

DeVito also professed his love for free newspapers.

“If it’s true journalism, you shouldn’t be paying for it.”

He later adds, “I should like your newspaper, I hope.”

Season 12 of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” is expected to premiere in early 2017, however, an official release date has not been announced yet.

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