However, it must make it seem more viable in the eyes of producers if it was dirt-cheap to produce. When Rob McElhenney brought his vision of It's Always Sunny forward, he knew that competing with other big budget sitcoms would be difficult. In order to reduce costs considerably, none of the actors were paid and McElhenney operated the camera himself. The show has certainly grown in production value since then, but watching a show grow from such humble beginnings is very satisfying. While the season one cast of Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson, Rob McElhenney and Glenn Howerton were hilarious, the network did not have much confidence in their ability to garner ratings.
Glenn Howerton addresses fan conspiracy theories from 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' How they fell for each other wasn't public knowledge, Olson recently disclosed on the Armchair Expert podcast, where she was the guest of Dax Shepard, a former co-star with "The Groundlings" in Los Angeles. Shepard, who's close friends with Olson and McElhenney, broached the subject during a conversation that extended more than two hours. Olson explained that she and McElhenney, the show's creator, didn't gravitate toward each other romantically right away, but he made an immediate impression on her.
I found a voice, I guess. I learned a lot about setting up shows and being a lead singer and running a band.