Rob McElhenney and Ryan Reynolds debuted the first promo for “Welcome to Wrexham,” their upcoming FX documentary series about buying a Welsh football team together on Wednesday. The video also turned out to be a supplement to McElhenney’s long-running FXX comedy “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” a point Reynolds apparently didn’t know about beforehand.
The clip, which you can see above, begins with the theme song “Always Sunny” playing outside a pub in Wrexham, Wales. We move inward to see a group that looks suspiciously similar to Mac (McElhenney), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), Frank (Danny DeVito), Dennis (Glenn Howerton) and Charlie (Charlie Day) watching television.
Watching them on TV are the actual “Always Sunny” characters Mac, Dee, Frank, Dennis and Charlie, apparently very confused at Paddy’s in Philadelphia.
“What are they looking at?” says Dee guy on the Welsh side as he looks at the “Always Sunny” crew, to whom all his male “friends” yell, “Shut up, bird!”
We then cut Reynolds and McElhenney watching this promo, and Reynolds asks his co-owner, “Did I approve a link for our show and ‘Always Sunny in Philly’?”
“Uh, no, I did,” says Rob.
“Oh, am I in a promo for that show right now?” Ryan asks.
“No …” Rob responds, clearly lying.
Look Ryan, this is what happens when you decide to buy a Welsh football team with a stranger.
Watch as McElhenney tries to get a good beating out of Reynolds in the “Welcome to Wrexham” teaser above.
FX ordered two seasons of the documentary series about Reynolds and McElhenney, who were previously unknown, purchasing and managing one of the oldest professional soccer clubs in the world, the Welsh soccer team Wrexham AFC, in May.
The show will track “the dreams and people of Wrexham, a working-class town in North Wales, UK, as two Hollywood stars take over the city’s historic football club.”
According to FX, “Founded in 1864, the ‘Red Dragons’ are one of the oldest soccer teams in the world and currently compete in the National League, the fifth tier of the English soccer league system.”
“Welcome to Wrexham” will debut in 2022 on FX.