Five episodes in and ABC’s “The Real O’Neals” has become required viewing. The charming sitcom about a Chicago-based Irish Catholic family fits neatly within ABC’s current crop of sitcoms, a Trojan horse containing one of the most subversive shows on TV.
Martha Plimpton is an amazing actress of film, stage and television, and she’s shown her versatility by playing everything from her Emmy-winning role of Patti Nyholm in The Good Wife to Virginia Chance in Raising Hope (she was nominated for an Emmy for that role as well). Now she’s back on television in a new, very different sitcom called The Real O’Neals.
The Real O’Neals, the first of several midseason launches on deck at ABC, opened on Wednesday night with two original episodes.
If you want to measure how far TV representations of queer people have come since Will & Grace’s attractive gay leads spent entire seasons without any romantic action, please note that on ABC’s new sitcom The Real O’Neals, only six episodes elapse between 16-year-old Kenny O’Neal’s coming out and his first gay date.
Somehow, ABC’s new sitcom “The Real O’Neals” manages to feel both overdue and right on time. You’d think we’d have seen a show like this before. But it’s a perfect fit with the authenticity we demand from television now — even in sitcom land.
Back in the 1990s, NBC owned the single-in-the-city sitcom genre, with “Seinfeld” and “Friends” among the big hits. Now, ABC owns the family sitcom genre, having taken the success of “Modern Family” and added on “The Middle,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” “The Goldbergs,” and “Black-ish.” On Wednesday night, “The Real O’Neals” joins the party. It’s based in part on the life of Dan Savage, the advice columnist, author, journalist, and founder of the It Gets Better Project.
In the upcoming ABC sitcom The Real O’Neals, Noah Galvin plays 16-year old Kenny O’Neal, who upends his picture-perfect Irish Catholic family when he comes out as gay. At the show’s TCA panel on Saturday, Galvin was asked how he thinks audiences will respond to a gay teen coming out on a half-hour, single-camera sitcom.
New this year is a partnership with Relativity Digital Media, which is helping develop content for L/Studio along with the automaker’s AOR Los Angeles-based Team One Advertising. Also new is season two of “It Got Better,” features interviews with well-known LGBT Americans who talk about how they have overcome challenges in their lives to reach the pinnacle of their fields.
Things continue to get better for Dan Bucatinsky and Lisa Kudrow’s documentary series It Got Better. The web series inspired by Dan Savage’s It Gets Better campaign has been renewed for a second season, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
We knew Dan Savage was funny, but we’re hoping his wry wit and balls to the wall attitude (literally) translates to our small screens.
An as-yet-untitled Dan Savage comedy was picked up by ABC and, as The Hollywood Reporter revealed, it will be “a single-camera semi-autobiographical entry based on the LGBT activist/boundary-pushing columnist’s life.