Are you a fan of The Real O’neals? If not, you should be!
A fresh take on a seemingly perfect family whose lives take an unexpected turn when surprising truths are revealed. Instead of ruining their family, the honesty triggers a new, messier chapter where everyone stops pretending to be perfect and actually starts being real.
We had a fun time interviewing some of the cast and crew including: Noah Galvin, (“Kenny” – @Noahegalvin), Jay R. Ferguson (“Pat” – @jrfergjr), Matt Shively (“Jimmy” – @MattShively1), Mary Hollis Inboden (“Jodi” –@maryhollis) and Executive Producers Casey Johnson (@trocaseyjohnson), David Windsor (@dwindsor789) & Stacy Traub (@stoocytroob)
We also screened a couple of episodes which were both super funny. We can talk about what is coming on tonight a bit later, but until then let’s chat about the cast and crew.
I love talking with all the different people involved with the concept, ideas, and writing of the show and The Real O’Neals was no different. Executive producers Casey Johnson, David Windsor, and Stacy Traub let us know that they bring actual situations from real life into the stories. In fact the upcoming Camping episode a lot of that came from David’s real life. All 3 of them have different aspects which they bring to the table and while Casey and Stacy are both moms, David was raised by two gay fathers in a Catholic family. Let’s be real. Life happens. To each of us and the fact they all 3 have this outlet where they can go to work and say, “Oh my gosh guys. You won’t believe what happened to me this weekend and turn it into part of the natural story of what this normal, dysfunctional, yet functional family goes through on a daily basis is pretty neat.
Another thing I enjoyed was that in the writers room they have 5or 6 gay writers that they put the material in front of just to do a double check that it is both accurate and funny while still having that grain of truth that it could actually happen. In fact, Casey stated. “It was really important to us – none of us are gay, and we’re telling a coming-of-age story about a gay teenager, so we wanted to bring a lot of gay writers onto the show. Our in-house director Todd Holland is gay so he’s brought a lot of his own personal experience to the show. We just wanted it to feel very authentic and real.”
Kenny's school decides to create a Gay Straight Alliance. What could possibly go wrong? https://t.co/UGslmTPT6m
— The Real O'Neals (@TheRealONeals) April 18, 2016
Executive Producer David said, “It’s a constant fine line that we’re walking… we deal with a lot of really heavy issues, but at the same time, we’re making a comedy and we have these amazing comic actors. The goal is to laugh but we’re not afraid of getting into (those issues) so the show has been pretty good about tackling some of those issues and finding a way to make them funny.”
Which personally I find refreshing. I love that ABC is having another version of what a the “New Normal” regular family looks like. The good, the bad, and the uncomfortable, but in the end The Real O’Neals is just a family going through it and we can all relate to that.
TUNE IN TONIGHT
S1 E08 The Real Book Club
Eileen faces her book club for the first time after her family’s “outing,” but things take a surprising turn when instead of shunning her the ladies begin opening up – way too much – about their own problems. Kenny’s first trip to the “gayborhood” coffee shop is everything he’d hoped for, until Pat tags along with him to a gay dodge ball match.
So Tune in TONIGHT Tuesday at 8:30|7:30c on ABC and also make sure you are following The Real O’Neals on social media:
***Disclosure: I’ll be attending the #CaptainAmericaEvent + #ABCTVEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***