By David Vandygriff
ABC's new comedy The Real O'Neals series premiere date is TUESDAY MARCH 8 8:30|7:30c. The Real O'Neals is 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.
The Real O’Neals stars Martha Plimpton as Eileen, Jay R. Ferguson as Pat, Noah Galvin as Kenny, Matthew Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi.
Noah Galvin, the 21-year-old actor selected to play the Kenny character, is not only gay but eager to be an advocate for gay rights and defender of a show that took political heat even before ABC decided to pick up the pilot to make a series.
The Real O'Neals was written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Executive producers are David Windsor, Casey Johnson, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott, Todd Holland, Stacy Traub and Dan Savage. The Real O’Neals is produced by ABC Studios.
Like in Savage’s real life, the family patriarch is a Chicago policeman. While Savage’s story was a launching pad, “once we hired our writers, we pulled in their lives and just started exploring our own family miseries,” said David Windsor, another executive producer. Savage is listed as an executive producer. He’s kept in the loop about how the stories are going but doesn’t take an active role in the creative process, Holland said.