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It’s official: ‘The Real O’Neals’ is canceled

ABC has officially canceled The Real O’Neals after two low-rated seasons. It’s such a pity because it was a wonderful show.

The family comedy based on sex columnist Dan Savage’s childhood prominently featured a gay teenaged son in a Catholic family.

It starred Noah Galvin as the gay teen, Martha Plimpton as the mom, Jay R. Ferguson as the dad, Matthew Shively as the older son and Bebe Wood as the daughter.

Fans had engaged in a Twitter campaign to try and save the show to no avail.

The show’s pilot episode made clear this was not a typical family sitcom.

The Irish-Catholic family’s perfect image was shattered when each family member has a secret revealed: middle child Kenny is gay, oldest child Jimmy is anorexic, youngest child Shannon is running a money scam and might be atheist, and parents Eileen and Pat are getting divorced.

Subsequent episodes explored the new family dynamic as Pat and Eileen separate and everyone reconciles Kenny’s sexuality with their faith.

The series got the most attention for headlines Galvin made last year by giving an explosive interview to

In it the openly gay actor slammed Colton Haynes for the manner in which the actor came out last year, dissed Eric Stonestreet’s gay portrayal on Modern Family and accused director-producer Bryan Singer of inviting ‘little boys over to his pool and diddle them in the f-cking dark of night.’

But what may have had ABC the most furious is what Galvin had to say about the network. He was critical of ABC for waiting until the last minute to renew the so-so rated sitcom. The actor, an unknown before the series, described it as an ‘abusive waiting period.’

He then issued a detailed apology for his ‘brazen and hurtful comments.’

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5 Remarks

  1. Well this kid has learned a hard lesson. Its really not smart to lash out like that towards the network that your working for. Also to slam other’s for how they come out or what not. No one’s coming out stories are going to be the same. How a person portrays a gay character on tv is up to the actor and those involved in creating the character. Although, he did issue an apology after the fact it will still follow him though. If he’s looking to make a go in Hollywood then its going to be hard for awhile as producers might not want to work with someone like him with his attitude.

  2. Shame-I quite enjoyed it.

  3. The show broke ground and I really wanted to like it. Yet it was hard sitting through the characterization. Although loved the episode with Robbie Rogers’ bathroom cameo. Oh well…

  4. Actually the show was great. He was the least interesting thing about it. His castmates were brilliant. He was one note whiny. Learning about his real life personality made him hard to take. Everyone else was delightfu.

  5. I strongly feel not only was Galvin’s delivery of the script & his character personality comical & truly representative of gay community topics, but also it was an effective way to bring gay struggles visibly to the forefront of conservative parents & politicians that otherwise don’t understand the need for a Federal Equality Act to save youth who shouldn’t be thinking of suicide stemming from family religion forced upon them. But he chose agressive verbal path outside the show for reasons we may not be privy to & they were a learning experience 4 him that should have no effect on the show’s 3rd season. Multiple writers were slotted to develop the script, not only Dan Savage. ABC should reconsider, just as TLC “19 Kids & Counting” recovered & aired after Josh’s major sex scandle. Lets not punish the Oneal cast for 1 star’s unrelated misgivings!

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