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 Vulture.com.
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.’