Thursday, March 03, 2016

"The Real O'Neals" premiers on ABC, sandwiches around "Modern Family", with a Catholic family and a gay son

The first two half-hour episodes of “The Real O’Neals” , created by Casey Johnson and David Windsor, premiered on ABC Wednesday March 2, 2016, sandwiched around “Modern Family”.

An Irish Catholic family in Louisiana is startled when the youngest son, Kenny, around 16 or so (Noah Galvin) tells everyone that he’s gay.  Slowly the bonds of the family will strengthen.

The other characters include a police officer father Pat (Jay R. Ferguson), the Catholic matriarch Eileen (Martha Plimpton), who is not afraid to ground kids until confess they believe in god, and older brother Jimmy (Matt Shivey), athletic but anorexic, and the youngest girl Shannon (Bebe Wood) who will question her faith at 14.

The first episode is simply “Pilot” and the second is “The Real Papaya”.  A girl friend wants Kenny to sleep with her (for her first time) because he is “safe”.  Kenny is portrayed to be as appealing an male in a subtle sense as possible.

It does seem more common for second sons to be gay in families, maybe because of epi-genetic influences.

The ABC site is here but the cable-verify-to-watch does not work yet (mid-afternoon March 3).

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