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ABC Officially Picks Up Dan Savage Sitcom ‘The Real O’Neals’ Despite Protests

ABC Officially Picks Up Dan Savage Sitcom 'The Real O'Neals' Despite Protests

Despite attacks from religious and conservative organizations, ABC is going ahead with Dan Savage’s “The Real O’Neals,” picking it up to series for this fall. The show — about the aftermath of a son coming out in a Catholic family — got Tony Perkins and Brent Bozell, presidents of The Media Research Center and Family Research Council all up in a tizzy, with the AP reporting “their members have sent more than 21,000 postcards and made more than 4,000 telephone calls” demanding ABC cancel the show altogether.

Bozell said it apparently wasn’t Dan Savage’s sexuality that was their major concern. “They’re choosing him for his signature, which is religious bigotry and personal offensiveness, not because he’s gay,” he said. “There are a thousand and one gay people they could have chosen.”

Good on ABC for ignoring that ridiculousness and going ahead with it anyway. 

The show’s synopsis via Deadline:

A contemporary take on a seemingly perfect Catholic 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,  Mathew Shively as Jimmy, Bebe Wood as Shannon and Mary Hollis Inboden as Jodi.

“The Real O’Neals” was written by David Windsor and Casey Johnson. Executive producers are David Windsor, Casey Johnson, Brian Pines, Dan McDermott and Dan Savage. “The Real O’Neals” is produced by ABC Studios

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