|Posted by Anna H. on May 3, 2017 at 6:30 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? Yesterday afternoon, I watched my local CBS News and learned that Hollywood's writers' strike has been "avoided." Meaning, the strike won't be happening. Hollywood reached its deadline by negotiating a deal with writers.
In case you missed my previous blog about this potential writers' strike, you can read it HERE.
In that same blog, I said that I was worried about the 2 primetime shows I watched on ABC (Fresh Off The Boat and The Real O'Neals). It appears that 1 of these 2 shows HAS been canceled. However, ABC has been stalling with the news.
While websurfing and doing Google searches over the last 2 months and as of last night, it has somewhat been confirmed that The Real O'Neals has been canceled.
When you scroll down the page of the above article from TV Series Finale, it reads:
"O F F I C I A L S T A T U S
As of May 3, 2017, The Real O’Neals has not been cancelled or renewed for a third season. Stay tuned for further updates."
Below that same update, Telly Vulture said in the article:
"ABC could renew it for a third season but I suspect they’ll cancel it instead and find something new to fill the timeslot.... Two of the actors have been cast in new pilots (here and here). Not a good sign."
What's taking ABC so long to confirm that they canceled The Real O'Neals? Why has the network been sitting on this information for the last 2-3 months?
Fans of The Real O'Neals already feared that ABC canceled the sitcom long before its so-called "season finale." Before the sitcom's premiere last March, there was so much controversy regarding its plot being about this dysfunctional Irish Catholic family from Chicago, IL with a gay, socially inept, teenage boy as the protagonist.
The Christian zealots and some within the GLBT community took offense to The Real O'Neals. They hated that the sitcom was mocking Christians, including Irish Catholics and there were some within the GLBT, who hated the fact, that the protagonist was living up to the negative stereotypes about homosexuals.
It is understandable why both sides took strong offense to The Real O'Neals as an ABC sitcom. The whole show and its characters were very contrived, which helped make it funny for us fans. At the same time, both sides need to lighten the fuck up. The Real O'Neals was meant to be satirical.
As a viewer, I am still VERY shocked that The Real O'Neals made it beyond its pilot. This is especially since the protagonist was a gay teenage boy. Over 20 years ago, I noticed a pattern with most primetime shows that got canceled, most specifically ABC's primetime shows.
Normally, I try remaining very apolitical ESPECIALLY online because politics is such a divisive and heated topic. Although, I can't deny the political bias and propaganda on most neworks. ABC may be an extremely Liberal Democratic network, but it is almost always quick to cancel a TV show whenever homosexual characters become the focus of a show, or happened to be introduced.
ABC typically canceled primetime TV shows, which featured homosexual characters in the '90s. Relativity, My So-Called Life, and Ellen, which was originally titled "These Friends of Mine" in 1994, are actually 3 examples I can list from the top of my head. Supposedly, all these ABC shows had "low ratings" or their ratings "declined."
Sounds rather convenient, if not suspicious to me.
Before canceling The Real O'Neals, the actor Noah Galvin, who played the protagonist Kenny O'Neal, accused Modern Family's, Eric Stonestreet of perpetuating stereotypes through caricature in a Vulture interview.
To make matters worse, Noah Galvin went as far as calling Arrow's Colton Haynes' interview with Entertainment Weekly about his coming out "fucking pussy bullshit." Then, Galvin accused director Bryan Singer of preying on underaged boys.
Obviously, the actor of The Real O'Neals has a growing rap sheet, when it comes to insulting other gay actors from other primetime shows. He caused a major backlash for The Real O'Neals.
ABC threatened to cut the sitcom's episode order short for its 2nd season, until an executive producer convinced ABC not to do so. Now, ABC is denying the threats.
Because of the remarks, that the star made about other gay actors from other shows, The Real O'Neals WAS suppose to have only 13 episodes like it's 1st season. Luckily, 3 more episodes were ordered which made it 16.
As I watched the final minutes of The Real O'Neals, I could automatically hear its Swan Song in the narration. Kenny's older brother (played by Matt Shively) was reading his Letter of Recommendation for the college he applied to.
From where I am sitting, ABC LOVES bullshitting their own viewers. Regardless of your political or religious views, the network much like most networks today lack integrity. This is all the more reason why I watch LESS shows on TV.
The cancelation of The Real O'Neals leaves me with ONLY 3 primetime shows I watch, during the week. With the way my list of primetime TV shows will look this fall, I will have American Dad, Fresh Off The Boat, and Hawaii Five-0 to watch on weeknights.
The above primetime TV shows I named do NOT include animated TV shows, that I regularly watch on the weekends. I may have an estimated 6 shows total, now that Grimm and The Real O'Neals are over.
Therefore, I will have either more time online like I had over a decade ago, or more time watching MTV Classic during primetime. As a fan of The Real O'Neals, I can say, that I am disappointed in ABC for punishing the entire cast of the sitcom and Noah Galvin for NOT cocking his brains before shooting his mouth. Had he shut up, the show MAY have gotten a 3rd season.
Anyway, what are your thoughts about the cancelation of ABC's The Real O'Neals?
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