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ABC’s ‘The Real O’Neals’ Tackles Catholicism

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by Kate O’Hare via CatholicVote.org

… through the lens of gay activist and ex-Catholic Dan Savage, who is an executive producer on this midseason comedy based on his life.

It’s hard to describe what goes on in it, except to say that it’s a savage, if you will, caricature of a Catholic family and the Faith, where the parents are divorcing, one son has anorexia, the daughter runs a fake charity and the son pictured in the middle is gay. Oh, and there’s a Virgin Mary statue over the toilet. View a sneak peak here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FDEW9qoZ6A

At the ABC new-season presentation for advertisers in New York City today, Tuesday, May 12, ABC entertainment chief Paul Lee said the show might be “too real for me” since “I’m married to an Irish Catholic.” He wants to pair it on Tuesdays at midseason with “Fresh Off the Boat.”

By the way, each year, latenight host Jimmy Kimmel comes out at the presentation and comedically savages his own network, and today was no exception. At the end of his monologue, Kimmel brought out his adorable 10-month-old daughter, Jane. He said he thought she might be pooping, and then remarked:

“We could sell that poop to them. They buy that kind of thing.”

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

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