The Real O’Neals “The Real Retreat” #TheRealONeals

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Noah Galvin, Jay R. Ferguson, Matt Shively, Mary Hollis Inboden, and Executive Producers Casey Johnson, David Windsor & Stacy Traub Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

The Real O’Neals- “The Real Retreat” airs Tuesday May 3rd (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network

Tonight’s episode of The Real O’Neals is another funny one, probably because they’re all hysterical. We had the opportunity to screen it a few weeks ago when we were in Los Angeles for the #CaptainAmericaEvent and the #ABCTVEvent as well as interview The Real O’Neals Executive Producers Casey Johnson (@trocaseyjohnson), David Windsor (@dwindsor789) & Stacy Traub (@stoocytroob). You can read the first part of our The Real O’Neals cast interviews here.

Here’s a little synopsis of the episode:

When Jimmy is unexpectedly named Faith Leader for the weekend at the Catholic Youth Retreat, a jealous Kenny decides to take on his older brother’s role as ring leader of the bad kids. Home alone without the kids, Pat invites a new lady friend over, and Eileen can’t help but enlist Jodi to spy on them, with surprising results.



All 3 kids attend a Catholic Youth Retreat in this episode but have very different experiences.

 NOAH GALVIN (ABC/Kevin Estrada)

NOAH GALVIN (ABC/Kevin Estrada)

Kenny enjoys being the rebel while Jimmy takes on the role of Faith Leader.



Pat and Eileen fight over their new friend which includes a funny karaoke sing-off. I LOVED THIS PART! I dare you not to sing along!


Executive Producers Casey Johnson, David Windsor & Stacy Traub Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

We had the opportunity to chat with the Executive Producers Casey Johnson, David Windsor & Stacy Traub and here are some things we learned:

Originally the idea came was based on Dan Savage’s life

The original spark of the idea was based on Dan Savage’s life-  Jacob’s Ladder and Savage Love.  So he grew up in Chicago in an Irish Catholic family and was gay so we took that idea and expanded it into this show.  And then started folding in all of our experiences.We had an amazing staff of writers, a lot of whom were gay. We just wanted to make an impact. We wanted to be as authentic as we could, so we were very careful at putting that stuff together.There are many things- Stacy was divorced, David grew up with two gay dads. So this issue has always been really important to him and to us.  We kind of fold in our own personal experience. ~Casey Johnson

Most of the feedback the show has received has been positive-

We feel like most of the negative has been from people who haven’t really watched the show but just know what it’s about or have gone in wanting to hate it.  But if you believe tweets, which I do and I’ve been watching the live tweeting every week, the response has been so positive and lovely. Kids seeing themselves in the Kenny character, Moms seeing themselves like oh I had that. I think a lot of moms have like a daughter like Shannon. That smart girl and I know I had that.  So they’ll respond ‘oh  man I just had a conversation like that with my daughter’ and I’ll be like yeah me too.  I feel like people who are open minded and like willing to see it for what it is have been really enjoying it. ~Stacey Traub

They are winning over even the skeptics.

There’s been a lot of people on Twitter especially, saying I wasn’t I wasn’t excited about the show but I recognized someone in my family.  Or that’s me.  Or it’s making me laugh. It’s been happening more and more. ~David Windsor

There was a review just last week where the guy said, “I went into this skeptical, with skepticism, but after watching a couple episodes, I fell for it.”  I think we did have to win a few people over. We’ve also gotten some tweets from some kids who have said I’ve just watched the show and decided to come out to my parents.  Which is really gratifying for us, because that was kind of beyond what we saw as the opportunity for story and comedy. We thought this is a show that could help some people.  Anything kids that aren’t that far along or aren’t in a safe place where they can do that, at least watching the show I think will help them feel like I’m not alone, you know, I recognize myself in that character. And that’s been so gratifying for us to feel like we’re giving people that. ~Casey Johnson

Also there was a show a few years ago called The McCarthy’s where they also were Irish and the lead was gay and it was about their family. And I think they were like oh it’s just that show again.  So some people went in a little skewed. We had certain people that were Catholic and told us that they came to it a little bit wary but then once they saw it, were laughing because they saw themselves in the characters or the priest reminded them of their priest or things like that.  So it’s been positive, you know. ~Stacey Traub

The characters and Catholic family portrayed in the show are relatable and not polarizing.

I also really love the Jimmy character. There’s been lots of tweets like ‘I wish I had a brother like that’- underneath it they are difficult subjects, but underneath this his family loves each other, supports each other, and in every episode that’s reinforced.That’s also great, I think for people to see. It’s difficult, it’s not easy but in the end we support each other.  ~Casey Johnson

I’m Jewish and I relate,  a controlling mother is a controlling mother, it doesn’t matter what religion you are.  So what I think is interesting about them being Catholic is it does make it more difficult, what’s happening to all of them. My daughter who’s eleven loves the show, she’s not a boy, you know, maybe she’s gay, I don’t know.  But I think kids can also watch this show and see themselves in this character because he’s just a kid who’s trying to figure himself out, figure out who he is in the world.  So I think the specificity actually makes it universal. Its what gives it the comedy but I think everyone- any big family or anyone with that kind of mom can see themselves.  So no it’s not polarizing. ~Stacey Traub

Make sure to catch up on The Real O’Neals on ABC and watch new episodes Tuesdays at 8:30 EST on ABC.

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The Real O’Neals- “The Real Book Club” airs Tuesday April 19 (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network

Tonight’s episode of The Real O’Neals is a really funny one. We had the opportunity to screen it last week when we were in Los Angeles for the #CaptainAmericaEvent and the #ABCTVEvent as well as interview several of the cast members Noah Galvin (“Kenny” – @Noahegalvin), Jay R. Ferguson (“Pat” – @jrfergjr), Matt Shively (“Jimmy” – @MattShively1), Mary Hollis Inboden (“Jodi” – @maryhollis)

Here’s a little synopsis of the episode:

Eileen faces her book club for the first time after her family’s “outing,” but things take a surprising turn when instead of shunning her the ladies begin opening up – way too much – about their own problems. Kenny’s first trip to the “gayborhood” coffee shop is everything he’d hoped for, until Pat tags along with him to a gay dodge ball match.

“Really at its core it’s a family.  It’s a family that is going through the same things that all families go through. We just have a little more color to our family.”  Jay R. Ferguson

Jay’s quote sums up the show so well. While viewers might not experience the same exact problems and situations that the O’Neals do yet it is so relateable. I’m not Catholic, I’m not getting a divorce (thank G-d), yet I can relate to trying to seem like I have it all together like Eileen. I think most people will be able to relate to so much of the show.


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Eileen’s friends don’t shun her and instead open up to her which is great at first until they start to share a little too much.


(ABC/Vivian Zink)

Pat takes Kenny to the Rainbow Grind gay coffee shop. Will Kenny find “his people” in the coffee shop?


(ABC/Vivian Zink)

Gay dodge ball. WHAT? Yes, gay dodge ball! So funny! See what happens when Pat hits the court.


Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

One of the first things I noticed about the actors we met from The Real O’Neals was just how well they all got along. Their rapport with each other was captured so well in the pictures below but it’s not just for show. Mary Hollis Inboden and Matt Shively told us how they all have so much fun together that they hang out with each other even off set when they aren’t filming. This is pretty rare for a cast as Mary shared, “We love our show, we feel very fortunate to be working because we’re actors and that’s hard to get jobs. And it’s really hard to get on a show where you really love everybody.  And we really do.” “It’s next to impossible. You should see our text conversations. We have a group text conversation that dates back to when we first started and it’s thousands, thousands of texts.” Matt interjected.

“There are six starring cast members of this show and that’s a huge group for everybody to get along as well as we do, we can’t stop hanging out with each other in our off time,” ~Mary.


Matt Shively and Mary Hollis Inboden Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

None of the cast had met or done a chemistry read or anything before they were hired. They all got their parts and then the first time they ever met each other was at the table read when they were ready to shoot the pilot. Matt told us, “ABC did a really good job at being like ‘well they’re probably work well together’. It was really crazy.”


Mary Hollis Inboden Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

How precious is Mary Hollis Inboden?!?!? She was so friendly and funny. It was like talking to an old friend. She’s so sweet she has responded to several of my tweets. She has a background in comedy and has lots of one liners in this episode as Matt pointed out.


Matt Shively Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Matt is so cute in real life and his hair is much better than his character Jimmy’s hair. He joked that we should start a twitter campaign to get the show to change his hair. Mary told us that she thinks Matt is the best improviser on the show which is fine with Matt. He loves that the producers let him do his own thing. He goes rogue all the time and it works according to Mary.  In fact Matt’s even helped Noah go a little rogue, too- “When Noah would get like nervous and be like ‘I think I want to say this or I want to do that’ I’m like ‘Just do it. Do it the way they wrote it a couple times and then on the third shot just say whatever you want.  A lot of the times they’ll end up liking it more because it comes from your head and you are your character, so just let it happen’.”  


Noah Galvin and Jay R.Ferguson Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Noah Galvin and Jay R. Ferguson also have a special bond and rapport with each other. They are so close that Noah rents Jay’s guest house and they carpool to work together. Noah and Jay also reiterated how they all hang out socially when they aren’t working.


Noah Galvin Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Noah was so adorable. He told us that while he has favorite moments in each episode, his favorite episode is the grandma episode and I have to agree with him. That one is my favorite, too. If you haven’t seen it yet, go watch it online! It is hysterical. We asked Noah what he likes best about his character and he told us. “I like that he’s more book smart and I’m a little more street smart.  He’s like a little naïve. I’d say he’s like a true middle child he has aspects of both his siblings.  He has like Jimmy’s naiveté without being a downright idiot, he has Shannon’s like book smarts without being manipulative like she is.”


Jay R. Ferguson Photo Credit- Coralie Seright from Lovebugs and Postcards

Jay  was asked what he likes about his character and this is what he said, “One of the main reasons I was so excited about the show selfishly for my character was a dad that didn’t react in what we’ve come to know as kind of the stereotypical way of reacting to these types of situations, namely one of his sons coming out as gay.  He was the antithesis really of what we’ve come to know. He wasn’t angry.  He didn’t try to talk him out of it. I believe is a more contemporary modern version of how fathers do react to that sort of news nowadays  in this world that we’re living in.  To see that represented on television is a real privilege to get to play that.”

Make sure to keep an eye out for my next post on The Real O’Neals where we interview the Executive Producers of the show. Have you seen The Real O’Neals? What is YOUR favorite episode?

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (5/6/15) #CaptainAmericaEvent #TeamIronMan

The first night we arrive in Los Angeles we will be screening Captain America: Civil War. I am so excited! Part of our pre-trip “homework” was to rewatch most of the other Marvel movies- IRON MAN, THE INCREDIBLE HULK, IRON MAN 2, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS, IRON MAN 3, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and ANT-MAN. This was the best homework assignment I have ever done! All of the bloggers were asked to pick a side- #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan and I of course chose Team Iron Man. I’ll admit I have a little crush on Robert Downey Jr. so I’m hoping he’s one of the stars we will be interviewing. We should find out any day now who the stars from Captain America: Civil War that we’ll be interviewing. Which side would you be on #TeamIronMan or #TeamCap?

Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire  for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Get ready to pick a side and join the nonstop action playing out on two fronts when Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in U.S. theaters on May 6, 2016.

It looks so good:

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The Family- Sundays 9/8c on ABC #TheFamily #ABCTVEvent 10553667_10107968051682374_7425827960568348596_o

In The Family this thriller follows the return of a politician’s young son who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. As the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his family, suspicions emerge—is he really who he says he is?

Have you been watching The Family? I love it! It is dark and twisty and keeps you guessing. Who can you trust? Who’s guilty? And what happened to Adam? We will be joining Jenna Bans (@jennabans), the creator & executive producer of ABC’s new drama, “The Family” (Sundays at 9/8c), as well as  Zach Gilford (“Danny”), Alison Pill (“Willa”), Floriana Lima (“Bridey” – @florianalima), for a family-style dinner. During dinner we will be live tweeting episode 7. We will also get a special sneak preview of episode 8 and have a Q&A session with the stars and Ms. Bans. Make sure to follow along on twitter and I’ll ask whatever questions you may have.

The Catch- Thursdays 10/9c on ABC #TheCatch #ABCTVEvent #TGIT


The newest addition to #TGIT on ABC is “The Catch” (from the producers of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder”).  Alice Vaughan is LA’s top private investigator, but when her fiancé Benjamin Jones cons her out of millions and disappears, she goes on a private mission for payback stopping at nothing to catch her man.

While in LA we will get to go behind the scenes of The Catch which is one of my new favorite shows. It is an excitingly delicious cat and mouse game and I just love it. There are lots of twists and turns and I’m certainly hooked. I can’t wait to show you all the behind the scenes pictures and details! If you’re not watching The Catch, you should be!

The Real O’Neals- Tuesdays 8:30/7:30c on ABC #TheRealONeals


The Real O’Neals is a fresh take on a seemingly perfect 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.

I already love The Goldbergs and black-ish (you can see where I went behind the scenes of black-ish here) so it’s not surprise that my new favorite comedy is The Real O’Neals. Last night’s episode was hysterical. We will screening a few upcoming episodes and then and doing interviews with Noah Galvin, (“Kenny” – @Noahegalvin), Jay R. Ferguson (“Pat” – @jrfergjr), Matt Shively (“Jimmy” –@MattShively1), Mary Hollis Inboden (“Jodi” –@maryhollis) and Executive Producers Casey Johnson (@trocaseyjohnson), David Windsor (@dwindsor789) & Stacy Traub (@stoocytroob). Have any questions for them that you’d like me to ask?

Adventures in Babysitting (coming soon to The Disney Channel) #AdventuresInBabysitting


In “Adventures in Babysitting,” a dull evening for two competing babysitters, Jenny (Sabrina Carpenter) and Lola (Sofia Carson), turns into an adventure in the big city as they hunt for one of the kids who somehow snuck away. 

We will also get a sneak peek at the upcoming Disney Channel Original Movie “Adventures in Babysitting” inspired by the hugely popular 1980s film of the same name. Starring are Sabrina Carpenter (of Disney Channel’s hit comedy series “Girl Meets World”) and Sofia Carson (of the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants”). My daughters were so excited when they found out I’d be interviewing and taking pictures with Sabrina Carpenter (“Jenny” -@SabrinaAnnLynn) & Sofia Carson (“Luci” -@SofiaCarson). Sabrina Carpenter is my older daughter’s favorite singer!

THE JUNGLE BOOK (4/15/16) #JungleBook

35627A14-AA5C-4C21-851F-3098BEA5AA4D One final surprise was added to our trip. We will also be screening Disney’s new live action movie, The Jungle Book.

Directed by Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”), based on Rudyard Kipling’s timeless stories and inspired by Disney’s classic animated film, “The Jungle Book” is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. But Mowgli finds he is no longer welcome in the jungle when fearsome tiger Shere Khan (voice of Idris Elba), who bears the scars of Man, promises to eliminate what he sees as a threat. Urged to abandon the only home he’s ever known, Mowgli embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery, guided by panther-turned-stern mentor Bagheera (voice of Ben Kingsley), and the free-spirited bear Baloo (voice of Bill Murray). Along the way, Mowgli encounters jungle creatures who don’t exactly have his best interests at heart, including Kaa (voice of Scarlett Johansson), a python whose seductive voice and gaze hypnotizes the man-cub, and the smooth-talking King Louie (voice of Christopher Walken), who tries to coerce Mowgli into giving up the secret to the elusive and deadly red flower: fire. The all-star cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of the fiercely protective mother wolf Raksha, and Giancarlo Esposito asthe voice of wolf pack’s alpha male Akela. “The Jungle Book” seamlessly blends live-action with photorealistic CGI animals and environments, using up-to-the-minute technology and storytelling techniques to immerse audiences in an enchanting and lush world. Thewild adventure swings into theaters in 3D on April 15, 2016.

If you have any questions you want me to ask while on this trip please let me know!

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