The Real O'Neals Cancelled ABC

The Real O'Neals Cancelled at ABC

It’s been real, O’Neals.

ABC has cancelled family sitcom The Real O’Neals after two seasons, TVLine has learned. Noah Galvin starred as gay teen Kenny, whose decision to come out sent shockwaves through his tight-knit Catholic family; Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope) and Jay R. Ferguson (Mad Men) co-starred as Kenny’s parents Eileen and Pat.

O’Neals had an encouraging start to Season 2, landing an order for three additional episodes in November. But by the time it wrapped up its second season in March, it ranked as ABC’s least-watched comedy, averaging just 3.1 million viewers a week. The cancellation ends its series run at a total of 29 episodes.

The writing was on the wall in late March when cast member Matt Shively, who played Kenny’s older brother Jimmy, signed on to play the lead role in NBC’s since-scrapped comedy pilot Spaced Out.

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73 Comments
  1. Van says:

    Sad, but the quality did drop

    • Ray says:

      True. Season one was hilarious. Season two, not so much due to many missteps including the focus on VP Murray and Eileen’s relationship. Still sad, though.

  2. Michael says:

    Not surprising but sad . It was a really good show that deserved better

  3. brady1987 says:

    I am not saddened to see this show go at all. It was beyond disrespectful to have a scene where a statue of the Virgin Mary was over a toilet bowl and two “Catholic” boys who enjoyed watching pornographic films on a laptop computer.

    • Lauren says:

      Yeah those teenage Catholics steer clear of the pornography…

    • Katherine215 says:

      Newsflash: not everyone believes in your god.

    • Chris says:

      Best jokes in the whole show !!!

    • Dante says:

      As a Catholic person the show didn’t bother me one bit, the wife and I actually enjoyed the show and will be sad to see it go.

      There are worse things to get upset about than a tv show.

    • Wes cossey says:

      So let’s dictate what is respectfull according to Catholics as a standard.

    • lewis says:

      Right I’m not being funny or anything but who are you to criticise this amazing show?
      It is funny and very heart warming and there were no cringe moments what so ever, Just funny moments. I am to believe that your catholic as of that comment. NEWS FLASH any film or TV show with Catholics in always discriminates against the LGBTQ community. So when the LGBTQ community take a little bit of a laugh with religion and being gay you get all defensive about it, If you can’t take it then don’t dish it out.

  4. Paul says:

    i’m so heartbroken!

  5. Gareth says:

    It’s sad. It was a good and important comedy that probably would have done better on MTV or the CW. They might have given it a chance like with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. As a gay man, I did feel it had a problem with reinforcing stereotypes though.

  6. Brian says:

    The ratings were bad, but the controversies certainly hurt too. Galvin slamming Colton Haynes coming out story and people (including Grey’s star Sara Ramirez) taking issue with the portrayal of bisexuals.

  7. Kevin Tran says:

    Deserves to get cancelled. Very unfunny with cringe inducing moments.

  8. Mantra720 says:

    Not unhappy with this. Once the lead actor decided to tell other older gay actors who drove things forward so he could take this role snottily that ‘you’re acting wrong’ (but in cruder terms), this show should have recast him. Hope he’s forever in corpse of the week roles in procedurals because of that; he ruined a sure thing show and pretty much sealed its death with his poor attitude.

  9. Jayne L. says:

    Disappointing. It was a funny and heartfelt family comedy, and even if it wasn’t perfect (and couldn’t please everyone in the LGBT community), there is a void with it gone.

  10. Joey says:

    Hopefully now Martha Plimpton winds up on something good.

  11. readenreply says:

    Kenny was self centered brat and not very likable… hard to build a show around that.

    • E. D. Boddy says:

      In other words, he was a teenager. I liked that they resisted the usual cliche of “gay kid is always good, everyone else is the problem.” The reality is ANYONE can be an a-hole.

  12. richard says:

    It should have been on Freeform.

  13. Tomm Huntre says:

    Not a funny show. Not a surprise.

  14. John says:

    Thank god. This was the worst tv show ever.

  15. Emma says:

    Ugh, I really loved this show, especially the mother and son relationship. The Halloween episode with Britney Spears and Beyonce was epic. Why ABC :(

  16. Yay says:

    Good riddance.

  17. Matthew Lawler says:

    I love the show and the fact that it was a positive per trail of coming out and growing up gay and I’m very saddened to see the show canceled

  18. Mike says:

    the blood bath continues at ABC

  19. John036 says:

    okay so when is it being announced that martha plimpton is gonna be on “the good fight”

  20. jr. says:

    I’d like to see a reboot of Raising Hope!

  21. Aeol says:

    I suspected this a few days ago. I have a friend who is a writer on the show, and made some vague, angry comments…

  22. Kris says:

    I’m not sad to see this one get the axe. I didn’t care for it.

  23. Dorkyderk says:

    This is the most disappointing pre-Up Front information released yet!
    Most importantly, these actors are still people. Losing jobs and picking up the pieces of a situation out of their control!
    Hands down the most original and worth sitcom on ABC, and was comprised of a stellar ensemble!
    You won’t find anything like this for a bit guys!

  24. Black-ish is ABC’s lowest rated comedy on Wednesday… often w/ 4.x million. Meanwhile, recently axed Last Man Standing got *better* ratings Fridays than Black-ish. American Housewife just got a season 2. As of this moment, we don’t know about Speechless. Ratings are scattered & critical darlings (Black-ish, Mod Fam) get to skate. Also keep this in mjnd: Equally decrepit The Middle is still always as solid as MF & it’s that snobbish show that picked up a *2* season renewal & cast payraise. Seems to be luck of the draw.

  25. Susan Miller says:

    I loved this show. I really hate that it is cancelled. Maybe America wasn’t ready for such a frank and open view of an openly gay teen.

  26. Ryan says:

    this makes me sad, really loved this show.

  27. I can’t wait to see what project these writers work on next! It was a very funny show that never perfectly gelled but was worth watching.

  28. Cvaleatl says:

    I enjoyed the show when the plot wasn’t about teen dating and sex (straight or gay). Writers seem to easily go there instead of exploring other themes. Today they have everyone past 8 years old trying to hook up with some one and its just tired. Why can’t they write about friendships and getting into messes like I Love Lucy or other great shows? Hollywood alwsys has to stick a romance in every story. Every show is the same with 3 kids all trying to be hot and date. So I stopped watching this sitcom and most others on network tv. All the same.

  29. Jeff says:

    I’m disappointed, I thought the show was hilarious and fresh. Martha Plimpton is always funny. I’ll miss the show.

  30. Chad says:

    I didn’t LOVE this show, but I liked it. I really wish the two primary characters (Eileen and Kenny) had been more likeable. They were the least likeable and sympathetic characters in the whole cast. The other siblings and the dad were FAR better characters. Sorry to see the show end, but not truly devastated. Noah Galvin will work again, I’m sure, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him on Broadway one day with his voice and stage presence.

  31. schmed says:

    I thought the show pretty funny, even if it did lose steam in Season 2, and exceptionally well-cast. But its biggest attraction (for me at least) was the way it combined current ideas about LGBTQ mattters with older views as well, and actually put them in some sort of friendly dialogue. I felt as if the show’s creators were channeling their experiences of a less gay-friendly time and getting a kind of historical do-over.

  32. JOHN MOGHABGHAB says:

    I loved the Real O’Neals & while according to normal ABC standards. It was Brave and the fact that it was about a Male Gay character on Primetime is not done. Also, the fact that his parents, for the most part, were supportive was great. No, it’s not based in most on most of our real lives coming out. But it wasn’t offensive and I liked that the big brother supported his younger brother. I wish some other network would pick it up

  33. Kelli says:

    I absolutely love this show. Every character is genuine gold. I’m seriously sad.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Noah Galvin was the weak link. I didn’t like him or his character.

  35. Mary Ann says:

    I am heartbroken. This show was well-written with likeable characters and terrific actors. It is always about the bottom line – not quality TV.

  36. William Michaels says:

    Great show! Too bad

  37. J says:

    I am so sad that The Real O’Neals was cancelled. My best friend and I watched this together every week. It was such a funny clever show. I love how Kenny’s family loves him and each other completely. I love how their faith is deep and they find a way for it to be a comfort to them instead of a source of misery. I love how they accept each other’s quirks. I will so miss this show

  38. sad fan says:

    I will seriously miss this show!! This is a tough pill to swallow for me. I laughed my ass off every week. The show was amazingly cast and was very funny and fresh. I wish it was returning in the fall.

  39. Ann says:

    The show was hilarious! Witty & fun… all the characters were fun to watch in their own way. Wish there were more episodes to watch(…ahem… Netflix?). I guess will have to watch these 2 seasons over and over again….

  40. Escape Goat says:

    Ugh. I loved this show. They (networks) keep taking all my favorite shows away too soon! First Raising Hope, now this. What else is left on local stations?

  41. and the bachelor show is still on? American Idol coming back! Yuck! I don’t like the religion but this was one funny show.

  42. licenseplateroom says:

    Heartbreaking. This show had incredibly smart writing and fine acting. It never took itself too seriously while also being respectful of and speaking for the LBGTQ community. Long gone are the days when networks would give shows time to really build a following.

  43. Carlos says:

    The Real O’Neals could have defined themselves further with a third season. They had so many characters set up during the seasons 1 and 2, that the third season could have been the charm! It’s so sad to see this witty gem go!

  44. Alex Nieves says:

    I’m really going to miss the show.
    :,,(

  45. rooz1202 says:

    I’m so bummed that this show was cancelled. My kids and I LOVE this show. Regardless of what you may believe in or support, ultimately it was about a family who loved and supported each other through everything. And they did so hilariously! :)

  46. Kristoffer says:

    I want The Real O’neals to continue. African American and young gay shows gets dumped so fast.

  47. Laura says:

    I loved the show, every member of the show was so unique, I even loved VP Murray’s mother, it’s so sad that they canceled this show, which gave you laugh, especially Kenny with his one liners, but they keep a show about a dysfunctional family, “The Kardasian” still going.

  48. Taylor Marie says:

    i loved this tv show ;-; it made me laugh and cry for all the good reasons kenny was such an inspiration to everyone that is struggling with this kinda thing its a shame to cancel this show :'(

  49. Marquez says:

    Love Love Love the show, please don’t cancel.

  50. GPB says:

    I love this sitcom and the acting is amazing.