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TCA: CBS’ ‘The McCarthys’ Too “Dark” As Single-Cam Comedy, Says Creator Brian Gallivan

By | Thursday July 17, 2014 @ 12:51pm PDT

TCA: CBS’ ‘The McCarthys’ Too “Dark” As Single-Cam Comedy, Says Creator Brian GallivanBrian Gallivan began a Q&A for his semi-autobiographical CBS sitcom The McCarthys by announcing his family never actually had a DUI, and never carried a dead man’s baby. Addressing TV critics at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2014, Gallivan said he’d explained to his family that a TV comedy requires the characters have flaws –  so he had to add them, and “that sitcoms also require heartwarming moments so I had to add those.” His family has not yet seen the pilot, and won’t until the series debuts on CBS because, he said, he’d like to continue his relationship with his family until then.

2014 Summer TCA Tour - Day 10The McCarthys revolves around a big, sports-crazed Irish Catholic family in Boston, and the gay son (Tyler Ritter) who is anxious to spend less time with them.

The series was first shot as a single-camera pilot for the season previous to the one that just wrapped, Gallivan said “because my family expresses love through insulting each other and being hateful….” The single-cam format wound up being too dark.
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Pamela Fryman Joins CBS Comedy Series ‘The McCarthys’ As Exec Producer/Director

By | Wednesday June 11, 2014 @ 3:44pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

pamfrymanAfter nine seasons as director/executive producer on How I Met Your Mother, Pamela Fryman is joining a new multi-camera CBS comedy series in the same capacity, The McCarthys. Fryman will direct eight episodes of the show’s initial 12-episode order. The McCarthys, from creator Brian Gallivan, Sony TV, CBS TV Studios and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment, landed a series pickup after retooling the original single-camera pilot from last season into a multi-camera version with a revamped cast, which was directed by Andy Ackerman. Sony TV-based Mike Sikowitz joined the project at the pilot stage earlier this year and will continue as showrunner. Sikowitz, Gallivan, Fryman and Gluck executive produce. The McCarthys revolves around a big, sports-crazed Irish Catholic clan in Boston and the gay son (Tyler Ritter) whose greatest sin is not his sexuality, but his desire to spend less time with his family. This past season, Fryman directed three comedy pilots and was slated to executive produce and direct the HIMYM spinoff, How I Met Your Dad, but had to pull out because of a family emergency. That project is still alive and would possibly undergo tweaks. Fryman is with ICM Partners, which also reps Sikowitz.

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Mike Sikowitz Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The McCarthys’ As Showrunner

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 5:26pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

mikesijowitzMike Sikowitz has taken on his first assignment under the rich new overall deal he just signed with Sony Pictures Television. The comedy writer-producer has joined the studio’s CBS multi-camera comedy pilot The McCarthys as executive producer/showrunner. The McCarthys, from Sony TV and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment, was retooled as multi-camera after shooting a single-camera pilot last season. Written/co-executive produced by Brian Gallivan, The McCarthys revolves around a big, sports-crazed Irish Catholic clan in Boston and the gay son (Tyler Ritter) whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. Sikowitz will exec produce alongside Olive Bridge’s Gluck and Richie Schwartz. This marks a return to multi-camera comedy and to CBS for Sikowitz, who previously served as executive producer on Sony’s long-running CBS comedy series Rules Of Engagement. He is repped by ICM Partners and Michael Gendler.

Related: ABC Buys Family Comedy From Brian Gallivan And Will Gluck With Major Penalty

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Tyler Ritter To Play The Lead In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The McCarthys’

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 8:37am PST
Nellie Andreeva

rittertylerEXCLUSIVE: Tyler Ritter is following in the footsteps of his father, the late John Ritter, with a starring role on a multi-camera comedy. Tyler has been cast as the lead in CBS’ new pilot for The McCarthys, from Sony TV and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment. The comedy is being retooled as multi-camera after shooting a single-camera pilot last season. Written/co-executive produced by Brian Gallivan, The McCarthys revolves around a big, sports-crazed Irish Catholic clan in Boston and the gay son (Ritter) whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. This marks the biggest role to date for Ritter whose father toplined such sitcoms as Three’s Company and 8 Simple Rules. Tyler’s older brother, Jason Ritter, already has several series under his belt, including The Event and Parenthood. Tyler is repped by UTA and Principal Entertainment.

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Kelen Coleman Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘McCarthys’, Fox’s ‘Fatrick’ Finds Lead

By | Wednesday January 15, 2014 @ 5:48pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

colemanKelen Coleman has been cast in CBS’ new pilot for The McCarthys, from Sony TV and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment. The comedy is being retooled as multi-camera after shooting a single-camera pilot last season. Written/co-executive produced by Brian Gallivan, McCarthys revolves around a big, sports-crazed Irish Catholic clan in Boston and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. Coleman, repped by Gersh, 3 Arts and Scott Whitehead, plays the daughter, Jackie McCarthy, who is roommates with her gay brother. Read More »

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Jack Cutmore-Scott Joins Fox Matt Hubbard Pilot, Jimmy Dunn Cast In CBS’ ‘McCarthys’

By | Monday January 6, 2014 @ 6:04pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

scottYoung Broadway actor Jack Cutmore-Scott is set to co-star opposite Bonnie Dennison in Fox‘s multi-camera comedy pilot created/executive produced by Matt Hubbard and exec producer by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Directed/exec produced by Pam Fryman, the untitled comedy, which has a series penalty, is set at a women’s college that begins accepting men for the first time in its history. Cutmore-Scott, repped by Don Buchwald and Associates, Management 360 and Kate Buckley in London, will play Charlie Deckard, a wealthy, Kennedy-esque young man who joins the women at Cabot College, much to the chagrin of Thena (Dennison). He is currently filming the Untitled Matthew Vaughn feature.

Jimmy_DunnJimmy Dunn has been cast in CBS’ new pilot for The McCarthys, from Sony TV and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment. The comedy is being retooled as multi-camera after shooting a single-camera pilot last season. Written/co-executive produced by Brian Gallivan, The McCarthys revolves around a big, sports-crazed Irish Catholic clan in Boston and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. Dunn will play one of the sons, the dim and a little chubby Sean McCarthy, who lives in an attic room off of his brother Gerard’s third-floor apartment. Dunn, repped  by Gersh and manager Johnny Lampert, is reprising the role he played in the original pilot after retesting for it. … Read More »

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Laurie Metcalf To Star In CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The McCarthys’

By | Tuesday December 31, 2013 @ 9:19am PST
Nellie Andreeva

lauriemetcalfEXCLUSIVE: Comedy veteran Laurie Metcalf is set to star opposite Jack McGee and Joey McIntyre in CBS’ new pilot for half-hour The McCarthys, from Sony TV and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment. The project is being retooled as a multi-camera comedy after shooting a single-camera pilot last season. For Metcalf, the casting is formally in second position to HBO’s Getting On. Metcalf toplines the hospital comedy based on a British format, which just wrapped its six-episode freshman run and is not very likely to continue, though HBO has not made a decision yet. Written/co-executive produced by Brian Gallivan, The McCarthys revolves around a big Irish Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. Metcalf will play the clan’s loving mother Marjorie McCarthy, who has no filter and loves having her gay son keep her company when her husband (McGee) and other kids are off coaching basketball games. The role was played by Jacki Weaver in the original pilot. McGee and McIntyre, who plays one of the sons, are the only original cast members who stayed on for the new pilot. Gluck is exec producing; Richie Schwartz co-exec producing. Metcalf already has a presence on CBS – she recurs as Sheldon Cooper’s (Jim Parsons) mother on hit The Big Bang Theory.

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ABC Buys Family Comedy From Brian Gallivan And Will Gluck With Major Penalty

By | Tuesday August 27, 2013 @ 9:33am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, a single-camera comedy from The McCarthys creator Brian Gallivan has landed at ABC with a significant, high seven-figure penalty. The untitled project reunites the auspices behind CBS pilot The McCarthys: writer/executive producer Gallivan, Sony TV and executive producer Will Gluck and his Sony-based Olive Bridge Prods. The new project centers on an overworked father dreaming of being “on vacation all year” who decides to uproot his family from the city and move them to New Hampshire where they open a group of tourist cottages. And where they rarely, if ever, feel like they’re on vacation. Gallivan, who hails from New England (he grew up in the Boston area where he taught middle school language arts before embarking on a comedy career), will write the script and will executive produce with Gluck and Olive Bridge’s Richie Schwartz. For Gallivan, the project stems from an overall deal he signed with Sony TV in May. Meanwhile McCarthys, originally developed and picked up to pilot by CBS last season, is prepping a new pilot at CBS, with Gallivan converting the project from single-camera to a multi-camera. Gallivan is with CAA; Gluck with UTA.

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CBS Re-Piloting ‘The McCarthys’ As Multi-Camera Comedy

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 5:45pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

CBS has ordered a new pilot for Irish-American family comedy The McCarthys, which will be converted from a single-camera to multi-camera. Talks are underway with cast members about joining the new pilot. Produced by Sony TV and Will Gluck’s Olive Bridge Entertainment, The McCarthys revolves around a big Irish Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. The project, written/co-executive produced by Brian Gallivan, was among the pilots in serious consideration for a series pickup at CBS this season, said to be one of the strongest on the comedy side at the network in years.

Related: Brian Gallivan In Overall Deal With Sony TV

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Brian Gallivan In Overall Deal With Sony TV

By | Wednesday May 29, 2013 @ 2:24pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: The McCarthys creator Brian Gallivan has signed an overall deal with Sony TV, the studio behind the comedy pilot that remains in contention at CBS. Writer-actor-comedian Gallivan was a staff writer on Sony TV’s cult ABC comedy Happy Endings when his spec The McCarthys, with Sony TV-based Will Gluck attached as executive producer, landed at CBS with a put pilot commitment. It went to pilot, which missed the cut for a series pickup earlier this month but is being kept in consideration by CBS and may undergo some retooling. Loosely inspired by Gallivan’s life, the big family comedy revolves around an Irish-Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. Under the overall pact at Sony, Gallivan will continue on The McCarthys, where he serves as executive producer alongside Gluck, and will develop new projects. Read More »

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Joey McIntyre & Jessica Chaffin Join CBS Pilot ‘The McCarthys’, CW’s ‘The Selection’ Brings Back Peta Sergeant

By | Thursday February 21, 2013 @ 9:48am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Actor-singer Joey McIntyre has been cast in CBS/Sony TV single-camera comedy pilot The McCarthys. Also added to the pilot, written by Brian Gallivan, directed by Fred Savage and executive produced by Will Gluck, is Jessica Chaffin, joining previously cast Jacki Weaver, Jake Lacy and Jack McGee. The McCarthys revolves around an Irish-Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son (Lacy) whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. McIntyre will play Gerard McCarthy, the one short guy in the family who is mad about it. Chaffin, repped by CAA and attorney Jeff Endlich, plays his sister Jackie, who swings wildly from overconfidence to insecurity, and is completely unaware that she’s her mother’s (Weaver) least favorite. This marks McIntyre’s first regular series gig since David E. Kelley’s Boston Public. At CBS, he is joining fellow New Kids On The Block bandmate Donnie Wahlberg, who co-stars on Blue Bloods. McIntyre, repped by Domain and KLWGN, will next be seen in Paul Feig’s The Heat with Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock. Read More »

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Jacki Weaver Joins CBS Comedy Pilot ‘The McCarthys’

By | Thursday February 7, 2013 @ 10:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Jacki Weaver, an Oscar nominee for Silver Linings Playbook, is set to co-star in the CBS/Sony TV single-camera comedy pilot The McCarthys. Written by Brian Gallivan, directed by Fred Savage and executive produced by Will Gluck, it revolves around an Irish-Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. Weaver, repped by ICM Partners and Elevate Entertainment, will play the clan’s loving mother Marjorie McCarthy, who has no filter and loves having her gay son keep her company when her husband (Jack McGee) and other kids are off coaching basketball games. This marks the first U.S. series gig for Australian-born Weaver, who has landed two Oscar nominations in three years. She was also nominated in 2011 for Animal Kingdom.

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Keith David Cast In Fox Pilot ‘Enlisted’, Jack McGee Joins CBS Comedy ‘McCarthys’

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 7:40pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Keith David (The Cape) has been cast in Enlisted, Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot from Cougar Town co-creator Kevin Biegel, which he is executive producing with Mike Royce. Based on Biegel’s relationship with his siblings, the 20th TV-produced project follows three very different brothers working together in the Army at a small base in Florida. David, repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency and manager Josh Silver, will play Command Sergeant Major Cody Wallace, an intimidating, firm but fair 30-year army veteran who puts the oldest brother in charge of a unit of “dipsh*ts and slackers.”

Rescue Me alum Jack McGee has been cast in the CBS/Sony TV single-camera comedy pilot The McCarthys. Written by Brian Gallivan, directed by Fred Savage and executive produced by Will Gluck, it revolves around an Irish-Catholic, sports-crazed Boston clan and the gay son whose greatest sin is not his sexuality but his desire to spend less time with his family. McGee will play the father, a not always politically correct high school basketball coach. McGee, repped by APA and Semler Entertainment, recently co-starred on USA’s Common Law and in Gangster Squad.

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