The McCarthys – a sitcom about a lovable Irish-Catholic family that lives in South Boston is on Thursdays at 9:30pm on CBS. Here’s the premise: The McCarthy are lifelong Southie residents that all live within blocks of one another (just like my family) but spend most of their time in their parents’ home in a triple-decker (no mention of whether this triple-decker is now condos or not).
The family is made up of four adult kids and two parents. The siblings consist of one sister who apparently has a habit of drinking and driving and finds out she’s pregnant, twin brothers – one played by Joey McIntyre -of New Kids on the Block fame – and the main character Ronnie (Tyler Ritter) who is gay and wants to spend less time with his tight-knit clan. The parents – Arthur – a not so politically correct high school basketball coach played by Jack McGee (from The Fighter) and Laurie Metclaf (from Roseanne) plays mom Marjorie.
Per usual, this sitcom is peppered with gratuitous Southie stereotypes – some of which might make your skin scrawl if you grew up in Southie. This sitcom is directed by Fred Savage (yes, of the Wonder Years) and will air on Thursdays at 9:30pm in the fall. You can see the trailer here – wonder if future episodes will involve spot savers, yuppies or Ronnie not being allowed to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Also airing in the fall, a sitcom set in Hollywood’s second favorite Boston neighborhood, Charlestown. Buzzy’s is about a neighborhood barbershop staring Ashley Tisdale from Highschool Musical.
We shall see….