Joey McIntyre’s new CBS show has local flavor
By Sarah Rodman | Globe Staff July 20, 2014
Joey McIntyre (left, with castmate Tyler Ritter) stars in “The McCarthys,” which is set in Boston.
The new set-in-Boston CBS series “The McCarthys” has plenty of local cred. Its cast includes New Kid on the Block Joey McIntyre and veteran comic Jimmy Dunn playing two members of the titular Irish-Catholic family, and the series was created by Brian Gallivan, whose family inspired the sitcom. At the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, the cast and creative team were asked why, in the pilot, some members of the cast had Boston accents but others didn’t. “Joey and Jimmy are from Massachusetts, so they have it,” said Gallivan. “And then our thing was, ‘Don’t do it if you don’t have it,’ because it’s a really hard accent to do, and my family would not watch.” When he realized that a reporter with The Boston Globe — which gets a shout-out in the first episode — was in the house, Gallivan relayed a message from his family. “They e-mailed me to say, ‘If you meet anyone from the Globe, tell ’em you used to sell it in the summers.’ ” he said with a laugh. “[I] stood on a corner, busy intersection. Shouldn’t have been there. Very unsafe.” Asked about his hometown, McIntyre quoted a member of another famous band from Boston. “It’s a world-class city with a small-town feel. Joe Perry from Aerosmith said that. I swear to God. But it was a great quote.” “The McCarthys” premieres Oct. 30 on CBS.