Disclaimer: Disney and ABC invited me to Los Angeles recently for a few days, which included a visit to the set of ABC’s The Real O’Neals. All opinions are my own.
On a very hot day in LA recently, I got to experience Christmas and snow. Brought to us by the magic of Hollywood, 24 other bloggers and I spent a delightful afternoon touring the set of the ABC comedy, The Real O’Neals.
We arrived on set at Disney Studios Lot for a tour of The Real O’Neals’ home and we were thrilled to see stars Bebe Wood (Shannon) and Matt Shively (Jimmy) as they greeted us with big smiles and open arms. They joined us and David Windsor (Creator and Executive Producer) as we toured their TV home that was decorated for their Christmas episode.
It’s always amazing to me how detailed they build the sets. There were knick-knacks and reading material and plates and cups and it looked like a real family was doing real life there.
You actually feel what it’s like to be in someone’s home. At Christmastime!
David Windsor (Creator and Executive Producer) took us through the set and gave us a sneak peek of what’s coming up this season.
They were filming the Season 2 Christmas episode and so there were beautiful touches of Christmas everywhere. And snow!
I think this is my favorite part of set visits. Not only do you get to see Hollywood magic being created, but it looks so seriously real. Like you’re walking around in someone’s home. Actually, it felt like we were being a little invasive, but that’s not important right now.
While Walt Disney Studios in Burbank is the home of the corporate offices of The Walt Disney Company. What is also happening is that many things are in production at the same time. It is, after all, a working studio.
You really can’t tell by the outside of the buildings what may be happening inside. It is this surprising element that makes it so much fun to visit a working set.
The O’Neals’ TV home was decorated much like yours or mine would be.
Christmas is still a few months out, (62 shopping days, people!) so the episode they were filming this day won’t be shown until later. What’s happening now is Halloween.
When Halloween arrives, or what Kenny refers to as “the gay Super Bowl,” he plans to go to Boystown to watch the festive costume parade. In an effort to prevent Kenny from attending, Eileen agrees to let him throw his own Halloween party at home. Eileen’s tolerance is ultimately tested when Kenny recruits Stuart and his gay friends to join the big party, and he makes a BIG costume change. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Shannon plan to pull off an epic Halloween prank.
The entire Tuesday night comedy line up on ABC has Halloween fun for everyone.
But wouldn’t it be fun if it was Christmas ALL the time?