Mary McCor­mack

OF ‘THE KIDS ARE AL­RIGHT’ ON ABC

Santa Fe New Mexican - - CELEBRITY Q&A -

What do you say to those who might liken your new 1970s-set fam­ily com­edy “The Kids Are Al­right” to “The Won­der Years”?

I loved “The Won­der Years.” When it’s a sim­i­lar time pe­riod, of course, there’s cross­over. I think one of the things I love most about this project is how per­sonal it is. It’s his (se­ries cre­ator and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Tim Doyle) story, and per­sonal writ­ing is the best writ­ing.

What do you think about the fam­ily’s back­ground fu­el­ing much of the show’s hu­mor?

Ir­ish Catholic house­holds are usu­ally pretty funny. I think com­edy is val­ued (there). I know in my house, if you took the at­ten­tion at the din­ner ta­ble and you tried to tell a story and it was meant to be funny and wasn’t funny, you paid a price. You re­ally thought twice about tak­ing the mic, be­cause you were go­ing to get heck­led hard if it did not land. They’re usu­ally hec­tic, full houses and (there are) tight bud­gets, and you laugh about things that are painful. In Ir­ish Catholic houses, we don’t do a lot of talk­ing about feel­ings. There’s not a lot of navel-gaz­ing. I felt love, but we didn’t do a lot of talk­ing about love.

How is it to work with the young­sters play­ing your sons?

They’re all re­ally good. It’s a sweet group. It’s a bor­ing an­swer, but they’re a nice group of kids.

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