It would be easy to simply write off TBS’ new show Sullivan and Son — which centers around the life of a NYC corporate attorney who decides move home to Pittsburgh and run his family’s bar — as an attempted modernization of the hit show Cheers. After all, a majority of the action takes place in a bar, so it must be the same sort of thing, right? Wrong! Hollywood.com recently chatted with executive producer Vince Vaughn and writer/star of the show Steve Byrne about their thoughts regarding the upcoming series and if they feel it has a shot (or two, or five) of standing on its own two feet.
“The only comparison I think that it really has with Cheers is that it takes place in a bar,” Vaughn says. “I mean, you have Married With Children, All in the Family, The Cosby Show, Home Improvement. There’s a living room, there’s a couch in the middle, but that doesn’t mean they’re all the same kind of show. So I think that once people tune in, and they see the characters that we have on the show, the language that the characters are speaking, the scenarios that these characters get themselves into, it’s completely different than Cheers.” Plus, the fact that it’s not part of a broadcast network allows the lines of appropriateness to be a little more blurry (and thus a little more fun). “We’re a cable show, so we can push the envelope a little further and get a little edgier,” Vaughn remarks.
And they make sure to take full advantage of it. In fact, the show even presents an unusual relationship between a mother and son (Carol and Owen), who actually end up being each other’s wingmen. “The bar almost becomes their hunting ground in certain episodes,” Byrne shares. “That’s the most intriguing relationship to me, because I’ve never seen it on television before where a mom and a son high five over helping each other get laid.” Hard to argue with that.
And if you’re wondering whether or not we’ll be seeing a certain Wedding Crashers star make a guest appearance on the show — it seems entirely possible. “I can’t confirm or deny that at this point,” Vaughn says. We’ll take that as a solid maybe.
Sullivan and Son makes its on-air debut tonight, July 19 at 10 PM (ET) on TBS. Will you be tuning in?
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