The Madigan Men on ABC

John Hensley, Gabriel Byrne, and Roy Dotrice.

By Irish America Staff
October / November 2000

If you missed Irish actor Gabriel Byrne’s critically acclaimed performance in Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten on Broadway last spring, take heart, soon you’ll be able to catch him on a TV near you. This October he’ll be starring in the new ABC sitcom The Madigan Men, about a divorced Irish architect living in New York City with his father, Seamus, and son, Luke. The role of Seamus is played by Roy Dotrice, who appeared with Byrne in A Moon for the Misbegotten and won a Tony for his role as Phil Hogan.

If the pilot is anything to go by, the show still has a few kinks to work out – an especially weak moment portrays Dotrice washing his his underwear in a basin of water in the living room and hanging his clothes on the balcony to dry. A New York apartment with no sinks? Still, the actors are great; there’s a wonderful chemistry between them, and Byrne and Dotrice are at times laugh-out-loud funny. The date for the show’s premier hasn’t been set yet, but it’s been slotted for 9:30 p.m. on Friday nights. Stay tuned…

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