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You might know Joey McIntyre as a boy band star who rose to fame with New Kids on the Block, and maybe you followed him as he embarked on a successful solo career.
Well, McIntrye, 41, is now a regular on an upcoming CBS sitcom, The McCarthys, which will debut Thursday night at 9:30 ET. The series centers on a working-class Boston family obsessed with sports. The father of the family, Arthur, is a high school basketball coach who chooses his athletically challenged – and openly gay – son, Ronny, to serve as his assistant coach.
“We don’t care that he’s gay,” said McIntyre, who plays Gerard McCarthy, Ronny’s brother. “We’re trying to say the right thing, (but) we don’t know the lingo and we put our foot in our mouth and we learn from it. It’s actually kind of cool because sometimes we’re a little too PC now, which is fine. We want to be sensitive, but when we’re with friends and family, we open up about that. Whatever your thing is, we can joke about that, and I think we do that in a safe way on the show. It’s nice to do that. Hopefully we can be a part of that dialogue and and be a part of people’s families that way. But No. 1, we want to make you laugh. We got great writers and a great cast. We’re having a blast.”
Arthur is played by Jack McGee, Ronny is played by Tyler Ritter, and Marjorie – Arthur’s wife – is played by Laurie Metcalf, who is best known for her time on Roseanne.
McIntyre, meanwhile, is the rare performer who acts and sings – and he loves both.
“It’s tough to mess with Madison Square Garden, you know what I mean?” he said. “We’re lucky that we can do both. It’s a thrill. I grew up in community theater, so a crowd is a crowd. They say one person is a crowd. Whether you like it or not, you got to go on and perform, but the live studio audience and getting that reaction and just the sitcom experience is a blast.”
It’s been quite a career for McIntyre, who first came on the scene in 1985 as a 13-year-old kid with New Kids on the Block. McIntyre grew up in Manhattan, while the rest of the group grew up in Boston, and now are in Queens. Those boroughs are separated by only a few miles, but they are, in the words of McIntyre, “a world away.”
“Donnie (Wahlberg) kind of put his friends together from school . . . and they were looking for a younger kid,” McIntyre explained. “For a few years, we were just doing after-school stuff and talent shows and then we got a hit record. The rest is history.”
Most of the band members are now in their early-to-mid 40s and have wives and kids.
“It’s good,” McIntyre said. “The pace is much better, and we get to do what we love. We get to be rock stars and our fans get to be 13 again. It’s great.”