TBS has shut down production on its comedy series Sullivan & Son while star Steve Byrne recovers from an injury to his face.
According to sources, Byrne had his jaw broken “by an irate cabbie,” forcing the 38-year-old to have it wired shut for six weeks. Production for the second season of Sullivan & Son will resume in June, and it is expected to still make its summer premiere date, which has yet to be determined.
Sullivan & Son revolves around Steve Sullivan (Byrne), a half Irish and half Korean corporate lawyer in New York City who quits his job to take over his father’s bar in Pittsburgh. Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) stars as Steve’s Irish father, Jack Sullivan, and Jodi Long (RoboCop 3) plays his Korean mother, Ok Cha Sullivan. The House Bunny actor Owen Benjamin plays Steve’s childhood friend, Owen Walsh.
The comedy, which is executive produced by Vince Vaughn, was ordered to pilot by TBS on September 30, 2011, and was ordered to series in February 2012. The 10-episode first season premiered on July 19, 2012, with the season finale airing on September 13. The series has performed modestly in the ratings, drawing 2.50 million viewers for the pilot, and averaging about 2.16 million for the remaining nine episodes.
TBS ordered a second 10-episode season of the series in September 2012. In March, Roy Wood Jr. and Ahmed Ahmed, who play two more of Steve’s childhood friends, were both promoted to series regulars for the upcoming season. About a week later, Community‘s Ken Jeong was cast as Jason, Steve’s doctor brother-in-law who is more married to his job than to Steve’s sister, Susan (Vivian Bang). Susan asks Steve to help Jason unwind, but the plan goes awry when Jason begins rejecting his old life completely.
We here at The Inquisitr wish Steve Byrne a speedy recovery.