‘The O’Neals’ Preview: Is Ryan Daddy Dearest?

by | June 1, 2011 at 4:49 PM | TV News

Tatum and Ryan O'Neal (Photo: OWN)

Tatum and Ryan O'Neal (Photo: OWN)

Ryan & Tatum: The O’Neals” are coming soon to Oprah’s cable channel, and from the looks of it, the reality show will be high on the daddy drama.

The docu-soap follows the “emotional reunion of acting dynasty Ryan & Tatum O’Neal after 25 years of estrangement,” according to the network.

“It’s been a traumatic couple of decades,” Tatum says in the series premiere, which debuts later this month.

The series also reveals how O’Neal’s relationship with the late Farrah Fawcett drove a wedge between the father and daughter, who felt abandoned after the Hollywood couple began their decades-long high-profile romance.

Ironically, it seems that Fawcett’s 2009 death is what brought the estranged father and daughter back together.

The “very broken family,” as Tatum describes it, is now on the road to mending their relationship and trying to “find peace” — and seeing a therapist (on camera, of course).

Because they have a lot to sort through: Addictions, arrests, shootings, you know, the usual Hollywood family “embarrassments.”

However, it doesn’t look like Ryan is going to win any father of the year awards. In the footage from the series premiere below, Papa O’Neal is seen taunting Tatum, who’s battling addiction — and whom he refers to as “Tantrum.”

“How’s your sobriety?” Ryan jokes (we think?). “Because I’ve got a bottle of tequila upstairs with your name on it.”

The series premiere Sunday, June 19, 10/9c on OWN.

Check out the tears and the tantrums coming with “The O’Neals”:

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