‘Cheers’ moving to Ireland?
“Cheers” might be moving from Boston to Ireland. The Dublin company Sideline Productions has snagged the rights to make an Irish version of “Cheers” that would set the classic, Boston-based show in the western part of the country. The reboot would change Ted Danson’s character, a former Red Sox player, into a former hurling champ named Sean. Sideline’s cofounder and creative director, Billy McGrath, told us by phone on Tuesday that the show will be produced in Gaelic for TG4, an Irish language channel. McGrath said he chose to pursue a remake of “Cheers” because he’s a fan. “It’s personally my favorite sitcom ever — for varied reasons. But it’s also because over a period of time I’ve built a relationship with Paul Gilbert from CBS, who’s in charge of international rights [of sales] of shows.” McGrath believes that “Cheers” will translate well. The American version of the show still airs over there, and he didn’t want there to be too many comparisons. “We would be able to preserve the richness of the language and the type of camaraderie by switching the tone and the heart of it into the Irish language,” he said. McGrath also defended the barkeep’s new sport. “Hurling is a very, very indigenous sport but it’s growing in popularity. It’s played with a stick and a ball.” McGrath said his production company is still lining up funding, but promises that when the show is made, Bostonians will be able to watch it online. We checked in with Tom Kershaw, owner of the real Cheers, on Tuesday. He hadn’t heard about the new show but he said happily: “The more the merrier.”