Striking Out Is A Home Run For Acorn TV


It is easy to see why Striking Out is the top drama/comedy series in Ireland where it airs on RTE One. The show is an Acorn TV original that is now streaming here in the United States, on the Acorn TV app.

This is an outstanding show that will hook you from episode one and I guarantee, this is must binge program. It is a clever, smart and powerful show that I think will be a big hit here in the U.S.

What makes Striking Out, so good is the writing, the acting, and the backdrop of Dublin. The focus of the show is on lawyer Tara Rafferty, played so well by the talented young actress Amy Huberman. They get things going in episode one as Tara her leaves her bachelorette party and heads home just in time to surprise her fiancé and co-worker Eric (Rory Keenan), who is, in bed with another woman.

Well, she decides to break off the wedding, leave the law firm that is owned by her fiancé’s father and you guessed it – strike out on her own. It at that point that she seeks the help of my guest on this week’s edition of Stream On, none other than the outstanding actor Neil Morrissey.

He has the very meaty role of Senior Counsel Vincent Pike, a mentor to Tara and a man battling his own set of demons. I spoke to Morrissey about Striking Out, and his role as a lawyer who clearly loves practicing law but in his own special way.

Williams: Vincent Pike is a brilliant attorney with a very clever sense of comedy timing. It seems like you really enjoy playing the role?

Morrissey: I started things off with charm and then put the script on top.  Look Vincent is battling his daemons there is no doubt, but he uses his talents as a lawyer and a bit of gallows humor to keep things moving.

Williams: Talk about Vincent’s relationship with Tara?

Morrissey: Clearly she sees him as her mentor and someone that she can trust to help her out of any jam she might get into both legal and personal. But Vincent clearly loves her, his wife can tell, others can tell, but he and Tara keep things professional.

Williams: You have a great backdrop in Dublin and I think that you showcase it in a way most people have never seen it before. It really looks like a modern world capital.

Morrissey: Our director Lisa Larsson, is outstanding. She uses drone shots flying in under the bridges to give you some great shots of the marina. She really uses the buildings lit up at night to really give Dublin that lively night look of a major world city.

FOR MORE OF MY CONVERSATION WITH NEIL MORRISSEY AND STRIKING OUT. PLUS, HE ALSO TALKS ABOUT ANOTHER ACORN TV HIT THAT HE IS ON – GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL. SO LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE – STREAM ON PODCAST CLICK HERE POWERED BY AUDIBLE. 

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved with Berman Concerts and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.