Former “Will & Grace” star Sean Hayes is returning to television with a new LGBT-centric show “Sean Saves the World” as a divorced gay dad.
Official trailer below.
The NBC production centers on Hayes raising his teenage daughter, played by Sam Isler, with his controlling mother, played by Linda Lavin, never far off.
Hayes’ new show provides sexual diversity after many networks recently chose to cancel shows that were specifically LGBT or with prominent LGBT characters.
NBC canceled almost all of its comedy shows except for “Parks and Recreation” and “Community.” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt stated that he saw the need to rebuild its comedy brand.
“It’s been a roller-coaster season,” Greenblatt said during the lineup announcement on Sunday. “We made progress. We had challenges in the first quarter and our share of midseason disappointments before bouncing back in April.”
Three of the most popular LGBT shows – “The New Normal,” “Smash,” and “Happy Endings” – got the axe due to low ratings.
Other cancelled shows were “Go On,” “The Office,” “Malibu County,” “1600 Penn,” “Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23,” “90210,” “The L.A. Complex,” “Emily Owens, M.D.”, “Partners,” and “Southland.”
Hayes’ role as Jack McFarland in “Will & Grace” is considered a milestone for LGBT media portrayals. Before “Will & Grace,” LGBT characters were rarely a part of the main cast, as many of them were given minor roles and LGBT themes were not prominent on television.
The new show will air on Thursdays during NBC’s prominent comedy block.