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October 26, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Sean Hayes recently returned to TV playing a single gay father of a teenage girl - and a series lead for the first time since "Will & Grace" - in NBC's "Sean Saves the World. " It's one of five shows on the air from Hazy Mills, the production company he owns with Todd Milliner, which is also behind "Hollywood Game Night," "Hot in Cleveland," "Grimm" and "The Soul Man. " Is TV running out of characters that people haven't been seen before? It's always a challenge. It helps to start from a personal place.
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January 29, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
Looks as if Sean couldn't save himself from low ratings. NBC on Tuesday halted production on the freshman sitcom "Sean Saves the World," despite having committed to five more episodes -- a move that means the series has effectively been canceled. The comedy, featuring "Will & Grace" star Sean Hayes as a divorced gay dad whose life is thrown into disarray when his teenage daughter moves in with him full-time, was part of the network's latest heavily promoted attempt to reclaim its comedy dominance on Thursday nights.  But the series has generated meager ratings and very little buzz, debuting to an audience of just 4.4 million and steadily falling to a low of 2.58 million viewers last week and notching a paltry .7 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic (which translates to about 900,000 viewers)
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October 23, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Sean Hayes thinks his new sitcom is the best. It's the network that he's less than thrilled about. Hayes, who shot to fame on "Will & Grace," is the star of "Sean Saves the World," a new Thursday comedy on NBC about a single gay dad of a teenage daughter. It's also a show that will be lucky to save itself from cancellation if the ultra-low ratings are any guide. "It's just the struggle of the elephant in the room, which is, 'How do you get viewers to NBC?,'" Hayes told The TV Page in an interview . "NBC programs great shows, it just doesn't have the eyeballs CBS does.
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December 30, 2013 | By Susan King
Linda Lavin is getting the hang of Twitter. She's been practicing on Thursday nights when she tweets during both East and West coast airings of NBC's sitcom "Sean Saves the World. " In the series Lavin plays Lorna, the loving, albeit pushy, mother of Sean Harrison (Sean Hayes of "Will & Grace"), a gay divorced father with a demanding job who is now full-time dad to his 14-year-old daughter (Samantha Isler). "I'm getting a lot of response," said the vivacious, petite actress, an age-defying 76, about her tweets.
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June 10, 2010 | By T.L. Stanley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Sean Hayes, who'll be hosting the 64th annual Tony Awards on Sunday night, has been at the center of a controversy fueled by a Newsweek writer who criticized the actor's performance because he's a gay man playing it straight on Broadway in "Promises, Promises." But no amount of nudging could get Hayes to address the whole hubbub — Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh said Hayes turned the play into "unintentional camp" — during a call with reporters Wednesday morning. This is as close as he came as he talked about his stage costar Kristin Chenoweth: "She's an extraordinary talent and an amazing human being who's been such a huge support system for me," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2007 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
Sean HAYES has barely had a chance to sit down in the comfy lounge area of the Four Seasons Hotel when a man nervously approaches him. "Can I have your autograph?" he shyly asks the 37-year-old actor. When Hayes good-naturedly tells him yes, the man quickly grabs a piece of paper from a nearby table, dashes to the front desk for a pen and puts both on the table in front of Hayes. "What's your name?" Hayes asks. "Barry," he tells Hayes. "I'm so nervous."
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2013 | By Susan King
Linda Lavin is getting the hang of Twitter. She's been practicing on Thursday nights when she tweets during both East and West coast airings of NBC's sitcom "Sean Saves the World. " In the series Lavin plays Lorna, the loving, albeit pushy, mother of Sean Harrison (Sean Hayes of "Will & Grace"), a gay divorced father with a demanding job who is now full-time dad to his 14-year-old daughter (Samantha Isler). "I'm getting a lot of response," said the vivacious, petite actress, an age-defying 76, about her tweets.
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May 10, 2011 | David Ng, Los Angeles Times
Neil Patrick Harris will once again be putting on a tuxedo to host the Tony Awards ceremony, which will take place June 12 at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The actor previously hosted the Tonys in 2009. Last year's host was Sean Hayes. The ceremony will be broadcast on CBS, with a delay for the West Coast. This is the first year the ceremony will be held at the Beacon. The show's usual home, Radio City Music Hall, is unavailable due to the new Cirque du Soleil show, "Zarkana," that will debut there this summer.
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September 17, 2012 | By Chris Barton, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
The NBC series "Smash" keeps growing. Only a month removed from announcing that the drama starring Debra Messing would offer a mini "Will & Grace" reunion with the addition of Sean Hayes, NBC has announced two more cast members: "Hairspray" star Nikki Blonsky and Jesse L. Martin, who was part of the Tony Award-winning cast of "Rent. " [For the record, 12:05 p.m., Sept 18: The headline on an earlier version of this post misspelled Nikki Blonky's first name as Nicki. ]
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May 13, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
NBC is relying on the star power of veteran sitcom performers with its 2013-14 lineup, announced Sunday in New York City. With "30 Rock" and "The Office" no longer on the schedule, the ailing network has added two new comedies, one starring Sean Hayes of "Will & Grace" and another with "Family Ties" star Michael J. Fox. The former, "Sean Saves the World," stars Hayes as a gay, divorced dad, and the latter features Fox as a newsman trying to...
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November 10, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Sean Hayes was not particularly diplomatic when he blamed NBC for the low ratings of his sitcom "Sean Saves the World. " But apparently NBC didn't hold it against him, because the network announced Friday that it was giving a five-episode back-order to the series, bringing it to a total of 18 episodes. The announcement came after "Sean Saves the World" posted a 28% ratings gain Thursday night. Prior to that the series had proved a ratings disappointment, averaging just 3.4-million viewers.
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October 28, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The landscape of network television was radically different 16 years ago when Ellen DeGeneres came out on her ABC sitcom "Ellen" during the "Puppy Episode. " The scene sent shock waves across the country, and ground was both broken and paved for gay rights and gay characters on television. Today there are a host of gay characters on TV, although some would argue not nearly enough. So it's fitting that Ellen DeGeneres has teamed with NBC and openly gay writer Liz Feldman to create a sitcom with a lesbian lead.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2013 | By Irene Lacher
Sean Hayes recently returned to TV playing a single gay father of a teenage girl - and a series lead for the first time since "Will & Grace" - in NBC's "Sean Saves the World. " It's one of five shows on the air from Hazy Mills, the production company he owns with Todd Milliner, which is also behind "Hollywood Game Night," "Hot in Cleveland," "Grimm" and "The Soul Man. " Is TV running out of characters that people haven't been seen before? It's always a challenge. It helps to start from a personal place.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Anyone who's watched "The Daily Show" long enough will have seen plenty of Fox News clips of the perpetually disapproving scowl of Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer. So his appearance as a guest on Wednesday's show had all the promise of one of Stewart's classic faceoffs. Remember Jim Cramer? However, the debate between Stewart and Krauthammer, though spirited, was reasonable and respectful above all things. And because of that, both were allowed to make good points for their cause, absent the sound and fury of the modern media circus.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Sean Hayes thinks his new sitcom is the best. It's the network that he's less than thrilled about. Hayes, who shot to fame on "Will & Grace," is the star of "Sean Saves the World," a new Thursday comedy on NBC about a single gay dad of a teenage daughter. It's also a show that will be lucky to save itself from cancellation if the ultra-low ratings are any guide. "It's just the struggle of the elephant in the room, which is, 'How do you get viewers to NBC?,'" Hayes told The TV Page in an interview . "NBC programs great shows, it just doesn't have the eyeballs CBS does.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Oh, poodle! Debra Messing and Eric McCormack got together earlier this week for a little "Will & Grace" reunion. Be still, our codependent comedy-loving hearts! The NBC comedy alum and real-life friends met up and posed together for a photo op on the red carpet Monday at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood. They were there to attend an event honoring legendary TV director James Burrows, who helmed the Emmy-nominated laugher about a woman and her gay best friend during its run from 1998 to 2006, in addition to "Taxi," "Cheers," "Friends," "Frasier, "The Big Bang Theory," "Mike & Molly" and CBS' new comedy "The Millers.
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November 10, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Sean Hayes was not particularly diplomatic when he blamed NBC for the low ratings of his sitcom "Sean Saves the World. " But apparently NBC didn't hold it against him, because the network announced Friday that it was giving a five-episode back-order to the series, bringing it to a total of 18 episodes. The announcement came after "Sean Saves the World" posted a 28% ratings gain Thursday night. Prior to that the series had proved a ratings disappointment, averaging just 3.4-million viewers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
The landscape of network television was radically different 16 years ago when Ellen DeGeneres came out on her ABC sitcom "Ellen" during the "Puppy Episode. " The scene sent shock waves across the country, and ground was both broken and paved for gay rights and gay characters on television. Today there are a host of gay characters on TV, although some would argue not nearly enough. So it's fitting that Ellen DeGeneres has teamed with NBC and openly gay writer Liz Feldman to create a sitcom with a lesbian lead.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In this season's new comedies, casting has too often outclassed concept, with terrific performers trying to elevate material that does not always return the favor. That trend continues Thursday with three shows in which very good actors work very hard with mixed results. NBC's "Welcome to the Family" is the evening's clear winner, though its catalytic event - teen pregnancy - is not exactly a laughing matter. But to modernize "Bridget Loves Bernie," creator Mike Sikowitz ("Rules of Engagement")
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2013 | By Meg James
The new fall TV season doesn't roll out until next week, but NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt has already received a big vote of confidence from his bosses. NBCUniversal on Friday extended Greenblatt's employment contract through 2017 even though his current deal wasn't set to expire until the end of 2014. Greenblatt joined NBC in 2011. NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke has been high on Greenblatt's development for the upcoming TV season. Burke and executives at NBCUniversal parent Comcast Corp.
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