Sean Hayes playing a gay dad in the NBC sitcom Sean Saves the
World premieres Thursday.
In the series, Hayes, who is openly gay, plays a divorced gay dad
who has his hands full juggling work and a teenage daughter. Linda
Lavin (Barney Miller, Alice) plays his overbearing mother.
Hayes is best known for playing Jack McFarland for 8 seasons on
NBC's groundbreaking sitcom Will & Grace. His portrayal
of Jack, Will Truman's campy gay best friend, won him an Emmy Award,
four SAG Awards and one American Comedy Award.
When sitcom-Sean is asked by his daughter (played by Samantha
Isler) in the premiere how she was conceived if her father is gay,
Sean rhythmically answers: “Gay. Tried not to be. Was. Was
again. Was one more time because it was not unpleasant. Am.”
television writer Frazier Moore called the sitcom silly but
Sean “is clearly built around Sean with its breakneck,
almost breathless pacing, a heavy dose of physical comedy and plenty
Sean Saves the World also includes Thomas Lennon (Reno
911!) as Max, Sean's eccentric new boss.