Emmy winner Sean Hayes has been cast as a series regular in CBS’ comedy The Millers, the network said today. Hayes will play Kip Withers, Carol Miller’s (Margo Martindale) new best friend and a new source of friction for Nathan (Will Arnett), Carol’s son. His character will be introduced during the series’ Season 2 premiere on October 30.
Hayes played Jack McFarland for eight seasons on the NBC comedy Will & Grace, winning an Emmy in 2000 and garnering six other nominations for the role. He also won shared an Emmy in 2011 for The 64th Annual Tony Awards. Most recently, Hayes starred in and executive produced the comedy series Sean Saves the World. Other TV credits include Smash, Up All Night and Martin & Lewis. On the film side, Hayes appeared in the Bobby and Peter Farrelly comedy The Three Stooges, The Bucket List and indie drama Pieces Of April. Read More »
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For his first comedy series role since Will & Grace left the air in 2006, Sean Hayes was insistent that it be on a multicamera show, he said today at a TCA session promoting his new NBC offering Sean Saves the World. Created by Victor Fresco, the show centers on his character’s figuring out how to parent a 14-year-old daughter (Samantha Isler) who just moved in with him. It co-stars Linda Lavin of Alice fame as his mother as well as Megan Hilty — late of Smash– as his longtime friend. One of the keys to Hayes’ character is that, like his Will & Grace alter ego, he’s gay. And Fresco believes that show’s impact was to help open up network primetime to embrace gay characters on shows like Modern Family and now Sean Saves the World. “Without Will & Grace, we would not be here right now,” Fresco stressed. “But I think of this as a post-gay show where there is a gay man at the center but it’s not about his being gay.” Indeed, for his part, Hayes is proud of the fact that primetime has now progressed to the point where a gay character’s “gayness” can be incidental. “It’s an afterthought just like any other character or minority now,” he emphasized, “which is how it should be. It’s even sad that it’s a question, really.” Hayes admitted that he would like that his previous show “had a big influence on the gay movement in America.” Read More »
Cheyenne Jackson will play a ruthless ambitious news anchor in Amazon Studios’ pilot The Onion Presents: The News, and now the actor will also be a high-spirited dance instructor in the indie feature 6 Dance Lesson In 6 Weeks. Jackson replaces Sean Hayes in the role of Michael Minetti. Gena Rowlands co-stars as Lily Harrison, a retiree who hires Minetti to give her private dance lessons in her St. Petersburg Beach, FL condo. The unlikely pair soon develop a friendship apart from dance. 6 Dance Lessons is based on the LA-debuting play by Richard Alfieri, which has had a Broadway run and has been seen in 20 countries. Arthur Allan Seidelman directs the film version from a screenplay by Alfieri. Andras Somkuti is producing the film, with Marc Platt and Jerry Offsay executive producing. Jackson will next be seen opposite Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in HBO’s Behind The Candelabra. He is repped by ICM Partners and The Schiff Co.
Lindsay Sloane (Horrible Bosses) is set as a lead opposite Sean Hayes in NBC’s untitled Sean Hayes/Victor Fresco multi-camera comedy pilot. Written by Fresco and directed by James Burrows, the comedy, from Universal TV and Hazy Mills, centers on Sean (Hayes), who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter (Samantha Isler), who just moved in, while navigating a temperamental new boss (Thomas Lennon) at work. Sloane, repped by Gersh, will play Liz, Sean’s long-time loyal friend with whom he also works. Liz is a former therapist who quit because she had too many opinions and couldn’t listen to people talk about their problems without telling them what to do.
British actor Colin Salmon and Robbie Kay have joined the cast of Bravo‘s hourlong pilotRita. Written by Krista Vernoff and directed by Miguel Arteta, Rita is a family drama that follows Rita (Anna Gunn), an acerbic, outspoken private-school teacher who struggles to raise her three teenage children while dealing with the inane bureaucracy and overprotective parents at her school. Salmon, repped by Lighthouse Entertainment and UK’s Curtis Brown Group, will play Colin Paige, the aristocratic emotionally guarded British teacher who is the head of the history department at the school. Kay, repped by Paradigm and Affirmative, will play Rita’s gay son. Salmon, probably best known for his roles … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of his comedy pilot getting picked up by NBC, Sean Hayes is finalizing a deal for the lead opposite Gena Rowlands in the independent movie 6 Dance Lessons In 6 Weeks, based on Richard Alfieri’s play. Directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman from a screenplay by Alfieri, 6 Dance Lessons In 6 Weeks is described as a touching comedy about a retired woman, Lily Harrison (Rowlands), who hires a handsome, energetic dance instructor, Michael Minetti (Hayes), to give her private dance lessons —one per week for six weeks— in her gulf-front condo in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida. What begins as an antagonistic relationship blossoms into an intimate friendship as these two people from very different backgrounds reveal their secrets, fears, and joys while dancing the Swing, Tango, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha-Cha, and Contemporary Dance. Andras Somkuti is producing the film, with Marc Platt and Jerry Offsay executive producing. Since its Los Angeles premiere and a Broadway run, the Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks play has been produced in more than 20 countries. Hayes is repped by WME and Ziffren.
Will & Grace alum Sean Hayes has moved closer to returning to NBC‘s primetime as the star of a comedy series. NBC has given the green light to a comedy pilot starring Hayes and written by Better Off Ted creator Victor Fresco. The untitled multi-camera comedy, from Universal TV and Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills, centers on Sean (Hayes), who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter, who just moved in, while navigating a temperamental new boss at work. Fresco, Hayes and Milliner executive produce.
Launching a comedy series toplined by Emmy winner Hayes has been a priority for NBC. Read More »
NBC has closed deals for a comedy project starring Will & Grace alum Sean Hayes and written by Better Off Ted creator Victor Fresco. The untitled multi-camera comedy, from Universal TV and Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills, centers on Sean (Hayes), who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter, who just moved in, while navigating a temperamental new boss at work. Fresco, Hayes and Milliner executive produce.
Launching a comedy series toplined by Emmy winner Hayes has been a priority for NBC. “Sean is a friend, and I think it’s time for him to star in a comedy again,” NBC topper Bob Greenblatt said at last year’s summer TCA, when he announced a deal to develop a half-hour starring vehicle for the actor-producer. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE:NBC has given the green light to Hollywood Game Night, a new hourlong game show series executive produced by Sean Hayes. The series, which has received an eight-episode order, is based on the actor-producer’s real-life “game nights,” featuring A-list celebrities hanging out and living it up in a cocktail party atmosphere. In each episode, two contestants will be transported from their everyday lives into a night of fun and celebration where they get to rub shoulders with the celebrity crowd. At the end, one of the contestants will walk away with a cash prize and a night of stories and memories. Part Hollywood club and part casual game night, the series will feature well-known names from the world of television, film, sports and politics, among other areas. “We are proud to be in business with Sean Hayes, who creatively brings so many good ideas such as this new game show romp that will be raucous and entertaining,” said NBC’s president of alternative programming Paul Telegdy. “Our audience will feel as if they are part of the party as we pull back the curtain on how today’s Hollywood stars play at home while our contestants can earn big money.” Read More »
Brixius will write the hourlong drama, a soap about a Dr. Oz-type that has fallen from grace. Brixius, Hayes, Milliner, Bender (Inglourious Basterds) and Brown executive produce. Uni TV is the studio. Hazy Mills has three series on the air: NBC’s Grimm and the TV Land comedies Hot In Cleveland and spinoff The Soul Man. Additionally, Hayes is set to recur on the NBC/Uni TV dramedy Smash this coming season, reuniting with his Will & Grace co-star Debra Messing. Bender Brown recently signed a pod deal with Uni TV’s corporate sibling Universal Cable Prods. WME-repped Brixius signed with Uni TV shortly after leaving Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, which she co-showran for the first four seasons.
Sean Hayes will be pulling a triple duty on NBC this fall. The Emmy winner, who executive produces the NBC drama Grimm, will do a multi-episode arc on another NBC sophomore drama, Smash. He will play Terrence Falls, a comedic television and film star who is making his Broadway debut in the musical Liaisons, based on the novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Due to a series of comic circumstances, he becomes a major thorn in the side for Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty) and other characters. In addition to his stint on Smash, which reunites Hayes with Will & Grace co-star Debra Messing, he also is set to appear in a multi-episode arc on the upcoming second season of NBC’s comedy Up All Night as Ava’s (Maya Rudolph) former accompanist.
EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of Hazy Mills’ freshman Grimm becoming the first NBC series to earn an early renewal for next season, Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s production company has signed a new two-year overall deal with Universal TV, which co-produces Grimm. This is the second consecutive pact at NBC for Hazy Mills Prods and the third overall (because of Hayes’ relationship with NBC and its sister studio through Will & Grace, the production banner was based there at its launch before moving to CBS Studios with two back-to-back deals). That stint at CBS proved fortuitous because there Hayes and Milliner developed a close relationship with then-CBS Studios’ head of cable development Bela Bajaria, who is now overseeing Universal TV as EVP. Read More »
Here’s the first look at Fox’s The Three Stooges, the Farrelly brothers’ long-in-the-works take on the comedy trio. Its winding road started with the original plan to cast Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Jim Carrey in the lead roles; eventually, the brothers went with Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos. It’s due out April 4, 2012. So, do they pull off getting Larry, Curly and Moe right? And do they pull off putting them in modern day?
EXCLUSIVE: Westerns continue to be a hot genre at the TV networks. NBC, the first broadcast net to jump on the trend in a big way last year with the pilot order to Reconstruction, has bought an untitled Western project from Sean Hayes’ Hazy Mills production company. Friday Night Lights alumna Kerry Ehrin is writing the project, which is set in the 1880s and centers on Jacob Morris, a young, eccentric East Coast doctor of mental disorders who moves to a primitive Western town at the foot of the Colorado Rockies. There he immediately stands out as he doesn’t fight with a gun but rather uses new theories that are being practiced in the East. The tone of the show mixes drama and comedy, much like the series Ehrin has most recently worked on, NBC’s Parenthood. Ehrin, Hayes and his Hazy Mills producing partner Todd Milliner will executive produce for Universal TV. Milliner said he and Hayes had been talking about doing Western for a while but didn’t think a broadcast network would go for it. They got encouraged by the recent interest in the genre but mostly by NBC’s decision to pick up their drama project Grimm to series. Grimm, a cop procedural with fairy-tale elements, was originally developed by Hazy Mills five years ago when it was set up at CBS. Read More »
Peter Tolan has closed a deal to write Sean Hayes’ comedy project for NBC. Tolan will co-pen the script with his producing partner Michael Wimer. As a result, Sony Pictures TV, where Tolan is based with an overall deal, has come on board as a co-producer alongside Universal Media Studios. The comedy will star Hayes as the half of a gay couple who are raising a teen daughter. This is the latest series that features gay parents or their kids as central characters, following early efforts such as the ABC comedy It’s All Relative and current hits Modern Family and Glee, where the lead character, Rachel, is the daughter of a gay couple. This is the second broadcast project for Tolan this development season. He also has a drama with writer Josh Berman at ABC about a female FBI profiler.
Angel and Dollhouse alums Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain have sold drama project Beautiful Girls to Fox. The project, from Warner Bros TV, is described as a young, salacious soap dealing with sexual politics and intrigue set against the backdrop of the beauty industry at a cosmetics company. Last season, Craft and Fain supervised the development of the CW/WBTV drama pilot The Secret Circle but left the pilot after Kevin Williamson came on board to focus on development under their overall deal at WBTV. Craft and Fain previously created ABC’s Women’s Murder Club.
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Will and Grace star Sean Hayes told critics during an afternoon panel for the new NBC seriocomic fantasy hour Grimm that he’s considering taking a role in the show where he serves as an exec producer. After one of his production partners let it slip, a critic pressed Hayes. The actor, who earlier in the day signed a development deal with the network to headline a half-hour series, downplayed the Grimm role with a vague acknowledgement. “It’s possible down the road,” he said without giving any hint of what form the role might take. “It’s nothing imminent.” Read More »
NBC has signed a new major two-year overall deal with The Office executive producer Greg Daniels, co-creator/exec producer of another NBC comedy series, Parks and Recreation. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the pact, which will encompass scripted live-action and animated programming as well as unscripted series, at the top of NBC’s TCA session today. “He is one of the founding fathers of our Thursday comedy lineup,” Greenblatt said. “We had a chance to work together at Fox when he was launching King of the Hill. The new deal is to develop all kinds of programming, but we also want to emphasize animation, I think he is going to do great things.” NBC also has inked a development pact with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Prods., marking the company’s first network pact. And former Will & Grace star Sean Hayes, who segued to producing over the past few years, has signed a development deal to headline a half-hour series. “Sean is a friend, and I think it’s time for him to star in a comedy again,” Greenblatt said.
On the development side, NBC is developing a firefighter drama from feature writers Michael Brandt and and Derek Haas, produced by Dick Wolf and his new development exec Danielle Gelber. Greenblatt also confirmed the deal for a karaoke bar comedy produced by The Voice star Adam Levine who … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: There are now three nuns in The Three Stooges. Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson has signed on to play Sister Rosemary. She joins Jane Lynch, who’s playing Mother Superior, and Larry David, who’s playing Mother Mengele. I’m betting that Sister Rosemary is the nice one at the orphanage where the Stooges come of age, despite the best efforts of the nuns to get the precocious trio adopted. The 20th Century Fox comedy has begun production, with Peter and Bobby Farrelly directing Chris Diamantopoulos (Moe), Sean Hayes (Larry) and Will Sasso (Curly).
Photographer Andrew Snook took this candid set photo of Sean Hayes (“Larry”) from the front and Chris Diamantopoulos (“Moe”) from the side. Unfortunately, Will Sasso (“Curly”) is missing as the actors shoot in Atlanta:
Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s 20th Century Fox comedy The Three Stooges cast continues to get more and more inspired. They’re closing in on a deal with Larry David to play Mother Mengele, the unfortunate nun who runs the orphanage where the Stooges grow up and learn to create mayhem. Setting a Jewish guy to play a nun certainly sounds like David is playing against type. I served two tours of duty in Catholic elementary schools, and now that I think of it, Larry David in a Nun’s Habit pretty much squares with my memory of how all of those teachers looked back then. David’s deal is being finished, and the Seinfeld co-creator will join Jane Lynch, who plays Mother Superior, Chris Diamantopoulos, who’s signing on to play Moe, Will Sasso, who’s playing Curly, and Sean Hayes, who signed on recently to play Larry Fine. Production begins in May. David’s repped by WME.