Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.
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 … Read More »
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 … 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, … Read More »
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 »
EXCLUSIVE: For her first project under the overall deal Nurse Jackie co-creator Lix Brixius signed with Universal Television in April, she has teamed with Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Universal TV-based Hazy Mills and Lawrence Bender and … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
Ray Richmond is contributing to Deadline’s coverage of TCA.
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 … 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 … Read More »
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 … Read More »
20th Century Fox and Peter and Bobby Farrelly have set Sean Hayes to play Larry in The Three Stooges, the slapstick comedy that is slated to begin production later this month. He joins Will Sasso, who had previously … Read More »