It’s the end of the road for NBC comedy series Sean Saves The World, which today stopped production on its freshman order. The show had received a 5-episode back order for a total of 18. Fourteen episodes have been shot, 12 have aired. NBC had already scheduled an SNL Sports Spectacular special this week, preempting its Thursday lineup, and the network brass will look at the remaining two Sean segments after the Winter Olympics. Along with fellow Thursday newbie comedy The Michael J. Fox Show – and the entire NBC Thursday comedy block – Sean Saves The World has struggled in the ratings, most recently logging a 0.7 rating in adults 18-49. “We like (MJ Fox). We like Sean Hayes’ show a lot. Creatively, we think they’re good shows, and we’re really unhappy that we can’t find an audience for them in those time periods,” NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said at TCA a week ago. Sean Saves The World starred Hayes as a divorced gay father juggling a career, a 14-year-old daughter and an overbearing mother. It joins another NBC Thursday freshman comedy, Welcome To The Family, which was cancelled in October. Michael J. Fox had a straight-to-series 22-episode order that was completed in December.
NBC has given a Back 5 order to Sean Saves The World, bringing the first season of the multi-camera comedy starring Sean Hayes to 18 episodes. The move comes as Sean Saves The World posted a 28% ratings gain last night to match a series high (1.4 in adults 18-49) with an original Voice as a lead-in. NBC previously had ordered four additional scripts from the show, created by Victor Fresco. Fresco, Hayes and Todd Milliner executive produce for Hazy Mills and Universal TV. Megan Hilty, Thomas Lennon, Samantha Isler and Linda Lavin co-star. Of NBC’s three freshman comedies to launch this fall, The Michael J. Fox had a 22-episode order from the get-go, Sean Saves The World has received a back order, while Welcome To The Family has been cancelled. Sean joins breakout freshman drama The Blacklist, which also has received a back order, a full-season 22-episode pickup.
UPDATE: NBC Cancels ‘Welcome To The Family’ & ‘Ironside’, Gives ‘Sean Saves The World’ Script Order, Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Community’ & ‘Chicago PD’
UPDATE, 1:55 PM: I’ve learned that NBC‘s other new Thursday comedy awaiting word on its fate, Sean Saves The World, has received an order for 4 additional scripts. While the series posted a 1.1 in adults 18-49 last night, same as freshly cancelled Ironside, it does build on its Welcome To The Family lead-in (0.9 last night), and NBC brass have been encouraged with the show’s creative direction. The third new NBC comedy, The Michael J. Fox Show, has a 22-episode order.
PREVIOUS 13:35: NBC has pulled Ironside and Welcome To The Family three weeks into their freshman runs. Welcome To The Family is gone effective immediately, while Ironside will air one more episode next Wednesday before falling off the schedule. Beginning October 30, repeats, Dateline and specials will air in Ironside’s 10 PM berth until January 8, when Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago P.D. will debut in the slot that successfully launched the mothership series last season. On Thursdays, NBC will air a mix of back-to-back Parks And Recreation episodes and various specials for the next two months, with veteran Community launching its fifth season on January 2 with back-to-back episodes from 8-9 PM before moving to its old 8 PM slot, with current occupant Parks And Rec sliding to Welcome To The Family‘s 8:30 PM period beginning with the January 9 episode, the show’s 100th. Ironside and Welcome To The Family have been among NBC’s lowest-rated series on the air. In their most recent airings, Ironside logged a 1.1 in 18-49, flat with the previous week and the same as Sean Saves The World, while Welcome To The Family was up a tenth to a 0.9. Here is a rundown of NBC’s plans for the two time periods:
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.”
EXCLUSIVE: How To Live With Your Parents creator Claudia Lonow has inked an overall deal with Universal Television. Under the pact, Lonow will join the writing staff of the studio’s upcoming NBC comedy series Sean Saves The World starring Sean Hayes and will also develop new projects. WME-repped Lonow is a rare female comedy writer-producer who has created four shows that have gotten on the air: Accidentally On Purpose for CBS, Rude Awakening for Showtime, Good Girl’s Don’t for Oxygen and most recently How To Live With Your Parents for ABC this past midseason. “Claudia is a gifted writer and producer with a strong female comedic point of view,” Universal TV’s EVP Bela Bajaria said. “We know she’ll contribute greatly to our new comedy Sean Saves The World and enhances our strong roster of creative talent at Universal Television.”
Smash standout Megan Hilty will be returning to NBC’s primetime next fall with a co-starring role opposite Sean Hayes in the new multi-camera comedy series Sean Saves The World. Created by Victor Fresco, the 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 (Samantha Isler), who just moved in, while navigating a temperamental new boss (Thomas Lennon) at work. In a recasting, Hilty will play Liz, Sean’s long-time loyal friend, a former therapist, with whom he also works. She replaces Lindsay Sloane, who played the role in the pilot. Sean Saves The World reunites Hilty with Hayes who did an arc on Smash. She is with Gersh and Perennial Entertainment.
NBC’s New Show Trailers: ‘Dracula’, ‘Ironside’, ‘Michael J Fox’, ‘Sean Saves The World’, ‘Welcome To The Family’
Here are new trailers just released by NBC for the network’s new fall shows, which were officially unveiled yesterday ahead of the upfront presentation that’s just getting underway in New York. Yesterday, NBC released some first-look clips. Here are the latest trailers — still waiting for About A Boy and The Family Guide it seems,so keep checking back:
Dracula — Drama
Ironside — Drama
NBC First-Look Teasers: ‘Ironside’, ‘The Blacklist’, ‘Michael J. Fox’, ‘Sean Saves The World’, ‘Welcome To The Family’
UPDATED: Check out first clips from NBC‘s new dramas Ironside and The Blacklist, plus comedies The Michael J. Fox Show, Sean Saves The World, and Welcome To The Family, part of the just-unveiled 2013-2014 line-up. More teaser clips added as they come.
Ironside — Drama
Produced by Universal Television, Davis Entertainment, Yellow Brick Road Productions. From writer/executive producer Michael Caleo and executive producers Teri Weinberg, John Davis, John Fox, Ron West and David Semel:
The Blacklist — Drama
Produced by Sony Pictures Television. From writer/executive producer Jon Bokenkamp and executive producers John Eisendrath, John Davis and John Fox:
The Michael J. Fox Show — Comedy
Produced by Sony Pictures Television and Olive Bridge Entertainment. From writer/executive producer Sam Laybourne and executive producers Alex Reid and Will Gluck and co-executive producer Richard Schwartz:
There will be a recasting on the newly picked up NBC multi-camera comedy series Sean Saves The World. Lindsay Sloane, who co-starred opposite Sean Hayes in the pilot, will be departing. 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 played Liz, Sean’s long-time loyal friend, a former therapist, with whom he also works. This marks the second recasting on a newly picked up series, joining another NBC comedy, The Family Guide, which is subbing Parker Posey.