Sean Hayes Explains Why His New Series Is Flopping — and It May Not Sit Well With NBC

Oct 24, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Former "Will & Grace" star Sean Hayes, whose new NBC comedy series "Sean Saves the World" is struggling to find an audience, has a theory about why his show isn’t pulling viewers. TheTVPage reports that Hayes puts the blame on NBC.

The comedy, which averages about 3.4 million viewers, isn’t likely to make it to a second season, the story notes. But Hayes told the publication he thinks the show is "working."

He added, "It’s just the struggle of the elephant in the room, which is, ‘How do you get viewers to NBC?’ NBC programs great shows, it just doesn’t have the eyeballs CBS does.”

He also insisted that he and executives at NBC are "confident" about the comedy, which stars Hayes as a divorced, gay dad who is raising his teenage daughter.

“Even if I wasn’t on the show, it’d be the funniest sitcom, to me, on the air right now,” he told the publication. “I watch it and go, ‘Well, this is really f–king funny.’ I wouldn’t change anything right now, I think it’s all working.”



  1. Gosh, Sean’s blindness here is pretty amazing. He’s only listening to the echo chamber inside his own head. The basic premise of the show is extraordinarily weak, the cast exhibits very little chemistry as an ensemble, and the scripts are simply not funny. More to the point, Sean is just playing Sean all over again. Pardon me while I yawn right here.

  2. Sean should note the difference between his show and another show that is doing great on NBC (The Blacklist). Scripts, talent, you know, the usual differences.

  3. He sounds kind of like the character he played on ‘Smash.’ I had the pleasure to receive the rough cuts of the NBC pilots a few months back, and ‘Sean Saves the World’ was the only show I could not even make it through. And yes, I did watch all of ‘Welcome to the Family’

  4. Amazing to me that a show so unwatchable is averaging 3.4 million viewers…

  5. Sean is a talented guy who has done some great work over the years. Unfortunately this show should never have gotten past a table reading in rehearsal hall.
    I agree with the statement above, there is no chemistry between characters.
    Only a sitcom heavy weight writer/producer allowed to be a dictator with carte-blanche for the first 90 days could possibly save it…(emphasis on possibly).
    Peter Bright

  6. I had the misfortune to watch part of one episode of this series. Aside from Sean Hayes, I thought the acting was pretty awful, combined with terrible writing.

  7. God, I hate to be the lone voice in the wilderness on this one but I’ve watched a couple of episodes and I don’t see anything wrong with it. Gee, a sitcom with pithy to non-existent premise? That can be said for about 98% of all sitcoms ever produced. I have always said that there is no such thing as a bad concept, just bad execution (okay, the fake sitcom pilot that’s floated around online featuring Hitler & Eva Braun living in an apartment with Jewish neighbors may be the one exception to that rule). In the case of SEAN SAVES THE WORLD, I’ll amend that statement to mediocre execution.
    I’ve noticed that there seems to be a kind of prejudice against sitcoms in general among people who regularly post here. It’s not my favorite format but I can recognize decent ones when I see them. It’s almost like a sitcom has to be SEINFELD or MASH to be considered anything but a comedic crime against humanity.

  8. NBC cares for no one!! I say boycott them!!

  9. I feel sorry for him because he’s a very funny man, but I don’t think people have had a chance to move on from seeing him in his role as Jack in Will and Grace. To me he’s a gay man acting straight, so it’s just odd. Typecasting, it sucks.

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  11. So DG, what’s the story? Did NBC poison your dog? You’re such a consistent hater of all things Peacock, your comments are easily ignored.

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