In the wake of the gay family values show The New Normal was cancelled, the struggling network NBC is already giving a green light to another show that centers around LGBT characters. Here’s more:
Since his Emmy-winning turn as Jack Macfarland on the hit sitcom “Will & Grace” ended in 2006, his most prominent television roles have been guest appearances on other NBC shows such as “Up All Night,” “30 Rock,” and the current season of “Smash.” Now the Peacock network seems poised to bump him up to leading man status again as they have announced their pick-up of Hayes’s new sitcom, “Sean Saves the World,” for next season.
In “Sean Saves the World,” Hayes trades Jack’s jazz hands for the life of a divorced gay dad who tries to find a way to balance his work life with caring for his teenage daughter who moves in with him. Could this comedy tick the “gay” box for NBC if they decide not to renew the still-on-the-bubble “The New Normal?” That remains to be seen, but having Hayes back in primetime every week should be a welcome return for the network.
So, does the premise sound promising? Will the creators of this new show be able to be authentic in their storytelling or will they result in drab, superficial and another Ryan Murphy plot driven mess or will these characters have dynamic while being able to tell a story that makes them real? Only time will tell.