Sean Saves the World Series Premiere Preview [PHOTOS, VIDEO + Sean Hayes Interview]
Raise your hand if you are so excited for Sean Hayes to be back on television on a weekly basis. Yeah, me too! I, along with many of you, have been a fan since Will and Grace.Â Sean was able to talk to a bunch of media outlets –including TV Goodness — aboutÂ Sean Saves the World.
Sean Saves the World is about a gay single dad who’s trying to juggle it all. From his overbearing boss and offbeat employees at work – to his pushy mom and weekends with his teenage daughter at home – handling it all is no easy task. So when Ellie — his 14-year-old bundle of joy — moves in full-time, it’s a whole new challenge.
Since his legendary role of Jack from Will & Grace,Â Sean has been producing as well as acting. But in his own words he shares about the new show that is bringing him back to our screens every week:
About his new show and why he is back on television now.
SEAN HAYES: Well, everything is about timing. And I know a lot of friends and fans had been saying, ‘When are you coming back to TV? When are you coming back to TV?’ Which is a wonderful thing to hear. And then the network asked, ‘When are you coming back to TV?’ And like everything, itâ€™s about timing, and so all these things just came in line. Â And when I met with Victor Fresco, the creator of this show, we were tossing around ideas and we landed on this one. And I was like, ‘Yes, Iâ€™ve never seen that character on TV before, a single gay dad raising a family,’ or raising his daughter actually. And so to me, television is all about characters you havenâ€™t seen and relationships you havenâ€™t seen. And this one I havenâ€™t seen yet so I thought that was interesting.
Sean Saves the World/The Michael J. Fox Show Promo
How becoming a successful producer affects him as an actor and the choices he makes:
SEAN: I think in order to be a better anything, you must be educated. So as an actor, to be a better actor, I think you should just know a little bit about as much as you can. If I knew a little bit about directing and acting and producing and writing and line producing and craft services and all of it, I think it makes you, first of all, appreciate how lucky you are and appreciate, more importantly, the people who work around you. I think a lot of the times when youâ€™re a young actor like I was, I was dumb and a lot of people still believe. And I should say maybe naive in that I was unaware of my surroundings and what made – what went in to making a machine of a show, because I believe every show is a machine that you build by hiring the right people and all the parts have to work together. So I think Iâ€™m more self-aware now of what goes into making a good machine.
Landing Linda Lavin, who plays Sean’s mom
SEAN: That was actually the title we had at first, Landing Linda. And then we just switched it toÂ Sean Saves the World because that sounded too dirty. Landing Linda is actually a greatÂ title. [Linda Lavin] is a living legend. She is – a lot of people donâ€™t know her extensive success on stageÂ and Broadway. Weâ€™ve got a lot of theater folks on the show which I think is a huge factor inÂ cultivating a hit sitcom. Sitcoms are multi-cams, I should say, are the closest things related toÂ theater. And so in that sense, we are so fortunate to get Linda onboard. Tony Award-winningÂ Linda Lavin who you could give literally any line to and she would get a huge laugh. So asideÂ from being incredibly talented and gifted in zingers and playing the truth of scenes, she is also anÂ incredibly warm, down-to-earth person and weâ€™ve developed this wonderful workingÂ relationship where I actually do feel like itâ€™s my real mom, you know. Of course, nobody canÂ take the place of my real mom but she certainly comes close.
Clip of Sean and Linda on Sean Saves the World
Casting Megan Hilty:
SEAN: I mean we were so fortunate to get her and to have her come on board to share her talent. Iâ€™m excited for our viewers who are fans of hers from either Smash or Broadway orÂ anywhere, to see on a large scale her comedy chops which are brilliant.Â And she is just a delightÂ to have around and adds so much comedy to the team. So weâ€™re very lucky to get her. MeganÂ Hilty is phenomenal. Of course working with her on Smash was amazing and a wonderfulÂ fulfilling opportunity for me.Â And I knew that she was hilarious. I donâ€™t know that AmericaÂ knows that yet because Smash was a drama. So Iâ€™m excited that America gets to see Megan beÂ funny and hilarious and in a way theyâ€™ve never seen her be before. There were many talented girlsÂ that read for the part. But when she came in she just nailed it; she just was it. And as they oftenÂ say, a lot of people donâ€™t have it and she does.Â She actually auditioned for me when I producedÂ another show for the CW so I knew of her talent. But we didnâ€™t know each other very well, butÂ in-school friends, I would say. But now weâ€™re out-of-school friends as well.
Clip of Sean and Megan from Sean Saves the World
What he finds most challenging part of the show
SEAN: I have a little bit of a control factor going on, and for me to release the control is a big step forÂ me and a very healthy step for me. Â So that was a challenge and Iâ€™ve overcome it already and soÂ itâ€™s great. In addition to that itâ€™s being funny every week. IÂ donâ€™t know that people really get how hard it is – nor is it their job to get how hard it is. TheirÂ job is just to be entertained. But itâ€™s a lot of work to be funny.
About the character being a gay man
SEAN: Just to clarify, the characteristic of the man being gay is the fifth most interesting thing. But on aÂ day-to-day level in society, dealing with these kinds of issues are within my daughterâ€™s lifeÂ and my life and our life together and now itâ€™s our life outside of it and at work and all of thoseÂ things, Iâ€™ve never seen that on TV.
About how the TV viewing audience has changed
SEAN: Well theyâ€™ve definitely progressed in a great way. I think, you know, with the success of socialÂ media, the world is being moved faster than ever and only to benefit the education of America toÂ everything, and the world.Â Â Â Â Â And so I donâ€™t know that this is that shocking of a characterÂ anymore as the gay thing goes, but the situations in which a single gay father is in is new.â€
Sean Saves the World premieres tonight at 9/8c on NBC.
Photo Credit for Following Images: Justin Lubin/NBC
Photo Credit for Following Images:Â Vivian Zink/NBC
Interview edited for space and content.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Dennis Heaton Talks The Imperfects
Longtime readers at TV Goodness will know that Motive is one of my ride-or-die series, and as such, I am fiercely loyal to its creator, Dennis Heaton. He followed up that fantastic reverse procedural with Netflix’s The Order and is back on our streaming screens with The Imperfects, which dropped…
Kelly McCormack Talks Favorite Moments in A League of Their Own
[Warning: Mild spoilers for season 1.] Now that you’ve had a chance to watch A League of Their Own, here’s the rest of my chat with Kelly McCormack about her favorite moments of the season. Seeing the iconic Peaches uniforms for the first time wasn’t just a goosebump moment for…
John Griffin and Harold Perrineau Talk From on EPIX Season 1 Finale
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] How are we doing, #FROMily? In case you missed it this morning, the very good news is that that cliffhanger will be followed by a second season, which was gifted this morning ahead of the linear broadcast of the finale. I always legitimately appreciate when we…
Elizabeth Saunders Talks EPIX’s From
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the things that makes EPIX’s From such a fun ride is the abundance of Canadian cast members. Elizabeth Saunders, who plays Donna, is a favorite from her turn on the third season of Mary Kills People [streaming on Global TV in Canada and Roku…
Corteon Moore Talks From “Broken Windows, Open Doors”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight’s episode of From had us all in our feels as we learned through flashbacks about the Sophie’s Choice Boyd had to make to save his son, and back in the present as Boyd said his piece with Ellis before heading into the woods with…
Pegah Ghafoori Talks From “All Good Things…”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode] Tonight on From, Fatima’s anniversary celebration turned into a Colony House of horrors when a misguided Kevin let his monster bae in and she promptly killed him and left the window open for her crew. While the party devolved into terror and sent everyone running,…
Shaun Majumder Talks From “Book 74”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight on EPIX’s From, Father Khatri made a bold move, kidnapping Sara instead of turning her in, and then recognizing her as a vessel for some big messages. That startling realization speaks to him on multiple levels–as a man of faith, a man trapped in…
Avery Konrad Talks About Sara’s Struggle in From “Silhouettes”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Over the course of the season so far on From, we’ve witnessed Sara’s battle against the voices telling her to to do terrible things, and tonight we saw her unravel further, threatening the Matthews and lashing out in a moment of terror with horrifying results….
Hannah Cheramy Talks From “Choosing Day”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight, on EPIX’s From, the Matthews participate in the show’s version of the sorting hat, choosing where to call home–the town or Colony House. At the end of the episode, Julie makes the decision to split from her family and instead settle in with Fatima…
Ricky He Talks From “The Way Things Are Now”
[Warning: Spoilers for episode 102 of EPIX’s From.] Epix’s new series From is two episodes in and it’s already laying the groundwork for a seriously spooky season. Tonight’s episode demonstrated the careful balance of relief and horror that the show hits, with our characters’ worst fears realized, just not when…
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…