'Sean Saves the World's' Sean Hayes: 'Being gay is the 5th most interesting thing about him'

Let's start with the expected snarky reaction, which is: If Sean Hayes could not save this show, how can he save the world?And let's counter that with the assertion that sitcoms aren't intended to save the world. If all goes well, they make people laugh.NBC's Thursday "Sean Saves the World" has a solid cast, with Megan Hilty ("Smash") as Liz, Sean's co-worker, and Linda Lavin ("Alice") as his mom, Lorna. Lavin, with deadpan delivery, is perfect, and Hayes ("Will & Grace") has impeccable timing.Performed in front of an audience, this has the predictable feel of old sitcoms, albeit with the modern twist of a gay single dad who is not camping it up.The scenes with Hayes and Lavin are the best, and Lavin manages to be funny even before she's on-screen. In the pilot, she rings the doorbell repeatedly, and he snaps at her, "Calm down, you maniac! I'm parenting.""The good ones can do it...



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