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Sean Saves the World Review

Pilot Scoop: Sean Saves the World

Sean Hayes is returning to his old Will & Grace stomping grounds at NBC for a new show, Sean Saves the World, which airs its first episode tonight. Hayes plays a gay dad learning the landscape of single parenting, but is the comedy, costarring Tom Lennon, Linda Lavin, and Echo Kellum, worth checking out? Get my take on the pilot when you read on.

  • What it's about: Sean (Hayes) has a lot on his plate. His teenage daughter (Samantha Isler) has just come to live with him full time, and his new boss (Tom Lennon) is a power-hungry control freak. On the plus side, Sean has his mother (Lavin) to take on babysitting responsibilities and offer unsolicited advice.
  • Where it works: Hayes is as full of energy as ever, and the comically talented Kellum, who plays Sean's co-worker, is hilarious.
  • Where it doesn't: I can count on one hand the times I chuckled during the whole pilot. The comedy is too broad, the story is boring, and the laugh track adds little more than to remind you that you're supposed to be laughing . . . except you're not.
  • You might like this show if: You're dying to get a little Jack back in your life.
  • When it's on: Thursdays at 9 p.m. on NBC

Watch a preview for Sean Saves the World after the jump.

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Tim14835616 Tim14835616 2 years
I think "Sean Saves The World" is quite good, and is being dismissed unfairly simply because it's a multi-cam comedy shot in front of a live audience. For some reason, taste makers have decided that this form is "hacky" and "old fashioned." The recorded audience laughter especially seems to send them to their fainting couches. Have they never been to a live theater show where people laugh? How about a standup comedy performance? Does the live audience's appreciative laughter just ruin it for them? Maybe it's all traceable back to that scene in "Annie Hall" where Tony Roberts is goosing the audience laughter on his sitcom and Woody Allen bemoans how dishonest it is. That was just a gag in a movie. There is actually very little of that kind of "sweetening" done on multi-cam shows in my experience. Generally, the laughs are cut way-way down. Anyway, stop being mult-cam bigots. It's a pretentious and narrow attitude.
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