By Neal Broverman
Originally published on Advocate.com October 24 2013 2:29 AM ET
Former Will & Grace actor and current star of NBC's Sean Saves the World Sean Hayes says his sitcom about a gay dad raising his daughter is likely headed for TV's graveyard.
Speaking candidly in an interview for The TV Page, the out star said NBC, currently hurting for viewers, can't attract the kind of audiences that could sustain his show.
"To me, [the show] is working," he said. "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."
Hayes also didn't mince words when it came to television critics, many of whom have not embraced Sean Saves the World.
"Yeah, but Will & Grace got [bad reviews]," Hayes said. "Big Bang Theory got those. Friends got those. They all did. Senifeld got horrible reviews. I think critics like to associate themselves with cool, hip things and multi-cams feel retro to them. To me, whatever's funny is funny. So if they don't think it's funny, that's one thing. But I think they get nervous because they want their name on something new and hip and cool, and a lot of times they associate that with single-cam shows because those are the du jour fomat. This format isn't that so they get scared."
An NBC executive previously described Sean Saves the World as "post-gay," while Hayes said his character's sexual orientation is an "afterthought."
Read the full TV Page interview here.