Sean Saves the World’s lead star Sean Hayes, executive producer Victor Fresco talk about the change in television for gay characters


Sean Hayes who plays Sean in the brand new NBC comedy Sean saves the world has said that Will & Grace paved the way for the sitcom.

During the Television Critics’ Association press tour panel for the brand new series Sean Hayes who plays the lead character and executive producer Victor Fresco said that Will & Grace “was impactful” in terms of shows centering around gay characters.

Sean Saves the World focusses on Sean who is a divorced gay father. His 14-year-old daughter, Ellie comes to stop when her mother has to take a job out of town. She decides to stay with her father because she wants to continue at the same school and keep her friends.

Sean struggles to adjust to becoming a full-time father as he has to juggle a hectic work schedule, in which he has a weird new boss, his love life has taken a nose dive off a cliff and to add to it all, he has to deal with his pushy mother.

Not to mention there’s also the run of the mill questions such as – “If you’re gay, why did you sleep with my mother?”

At the TCA panel yesterday, Hayes said: “I didn’t think it had any weight to it. I thought it was… It’s a hard question to answer. I think that, of course, it was impactful, but to say that being on it, I don’t want to sound egotistical. To remove myself from Will & Grace, I would like to believe it had a big influence on the gay movement in America. According to Joe Biden, it did”.


When asked how television has changed completely for gay characters since back in the day, he added: “I think, thankfully, it’s an afterthought just like any other character of minority now – which is how it should be. It’s even sad it’s a question, really. But here we are”.

Fresco added: “I think that show allowed shows like this to happen. A show like this, which I think of as a ‘post-gay’ show, in that it has a gay man at the center of it, but it’s not being gay and I think without Will & Grace, we wouldn’t be here”.

Of course, NBC had a hit on its hands with gay comedy The New Normal but it was cancelled after the first season – which quite frankly, I’m still furious about.

Sean Saves the World premieres on Thursday, October 9 at 9/8c on NBC.