Sean Hayes talks new NBC show, 'Will & Grace,' Pittsburgh

by: Carly Noel Updated:


PITTSBURGH - On Tuesday, I chatted with actor Sean Hayes about his new NBC show “Sean Saves the World.”

“It’s an ironic title because it’s about my world, in which I’m balancing between home and work,” said Hayes.

The show premieres Thursday and stars Hayes, who plays a divorced gay dad juggling a lot -- his career, offbeat employees, his mom and weekends with his teenage daughter.

Hayes, who played Jack on “Will & Grace,” believes the popular sitcom helped paved the way for gay characters on television.

“I think any gay character on television is now an afterthought. It’s about, 'Who is that person?' rather than 'What is that person?'” said Hayes.

The Emmy and SAG award-winning actor told me he still keeps in touch with the “Will & Grace” cast. He had lunch with Eric McCormack, who played Will, a month ago, and emails Debra Messing.

Similar to the Jack and Will friendship on “Will & Grace,” “Sean Saves the World” features a special friendship between Hayes’ character and Megan Hilty's character, Liz. Hilty, the former “Smash” star, went to Carnegie Mellon University.

“Oh ya … She told me she went to school in Pittsburgh,” said Hayes.

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