NBC Pulling the Plug on ‘Sean Saves the World’

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The Sean Hayes-fronted half-hour has struggled alongside 'The Michael J. Fox Show' on the network's Thursday night schedule

NBC has decided not to go forward with Sean Hayes rookie comedy “Sean Saves the World,” which has stopped production and effectively been cancelled.

The show, which stars Hayes as a divorced gay father of a 14-year-old girl, has struggled in the ratings from the outset. In its most recent airing, last Thursday, “Sean Saves the World” pulled a 0.7 rating/2 share in adults 18-49 and 2.58 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen.

“Sean,” whose first-season order was extended to 18 episodes late last fall, has aired 12 of its 14 completed episodes. NBC will air a “Saturday Night Live” clip show in its timeslot this week, and the Winter Olympics will gobble up the night the following three weeks.

This the second first-year NBC Thursday half-hour to be cancelled this season, following “Welcome to the Family,” which aired just three times on the night in the fall.

The third new comedy NBC bowed on Thursday in the fall, “The Michael J. Fox Show,” has similarly struggled but may stick around a while longer because it had received a 22-episode order. It’s unclear if it, or the un-aired episodes of “Sean Saves the World,” will air in Thursday’s 9 o’clock-hour post-Olympics.

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  1. James says:

    Wow, That was a shocker, that was my favorite comedy in years. My Gf and I looked forward to it every Thursday. Such a great cast, set design, and just fun. Bummed. Wtf?

  2. Betty G. says:

    So sad to see it go. We loved this show! Sooooo funny!!

  3. Michaela says:

    Maybe, just maybe, mainstream America is tired of the whole ‘agenda’ being shoved down our throats?

  4. Francis Leckie says:

    Doesn’t seem like it was given enough time to find an audience. It was funny, pleasant and friendly for all types. Should have slowly, but surely grown in popularity.

  5. Cathy says:

    Of course they are pulling the plug on Sean Saves the World. The reason—it is funny, well written and very entertaining. Why not pull it? Why not give us something coma inducing, like another reality show? Why not? Dang, one of the best shows on TV, gone before it is given a chance. Dang.

  6. Ronnie says:

    I love Sean Saves the World it sucks it got pulled, soon tv will all be all reality shows witch i hate, bring back SEAN SAVES THE WORLD. I loves everyone who acted in Sean saves he world I’m sorry people r so fucked up they don’t know good an funny tv.`

    • Anne says:

      Ronnie, I know!! I am so bummed!! I was hoping there would be something like a petition that people could sign to save this show!!

  7. Anne says:

    Julienne are you and idiot? Or, do you not realize we are living in the 21st Century! I love this show and am going to be sad to see it go! I love Sean Hayes and Linda Lavin has really surprised me. I want NBC to reconsider and as Julienne puts it: “Force being gay single Dad down the throats of the American Public.” Oh, and Julienne you are the numbskull who needs to grow a brain!!

  8. Julienne says:

    HELLO?! NBC can’t force being gay single dad down the throats of the American Public! Gays only make-up about 7% of our Society. Grow a brain numbskulls.

    • Francis Leckie says:

      Change the channel and keep your mindless bigotry to yourself. The gay community has always been stuck watching your kind and your not special.

    • Michelle says:

      Please go back into your bigoted cave and stay there thanks

    • Hilary says:

      Julienne, sweetie, it looks like you forgot YOUR brain at home. Homosexual couples and individuals are on television shows on nearly every major network, in beloved shows with millions of viewers. Will and Grace ran for EIGHT seasons on NBC, and two members of the main cast were openly gay. That what the SHOW was about. And the “American Public” made it the highest-rated sitcom among adults from 2001 and 2005. The “American Public” loved it so much that it got to win 16 Emmy Awards and 83 nominations.

      If a show didn’t work, the gay factor wasn’t why. It wasn’t even “Sean,” who played Jack on Will and Grace himself. Writing, ratings, timeslots, directing, cast are all factors that influence cancellations. Please, learn something about the industry before you speak again.

  9. Pookie says:

    Sean Hayes is far too old to still be playing the “Jack” character.
    It is just ?NOT funny, and kind of creepy

  10. Everybody loves Sean Hayes in Will and Grace, but Sean saves the world was painful to watch.
    As long as all of original cast of Will and Graces struggle to make any good show on their own, maybe they could continue the Will and Grace stories…

  11. Mickey says:

    Thank God.

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