May 13, 2013

THE SKED 2013 UPFRONTS: NBC Trailer – “Sean Saves the World”


Another sitcom for NBC’s new “we wouldn’t be edgy if you begged us” Thursday night comedy line-up, as Sean Hayes returns to what’s now “Might-Watch TV” with SEAN SAVES THE WORLD. 

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Well, let’s give Sean this much:  as gay family sitcoms go, it looks better than The New Normal.  And Hayes seems to have promising chemistry with his TV sitcom mother, Linda Lavin.  The rest can be summed up with one gag:  Sean, who’s being forced by his obnoxious new boss to stay late at the office, missing dinner with his daughter, says incredulously to someone’s suggestion, “I’m not sneaking out the bathroom window,” and–SMASH CUT! to the bathroom window and Sean trying to sneak out.  That’s the kind of comedy this is going to be, where the jokes land exactly when and how you’d expect.  If it works, it could be TV comfort food–if not, it might be 13 episodes and out.

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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."