If you like Sean Hayes, they youíll like the NBC series Sean
Saves The World, mostly because he is playing the same
character he always does. Presumably , he is just playing
himself, as we have never seen him deviate from his standard
character that shapes up to be a clamorous, neurotic,
tightly-wound funny guy that does silly pratfalls and
physical bits. This show is mostly that, but sometimes heís
doing it at home, and sometimes heís doing it at work.
Unfortunately, heís not doing it with Will and Grace, which
is when he was funniest and much less derivative.
Linda Lavin plays his mother, Lorna, and she is among the
finer things in this show as she plays the no-nonsense
(although oversexed) grandmother to Seanís fourteen-year-old
daughter, Ellie played by Samantha Isler. Lorna steps in
after Seanís ex-wife moves away to take a job in another
city and is often the most reliable joke maker of the cast,
which has some pretty strong talent. Thomas Lennon plays
Max, Seanís boss, and sets the tone for the office segments
of the show. Megan Hilty and Echo Kellum play Liz and
Hunter, repectively. Kellum, most recently was on a very
funny, way too underrated show on Fox, Ben and Kate. He was
a scene-stealer then, and he is here, too.
This show has some nuggets of genuine humor, but there is so
much frenetic chaos happening, and it's just turned up so
loud that those nuggets get lost. Sean Saves The World has
the potential to be funny if they can relax into the rhythm
and stop screaming at us to laugh at them. It would also be
helpful if shows this season, Sean included, would stop
assuming that we need moments of emotional authenticity in
every showÖ we donít. Its ok for a show just to be funny.
Every episode doesnít have to be
A Very Special Episode.
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