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Goodbye 'The New Normal' and 'Happy Endings', Hello 'Sean Saves the World'

By Trudy Ring

NBC has canceled the gay-themed The New Normal, and ABC has pulled the plug on Happy Endings, which has a prominent gay character, although another network may pick up the latter.

The New Normal, created by Glee’s Ryan Murphy and starring Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as a gay couple seeking to become parents with a surrogate mother, had just modest ratings in its one season. NBC announced the cancellation today; the network’s only returning sitcoms will be the popular Parks & Recreation and the cult favorite Community, Deadline Hollywood reports. (The gay-inclusive Smash got the ax too, but we saw that coming.)

On Happy Endings, an ensemble comedy about a group of Chicago friends, the nonstereotypical gay character Max, played by Adam Pally, became a breakout favorite. ABC today announced that the show, which has been on for three seasons, will not be renewed. The USA Network, however, has expressed interest in it and likely will begin serious negotiations about picking it up now that the cancellation is official, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Meanwhile, out actor Sean Hayes will have a new sitcom on NBC this fall in which he plays a divorced gay man trying to balance the demands of his work, his teenage daughter, and his overbearing mother.

NBC announced this week that it had picked up Sean Saves the World, in which the Will & Grace veteran will costar with Sami Isler as his daughter (both pictured) and Linda Lavin of Alice fame as his mom. Also appearing are Thomas Lennon, who played Reno 911!’s shorts-clad gay cop Lt. Jim Dangle, plus Lindsay Sloane and Echo Kellum.

The creative team includes Hayes and Todd Milliner as executive producers, Will & Grace director James Burrows as director and executive producer, and Victor Fresco as writer and producer. The show is a production of Universal Television and Hazy Mills Productions.

Are you bummed about the cancellations? Do you have high hopes for Sean Saves the World?

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