Pilot Scoop: Linda Lavin Joins Sean Hayes' NBC Comedy as His Mother

Linda Lavin Sean Hayes pilot

Alice alum Linda Lavin has been cast as Sean Hayes‘ mom in his untitled NBC comedy pilot, TVLine has learned.

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The network’s vehicle for Hayes, from Better Off Ted creator Victor Fresco, is a multi-camera project centering on a man attempting to both parent the teenage daughter who just moved in and appease a temperamental new boss. Hot In Cleveland‘s Todd Milliner also will produce.

Lavin played Alice‘s titular hash-slinger for nine seasons. Her TV credits also include Room for Two, Conrad BloomThe O.C., The Sopranos and Law & Order: Criminal Intent

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11 Comments
  1. StupidPeopleShutUp says:

    I find her way too abrasive.

    • Templar says:

      Not just that. The very Irish Hayes as the son of the very Jewish Lavin is ridiculous. i like them both, but this is terrible miscasting.

      • rowan77 says:

        Hardly. Did you see the adorable Irish blond that played her son on Alice? Phillip McKeon. She’s exudes east coast much more than anything else. She isn’t abrasive as much as she has sharp edges – which is perfect because Sean has no edges at all. She’ll be a great foil. I think it’s inspired casting.

  2. And dont forget her short lived work on Barney Miller.

  3. Paul says:

    I loved Alice growing up. I guess that means I’m old. I’m glad to Linda back. And Sean is always hilarious.

    • rowan77 says:

      Did you see him on Letterman when he was dong Promises, Promises on Broadway? He was brilliantly funny. And it’s from the guy who created Better Off Ted – which was unbelievably hilarious. I’m really looking forward to seeing this pilot now.

  4. Cynthia says:

    I LOVE it. She KILLED on Broadway last year… well every year I can remember. Great casting. Looks like the show is coming together in a good way.

  5. Tony says:

    So will Sean hayes be playing a gay guy, because I just don’t think I’ll be able to buy him as a straight guy, this is not knocking gay actors, but not all of them can pass for straight, NPH and Matt Bomer are completely believable, but Sean hayes..not so much.

    • Craig S says:

      Hayes’ problem isn’t that he’s fundamentally incapable of passing for straight — he’s a great comedic actor who’s capable of playing roles every bit as diverse as NPH and Bomer are. Rather, his issue as an actor has to do with the fact that he’s so closely associated with an iconic gay *character* that some people still have difficulty accepting him in another role no matter how good his performance is. It’s simple typecasting, no different from what Kelsey Grammer went through after “Frasier”, or NPH after “Doogie Howser”, or Ted Danson after “Cheers”, or anybody after “Seinfeld”.

      Actors who get a really iconic role under their belts like that almost always struggle, for some years after it ends, to dissociate their public image from that character enough to really be accepted in a new role. Yeah, most eventually make it out, and Hayes will too. But their abilities as actors aren’t the problem.

      tl;dr It’s not Hayes’ own sexuality that makes it hard for some people to accept him in a non-gay role. It’s Jack McFarland’s.

  6. Rick says:

    He needs Megan Mullally…Then it would be awesome!!

  7. Nick says:

    They shot the pilot (rehersal) tonight in front of a live audience….very positive reactions from the crowd!

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