This Thursday night, the Will & Grace scene stealer took center stage with Sean Saves the World, in which he stars as a divorced gay dad whose teen daughter (played by Samantha Isler) comes to live with him just as the online retailer he manages is dealing with an incredibly demanding new boss (Reno 911!‘s Thomas Lennon).
“Helping” Sean during this transition, this juggling of work and home life, are his sassy mother Lorna (Alice‘s Linda Lavin) and longtime gal pal Liz (Smash‘s Megan Hilty).
Echo Kellum (Ben and Kate) rounds out the cast as Sean’s yes-man employee Hunter.
Although the pilot (reshot in part once Hilty took over the Liz role) is a bit heavy-handed with the Overbearing Boss shtick and Lavin at times seems to be channeling some Rhoda Morgenstern/Betty White hybrid, later episodes flesh out the supporting players. (Example: Lorna and Liz, you will see, enjoy an amusingly caustic repartee with one another, due to something the latter did at Sean’s ill-fated, years-ago wedding.)
Kellum, meanwhile, seems to perk up most every scene via a smart marriage of line delivery and specific character.
Even if you felt the premiere episode (and its prolonged “bathroom escape” attempt) was a bit sitcommy, will you revisit Sean’s World? Vote on the pilot and share your review in Comments.