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Who knew Sean Hayes would have such a lucrative career? The Will and Grace actor has been pulling strings as an executive producer in the last few years, most recently for TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland and the Grimm pilot set for NBC. Apparently Hayes is pretty loyal to the Comcast-owned network -- he will foray back into acting on NBC with a new comedic role.
The as-yet-untitled comedy will star Hayes as part of a gay couple who are in the throes of raising a tween. Since Will and Grace ended in 2006, Hayes has had quite a few guest spots on TV, most notably as Jesse Parcell on 30 Rock, and even a few small film parts, but the new NBC comedy would be his first regular role in at least five years.
According to EW, the opportunity couldn’t be better. Hayes will get to work with Rescue Me creator Peter Tolan, who is set to write and executive produce. Tolan is just coming off a seven-year stint on Rescue Me. What I’d assume to be mirror-breaking punishment is over, and Tolan is freed up to return to his comedy roots. With Murphy Brown and Analyze This under Tolan’s belt, and Hayes just over his right shoulder, NBC may have found a much-needed formula for success. It’s just too bad the project won’t see the light of day until 2012-2013.
Stay tuned to Cinema Blend to see if Hayes can get a producer credit out of this gig as well.