NBC stops production on gay dad sitcom ‘Sean Saves the World’

Sami Isler and Sean Hayes in NBC's "Sean Saves the World." Staff Reports

Sami Isler and Sean Hayes in NBC's "Sean Saves the World."

Sami Isler and Sean Hayes in NBC’s “Sean Saves the World.”

LOS ANGELES — NBC has stopped production on “Sean Saves the World,” effectively canceling the freshman sitcom starring out actor Sean Hayes as a divorced gay father juggling a career, a 14-year-old daughter and an overbearing mother.

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“Sean,” whose first-season order was extended to 18 episodes late last fall, has aired 12 of its 14 completed episodes, reports Variety. NBC will air a “Saturday Night Live” clip show in its time slot this week, and the Winter Olympics will pre-empt the night the following three weeks.

The series has struggled in the ratings since its premiere last fall. In its most recent airing, last Thursday, “Sean Saves the World” drew only 2.58 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen.

On Tuesday evening, Hayes tweeted: “Thanks to @SeanSavesWorld actors & crew & @NBC for a wonderful opportunity. Looking forward to Obama’s minimum wage increase to $10/hr.”

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