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NBC stops production of Sean Hayes first sitcom since Will & Grace after just 12 episodes

Sean Saves the World has struggled in ratings along with rest of network's Thursday night line-up
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NBC has stopped production of the Sean Hayes sitcom Sean Saves the World after just 12 episodes have aired.

Hayes sent out a tweet Tuesday (28 January) thanking NBC for a 'wonderful opportunity' as well as the show's cast and crew which included Linda Lavin as his mother and Megan Hilty as his best friend.

'Looking forward to Obama's minimum wage increase to $10/hr,' Hayes tweeted.

Hilty also took to Twitter and wrote: 'Thanks for all the kind words about the cancellation of #SSTW. I'm a lucky lady to have gotten to work with such an incredible cast & crew!'

NBC has not made an official announcement on the fate of the series. But network chairman Bob Greenblatt acknowledged last week during the TV Critics Association press tour that the show and the rest of the network's Thursday night comedy line-up is struggling badly in the ratings.

The network had ordered 18 episodes of the show and 14 had been completed. That means there are two completed episodes that have not aired and it's not clear if and when they will.

In his first sitcom since Will & Grace left the air in 2008, Hayes played a gay man juggling raising a teenaged daughter with his demanding job and dealing with an outspoken mother.

He told Gay Star News before the show's premiere last fall: 'Who knows if it's the right time or not. Time will tell if it's a hit or if it fails or whatever. You never know.'

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