Out actor Sean Hayes describes the sexuality of the character in his upcoming television show as incidental.
Hayes and the creator of Sean Saves the World, Victor Fresco, spoke at the Television Critics Association conference yesterday (27 July).
‘It’s an afterthought just like any other character or minority now,’ Hayes said, as reported by the site Deadline. ‘Which is how it should be. It’s even sad that it’s a question, really.’
While acknowledging the debt to the sitcom Will & Grace, Fresco noted the new show existed on its own terms.
‘Without Will & Grace, we would not be here right now, Fresco said, according to Deadline. ‘But I think of this as a post-gay show where there is a gay man at the center but it’s not about his being gay.’
Will & Grace aired on NBC from 1998 to 2006. Hayes played the flamboyantly funny Jack McFarland.
Sean Saves the World, also an NBC program, has Hayes as the father of a 14-year-old girl who moves in with her dad. His character is adjusting to that change, as well as having a new boss at work who is quite temperamental.