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OCTOBER 28, 2013
Talk about biting the hand that feeds you
When I read the headline “Sean Hayes blames NBC for his sitcom’s low ratings” I had to read the article. Why was the former Will & Grace star blaming the network that, well, made him a star?
Admittedly I think Hayes is funny and a very nice guy. I met him at a TV Land event a couple years back. He is one of the big guys behind Betty White’s hit show, Hot in Cleveland.
So what was this whole thing about him not admitting his show sucks and just blaming the network that bought the show?
When Hayes’s return to sitcoms was announced many, many, many months ago, I was excited to see what he would do as the leading man. But I think I lost interest and didn’t keep track of when the show was premiering so I missed the first few episodes. I did watch one. Was I wetting my pants in laughter? Not really. There were some smiling moments but certainly my knees didn’t hurt from slapping them.
Hayes made the comment, “It’s just the struggle of the elephant in the room which is, ’How do you get viewers to NBC?’ NBC programs great shows, it just doesn’t have the eyeballs CBS does.”
Doesn’t star power have something to do with it? If you have big names with legions of fans, isn’t that enough?
Hayes said that even if he wasn’t starring on the show that “it’d be the funniest sitcom, to me, on the air right now.”
Is he suggesting that no matter how funny a show is that if it is on the wrong network in primetime that people will miss it? Or do all shows have an equal opportunity when they are on one of the big four networks?
Sweeps started at the end of October so were Hayes’s comments his way of making excuses for poor ratings through November (already)? Was it his easy way of saying, “Hey, we’re probably gonna get cancelled and it’s thanks to NBC nobody watched it so we were doomed to fail”?