Debra Messing returning to NBC. Sean Hayes, where you at?

Debramessing_lWill & Grace‘s Debra Messing is reuniting with the writer/producers of The Starter Wife for a new NBC comedy. The untitled pilot is one of many incorporating the current economy into its plot:Messing will play a laid-off CEO who struggles with her new role as a full-timewife and mother, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This sounds great for her: She does smart-but-flustered so well.

This got me thinking: We know that Eric McCormack has a pilot at ABC: He’ll play a heart surgeon with a newborn and a friend whose kids have already left the nest. We’re watching (or not watching) Megan Mullally in ABC’s In the Motherhood. But where is Sean Hayes at? He’s been doing movies (Soul Men, The Bucket List) and theater (Damn Yankees with 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski). But I think we need him back on weekly TV. We can’t survive on Will & Grace reruns alone.

Any suggestions for a Hayes series? And what do you think of this new Messing show? Will you be watching?

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  • crash

    Pass. Get some new talent to work with already NBC!

  • bruno

    sean hayes is the only smart one who apparently knows better than to throw himself back into projects that are going to either wind up getting cancelled or not aired in the first place. dear will and grace alums, the day in the sun is over. you can go away now.

  • jamie

    She’s fugly.

  • jamie

    She’s fugly.

  • SteverB

    I think Sean Hayes is well aware that, for now, he’s been typecast as Jack as far as TV is concerned and no one is really interested in any of these people in anything other than W&G. Also, as Bruno said, these types of shows are going to wind up getting canceled or not aired at all. No one wants to see some stupid sitcom about the economy just yet — and maybe never.

  • SteverB

    I think Sean Hayes is well aware that, for now, he’s been typecast as Jack as far as TV is concerned and no one is really interested in any of these people in anything other than W&G. Also, as Bruno said, these types of shows are going to wind up getting canceled or not aired at all. No one wants to see some stupid sitcom about the economy just yet — and maybe never.

  • annette

    The actors of Will and Grace are MULTI-TALENTED AND DEFINITELY NOT ONE HIT WONDERS! There are soooo many people who love them and there is such a gaping hole in good comedies now…Megan Mullally is a great talent and we’re thrilled to have her back on primetime!

  • Brian

    Yes, everyone below is totally right. TV stars shouldn’t try to find emplyment in TV because morons like Crash, Bruno, Jamie, and SteverB say so. I mean, what kind of person tries to find work for which they have relevant experience? And why would they seek out work at a company they’ve worked at before? Seriously, you guys all suck really hard.

  • caray

    Debra Messing is living what would be Jennifer Aniston’s current acting career if she hadn’t married A-lister Brad Pitt. Debra also tried her hand in movies and now back to TV she goes. It’s no wonder Jennifer is milking her past relationship so much to stay relevant and continues to try desperately for movie stardom (she’ll head back to TV eventually too more a fit for her like Debra).

  • Amber

    I smell a spin-off show called “Just Jack” i’d totally watch :)

  • John

    So wait, Bruno, are you saying that TV actors should work for 5 years and then just, like, stop working?

  • Dave

    I agree, what’s with all the hate? All four actors were great on W&G, so why shouldn’t they continue to seek work in their chosen field? Also, they were hilarious to watch each week, so why wouldn’t we, the audience, want them back on TV? I’v enjoyed Megan Mullally on “In the Motherhood,” so here’s hoping the others’ projects do well. As for Sean Hayes, what about a comedy where he plays a teacher? A frazzled single dad? Heck, I’d even tune in to “Just Jack: The Series” (although I’m sure he’s probably had his fill of Jack…).

  • Michael Haverman

    I remember hearing a while ago that Sean was going to be in a pilot on showtime called bi-costal or something, what happened with that?

  • StaleCake

    I absolutely adore Megan Mullally and I can not get through an episode of The Motherhood. It’s like the worst parts of the bad Stand up act The Mommies, and the worst parts of Kids Say The Darndest Things, mashed up. The Motherhood is one TV show that should have been aborted.

  • Dave R.

    What ever happened to those rumors about a Karen & Jack show? I was disappointed that In The Motherhood didn’t live up to my expectations, but at least Mullally had a few nice snippy lines. It’s too bad she didn’t host her talk show in character as Karen (sort of like how Colbert is in character during The Colbert Report) or it probably would have done better. She never found her groove.

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