And now for some rather Smash-ing news: Megan Hilty has landed a series regular role opposite her former Smash co-star Sean Hayes in his new NBC comedy Sean Saves the World, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Hilty will play Liz, the BFF and co-worker of Hayes’ character — the role originally portrayed by Lindsay Sloane, who left the project shortly after it was greenlit by NBC.
The multi-cam sitcom, which will air Thursdays at 9/8c, finds Hayes attempting to both parent the teenage daughter who just moved in and appease a temperamental new boss. The cast also includes Linda Lavin (Alice), Echo Kellum (Ben and Kate), Thomas Lennon (Reno 911!), Samantha Isler and Vik Sahay (Chuck).
On Smash, Hayes played a powerful but neurotic Hollywood star whose broad comic performance threatened (and eventually doomed) a Broadway musical version of Dangerous Liaisons. Hilty’s Ivy Lynn proved to be the sole cast member who could give Hayes’ flighty stae the completely unfiltered feedback he needed — leading to a bond that was occasionally sweet and very frequently zany.
NBC has given series orders to Jason Katims’ About a Boy, J.J. Abrams’ Believe, Crisis, The Family Guide starring Parker Posey, and Sean Hayes’ Sean Saves the World, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Based on the Nick Hornsby novel and Hugh Grant film, About a Boy is about a loutish bachelor (David Walton) who finds his priorities in life shifting after he befriends an awkward young neighbor (Benjamin Stockham). Parenthood‘s Katims will write and executive-produce with original Boy producers Robert DeNiro, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Jane Rosenthal. Jon Favreau will helm the pilot, which landed on TVGuide.com’s 10 Promising Pilots list. Minnie Driver, Leslie Bibb, Al Madrigal and Anjelah N. Johnson will also star.
Believe, which was also on TVGuide.com’s list of promising pilots, tells the story of an unlikely relationship that develops between a young girl (Johnny Sequoyah) with a gift and a man (Jake McLaughlin) sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evildoers who covet her power. Harry Potter‘s Alfonso Cuaron and The Forgotten‘s Mark Friedman will write and executive-produce with Lost‘s Abrams and Bryan Burk. Kyle MacLachlan, Delroy Lindo, Sienna Guillory, Arian Moayed and Jamie Chung will also star.
In Crisis, Washington’s most powerful players, including the president, find themselves blackmailed into an international conspiracy by an unlikely puppeteer. The FBI and a rookie Secret Service agent (Lance Gross) must unravel the mystery. Life‘s Rand Ravich will write and executive-produce with Far Shariat. Gillian Anderson, Rachael Taylor, Dermot Mulroney, Max Martini, Michael Beach, James Lafferty, Halston Sage, Max Schneider, Joshua Erenberg and Stevie Lynn Jones will star.
Will & Grace alum Hayes stars in Sean Saves the World as a father who must figure out how to parent his 14-year-old daughter while dealing with a temperamental new boss. Better Off Ted‘s Victor Fresco will write and executive-produce with Hayes and Hot in Cleveland‘s Todd Milliner. Thomas Lennon, Echo Kellum, Lindsay Sloane, Samantha Isler and Linda Lavin will also star. Vik Sahay will guest-star.
The Family Guide is about a son (Eli Baker) who idolizes his blind father (J.K. Simmons) and is bemused by his precocious mother (Parker Posey) as he watches his family become closer post-divorce. ‘Til Death‘s D.J. Nash will write and executive-produce with Arrested Development‘s Jason Bateman. Harold Perrineau, Lance Lim and Ava Deluca-Verley will also star.