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[by Guest Columnist Erica; you can read her blog at ihearttv.blogspot.com]
It fascinates me that Sean Hayes, star of Will & Grace, is out there promoting his new show Situation: Comedy just as W & G is facing scorn and criticism over its 15 Emmy nominations. Nearly every article I read about the Emmys sees W & G as a show past its prime and undeserving of such accolades, yet we now have poor Sean Hayes holding himself up as an arbiter of television taste. Situation: Comedy.
Sit:Com features Sean Hayes (an Emmy Award-winner for his portrayal of Jack) and his producing partner Todd Milliner in a show that’s exactly like Project: Greenlight, but with a sitcom instead of a movie. In a TV Guide interview, Hayes claims that “the execution is different,” but I don’t know if I believe him. Ultimately, viewers will see pilot episodes from the two finalists and vote on a winner that will have a chance of being picked up by NBC.
Will the contestants on Sit:Com take the (boring) high road of the first two seasons of Project: Greenlight? Will they come up with the next Everybody Loves Raymond? (Let’s hope not.) I was pretty down on this show until I dug around on the website and discovered that the two finalists will have their pilots directed by Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) and Amanda Bearse (Married with Children). I might have to watch just to see Kevin Arnold and Marcy Rhodes duke it out – clothing optional, of course.