It does speak to a remarkable change in TV land that most people are responding to an openly gay male lead played by an openly gay man in "Sean Saves the World" (premieres Thurs. Oct. 3 at 9:00 p.m.) with a collective shrug. Well, unless they're critics at press tour.
Though star Sean Hayes was asked about the influence of his breakout show "Will & Grace" on the cultural zeigeist, he wasn't eager to beat a drum for the series' influence. "Of course it was impactful; I don't want it to sound egotistical… I would like to believe it had a big influence on gay America. To Joe Biden it did." But as to why he took the gig, it wasn't with an eye to the future. "I was 26 years old. It was a job... It's even sad that it's a question, really. But here we are. It's normal."