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Sean Saves the World (NBC)

Number of episodes: 1
Ratings for debut: 1.6 (4.9 million viewers)
Stars: Sean Hayes, Linda Lavin, Samantha Isler, Thomas Lennon, Megan Hilty, Echo Kellum, Vik Sahay
Premise: Sean's (Sean Hayes) world is flipped around when he is dumped by the love of his life and his online retail company is bought up, leaving him at the mercy of his new boss Howard (Vik Sahay), a manipulative robot. Oh, and his 14-year-old daughter, Ellie (Samantha Isler) has just moved in to his New York apartment after her mother abandoned her. How can Sean please his asshole boss by working late each night and get home to make chicken parm for a teenage daughter he knows almost nothing about? Thankfully, Sean isn't doing it alone—his mother Lorna (Linda Lavin) is there to help with a sarcastic remark or two, and Sean's office pals Liz (Megan Hilty) and Hunter (Echo Kellum) have his back.

Prognosis: Victor Fresco's Sean Saves the World seems to have all of the tried and true character components in place—the bad guy boss, the quirky coworkers, the tough-love mother—but there's still something askew (maybe it's the laugh track). Hayes has good timing and great delivery, but it's not enough to carry the single parenting shtick. If the show wants us to care about the characters (Sean's recent heartbreak, Ellie's buried emotional issues), there needs to be more energetic interactions between characters because slinging one-liners at each other doesn't cut it. We're willing to wait to see how Sean develops, but if it wants to outlast the rest of the family-centric sitcoms, it's going to have to work harder. —Debbie Encalada

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