The actor returns to NBC with a starring role on the fall comedy, where he plays an openly gay man adjusting to fatherhood when his daughter moves back in with him.
The actor, who rose to stardom on the 1990s comedy alongside Debra Messing and Eric Mc Cormack, told reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour that the eight-season show helped pave the way for gay characters on TV.
STORY: Network Axes Fall Hard on Gay Characters The comments came shortly after NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt noted that he didn't think the reason didn't work was because of its central storyline about a same-sex couple having a baby via surrogate.
"We think the country is moving in the right direction; the Supreme Court made the right decision," Greenblatt said, noting would be less "issue-oriented" than the Ryan Murphy/Ali Adler vehicle.
"He will be dating but his focus is on his daughter, that's the big new thing in his life," Fresco said.
“I think ‘Will & Grace’ probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody’s ever done so far,” Vice President Biden said on “Meet The Press” in 2012, explaining his support for gay marriage.
In the 11 years since “Will & Grace” ended, gay characters and gay life have become an entrenched part of the mainstream in shows as disparate as “Empire,” “Glee” and “Modern Family.” Even soap operas and action blockbusters such as “X-Men” and “Star Trek” have gay nods.
The role also earned him four SAG awards, an American Comedy Award, and six Golden Globes nominations.So I'm glad that he feels free to talk [now], but let me tell you something: Sean has never hidden anything. I don't think he was ever pretending to be anything he wasn't. It's never enough." Despite his willingness to finally speak to the press about his sexuality, Hayes is still remaining private when it comes to the finer details. "I never have had a problem saying who I am," Hayes, 39, tells the mag. Just because we're performers doesn't mean we are that person."He's known for his character on ‘Will & Grace,' but that's not who he is. This is such an opportunity and such an important play to me because I’ve been fascinated with religion my whole life.