NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Actors Kristen Chenoweth and Sean Hayes kiss onstage during the 64th Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
If you’re looking to buy into the revenge business these days, I strongly urge you to invest in one Sean Hayes. It was only weeks ago that Hayes unwittingly found himself at the center of a minor media dustup when Newsweek reporter Ramin Setoodeh openly questioned Hayes’ ability to convincingly play a straight man. Since that time, Hayes has been nominated for a Tony, hosted the Tonys, produced Betty White’s new TV Land sitcom (ratings were massive), and now inked a development deal with NBC. Holy smokes, can someone please motivate me by slandering my sexuality? It really seems to do you some good. From Nellie Andreeva over at Deadline:
(Hayes’ company Hazy Mills) has inked a two-year overall deal with NBC Universal to develop network and cable series. Hazy Mills already has a project in development at USA Network with writer Jeff Rake about a performer who enters into the world of organized crime.
There’s no word on whether or not Hayes would star in any of those projects, which is a shame. Regardless of what Newsweek says, Hayes is a tremendously gifted and versatile actor. Hell, he was good enough to make me okay with being forced by my wife to watch “Will & Grace” on occasion. It takes a special kind of actor to get me to tolerate 30 minutes of Debra Messing every week. Rake has written for “The Practice,” “Boston Legal,” “Bones,” and a handful of other shows. So teaming him up with Hayes, should he star in that mafia idea for USA, could be a good time.
Either way, that is one big helping of crow Hayes is serving up to Setoodeh. That guy will have feathers in his teeth for weeks.