Details have started to emerge about Sean Hayes‘ new starring vehicle at NBC, including the fact that it’s attracted a high-profile writer to help shape it.
The comedy, which the network announced earlier this month, will star Hayes as half of a gay couple raising a 12-year-old son, EW reports. The show has also hired “Rescue Me” co-creator Peter Tolan to write and executive produce the pilot. Michael Wimer will also executive produce.
Hayes won an Emmy in 2000 (and was nominated six more times) for playing Jack on “Will & Grace.” The new project would be his first regular role on a series since that show ended. Hayes is also an executive producer of NBC’s new drama “Grimm” and TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland.”
Prior to “Rescue Me,” Tolan worked on comedies including “The Job,” “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Murphy Brown.” He’s written and produced a couple of comedy pilots in the past couple years, but they didn’t make the cut to go to series.
The NBC project is the second pilot deal Tolan has made in the past 24 hours. He’ll also serve as a non-writing exec producer on an ABC drama written by “Drop Dead Diva” creator Josh Berman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hayes’ currently untitled comedy is in the pipeline for the 2012-13 season at NBC.