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Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Debra Messing on her #MeToo-themed Will & Grace episode: "I went into my dressing room and I cried afterwards"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It felt instantaneously right and very organic to Grace Adler. One in three women experience sexual assault, so of course it makes sense that Grace would be one of them," Messing says of last week's episode. She adds: "I went into my dressing room and I cried afterwards, because the entire audience stood up on its feet to give a standing ovation and 25 percent of them were crying. That had never happened in 20 years. So we all felt in our cells that the story we were telling was really important."
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 1:37PM EST
NBC and Fox News pull Trump campaign's "racist" caravan ad
NBC received plenty of backlash for airing the much publicized Trump campaign ad during last night's highly rated Sunday Night Football game, including from Will & Grace star Debra Messing, who tweeted "I am ashamed that my network aired this disgusting racist ad." On Saturday, CNN tweeted that "this ad is racist." "After further review we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have decided to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible," NBC said in a statement. Fox News also decided to pull the ad. "Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network," Fox News said in a statement. When reporters asked Trump about the ad, the president responded: “I don’t know about it. I mean, you’re telling me something I don’t know about. We have a lot of ads, and they certainly are effective, based on the numbers that we’re seeing.” When asked if it was offensive, he said: “A lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive a lot of times.”
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 7:37AM EST
NBC slammed for airing "racist" caravan ad during Sunday Night Football that CNN refused to air
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The day after CNN said it refused to air Trump's migrant caravan ad because "this ad is racist," NBC decided to air the same commercial in primetime during the Green Bay Packers-New England Patriots game. Numerous Twitter users, including Judd Apatow, called out NBC for airing the ad. "I am disgusted that you would air that after @cnn refused to air it because it is explicitly racist. Shame on you. @NBCNews," tweeted Apatow," who added that it was a "low point in the history" of NBC. Meanwhile, Will & Grace star Debra Messing tweeted: "To our @willandgrace fans—I want you to know that I am ashamed that my network aired this disgusting racist ad. It is the antithesis of everything I personally believe in, and what, I believe, our show is all about."
Posted Wednesday 10/31/18 at 12:09AM EDT
Will & Grace stars film a PSA calling for fans to vote in the midterms
“Sean (Hayes) and I always meet to take selfies with our stickers after we go and vote!” Debra Messing says in the "I am a voter" campaign video.
Posted Thursday 10/04/18 at 5:24PM EDT
Megan Mullally: "We’re really lucky to get to do Will & Grace right now on network television"
Source: The Daily Beast
The actress says Will & Grace, which returns tonight to kick off its second revival season, is doing something difficult as a network sitcom by making noise amid more than 500 scripted TV show. “So many of them are really good,” she says. “But all those other shows i’m thinking about, they’re all on some cable channel or streaming service. They’re not on network. They can say anything and can do anything and can address any subject matter and can really like hunker down and go deep. I feel like we’re really lucky to get to do Will & Grace right now on network television. Because there’s a giant swath of the audience that are not watching all that groovy stuff. They’re not watching the very profound, great, pushing-the-envelope shows that we’re watching. So to have this show plunk right down in the middle of a Thursday night on network is so great. I feel really lucky about that.” Debra Messing adds that she wouldn't have done the revival if it wasn't allowed to tackle pop-culture and the current state of politics. “There were many reasons to believe that perhaps the network might have concern with us doing what we always had done," she says. "So I articulated that and said I need confirmation that you will fully support the creative team here to do what we always did. Once I got that confirmation, I was always in.” As for her own social media political activism, she says: "No one in my professional world has asked me to stop being outspoken. Which is great.”
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 10:27PM EDT
Will & Grace stars celebrate their 20th anniversary on social media
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Eric McCormack posted a photo from the pilot of him with long hair in the back, while Sean Hayes asked fans to share where they were when the pilot aired on NBC on Sept. 21, 1998.
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Will & Grace premiered 20 years ago today
See how Grace Adler, Will Truman, Karen Walker and Jack McFarland have evolved since the hit NBC sitcom debuted on Sept. 21, 1998. Debra Messing recalls her doubts that the sitcom featuring a gay lead character and a gay supporting would find an audience, while her co-star Eric McCormack was much more confident. “I distinctly remember after the pilot, sitting with Eric in the double chair on the set in front of the TV, and him turning to me and saying, ‘I think we’re going to be around for a long time.’ And I turned to him and I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Yes,'” Messing said.
Posted Thursday 9/13/18 at 4:01PM EDT
Will & Grace co-stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing now have Hollywood Walk of Fame stars next to each other
McCormack was presented with his Hollywood Blvd star in a ceremony this afternoon, with his co-stars Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes in attendance, as well as Michael Douglas. His star is right next to co-star Messing's star.
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 2:41PM EDT
Will & Grace gets Jon Cryer to play himself
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Two and a Half Men alum is expected to guest in a storyline involving Karen and Jack. ALSO: Debra Messing says David Schwimmer's role is "as far away from Ross as he can possibly get."
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 2:13PM EDT
David Schwimmer shows up to the Will & Grace set wearing matching outfits with Eric McCormack
Debra Messing shared the photo of her new love on-screen love interest and his hilarious outfit. ALSO: A 19-year-old Ross Geller Friends mystery has been solved.
Posted Wednesday 8/08/18 at 9:51PM EDT
Will & Grace is bringing David Schwimmer back to NBC's Thursday lineup as Grace's love interest
Source: USA Today
The former Friends star is joining Season 2 in a recurring role.
Posted Tuesday 7/17/18 at 9:09PM EDT
Cynthia Nixon received donations from Sex and the City's "Mr. Big," Lena Dunham and Alec Baldwin
Source: New York Daily News
Chris Noth donated $2,500 to his former co-star's gubernatorial campaign, while Baldwin gave $16,000. Also donating money were Lena Dunham, who gave $10,000, and Debra Messing, who gave $500. Nixon's HBO co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis previously donated $5,000 and $2,000, respectively.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Debra Messing: I had to wear fake breasts on my first sitcom
The Will & Grace star, in an Actors on Actors conversation with Sharon Stone, said of being handed cutlets to enhance her breast size for her first regular sitcom role: “‘I look stupid.’ I was like, ‘I’m not going to wear these,’ to which they responded, ‘The president of the network called and said he wants you to wear those.'”
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Are SNL's Colin Jost and Michael Che the right choice to host the first Emmys of the #MeToo era?
Source: Vanity Fair
This morning's announcement raises a question, says Laura Bradley: "Are Che and Jost really the right fit for this moment?" She adds: "As women fight to end exploitation and promote equal opportunities in the entertainment industry, choosing a woman from the SNL family would have sent a strong message—especially for an awards show that likes to praise the TV industry for supposedly being more progressive than the film world. (Kate) McKinnon, Leslie Jones, Cecily Strong, or Aidy Bryant would have made excellent Emmys hosts, either together or separately. (This also might have been NBC’s last chance to tap one of them, as all four seem likely to make their exits from SNL before the network hosts the Emmys again in four years.) Even beyond the halls of Studio 8H, there are plenty more talented women with TV shows on the current NBC roster, including Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Kristen Bell, America Ferrera, and Retta. (Bell even has one hosting gig under her belt already this year; she hosted the SAG Awards in January.) Were none of these women available?" ALSO: To have the first Emmys of the #MeToo era "hosted by two bros with a history of making highly questionable jokes is not good for progress."
# TOPICS: 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Aidy Bryant, America Ferrera, Cecily Strong, Colin Jost, Debra Messing, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Bell, Leslie Jones, Megan Mullally, Michael Che, Retta, Sexual Misconduct, Time's Up
Posted Monday 4/02/18 at 9:51AM EDT
Steven Spielberg recalls directing Steven Bochco's Columbo series premiere script in 1971
The Sept. 15, 1971 Columbo episode "Murder By the Book" kicked off the Peter Falk series after two previous Columbo TV movies. Spielberg and Bochco, the respective future titans of the movies and television, were still in their 20s when they collaborated on the first episode of a series that would have a 10-season run on NBC and ABC. "Steve was a friend and a colleague starting with the first episode of Columbo in 1971 that he wrote and I directed," said Spielberg in a statement, reacting to Bochco's death. "We have supported and inspired each other ever since and through many deep mutual friendships we have stayed connected for 47 years. I will miss Steve terribly.”
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