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Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 5:37PM EDT
NBC announces fall premiere dates for This Is Us, Will & Grace, The Good Place and The Voice
The Voice kicks off Season 15 on Sept 24, This Is Us returns Sept. 25, The Good Place will have a one-hour Season 3 premiere on Sept. 27, while Will & Grace returns a day later on Thursday, Oct. 4.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 12:35PM EDT
Check out Will & Grace's revival gag reel
The Season 1 revival DVD comes with seven minutes of bloopers.
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 Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Why traditional TV is in trouble: The Top 9 network shows have a median age in the 50s
The median age of The Good Doctor and The Big Bang Theory viewers is in their late 50s, while Roseanne, This Is Us and Will & Grace have a median viewership in the early 50s. "The hottest shows on TV networks — which command the highest ad prices — are attracting older viewers, which is a challenge for brands that want to reach millennials and teens," says The New York Times. "For instance, this season’s top-rated show, the revival of Roseanne, has a median viewer age of 52.9 years. The network show with the lowest median age is Riverdale on the CW, at 37.2."
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 4:27AM EDT
Will & Grace creators talk celeb-filled season finale, and their Season 2 plans
"It was a little spotty because we had so many different actors with so many different schedules," says Max Mutchnick of the season finale, adding that Alec Baldwin "was such a big get for us, that we had to make sure we built the week around his time and the time that we had with him. For the most part, all these actors want to come and play with the actors that are on Will & Grace, so it has never really been a struggle to schedule."
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 1:15PM EDT
Roseanne's ratings fall to 15.2 million viewers in Week 2
Last night's episode was down 17% in total viewers and 25% in the demo, which falls in line with ABC and other networks' expectations. For comparison, the Will & Grace revival fell 30% in its second week.
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
Roseanne boss expects to continue not mentioning Trump's name in Season 2
In a wide-ranging interview, co-showrunner Bruce Helford reflected on all the hoopla surrounding the past week, including Roseanne Barr's new controversies and accusations that the show panders to President Trump's base. He also responded to Trump trying to take credit for the show's ratings success. "It's always weird when someone at that level weighs in on these kinds of things. In any case, everybody wants to be part of a winner, so everybody sort of jumps in," said Helford. When asked if Trump's name will come up in Season 2 after not being mentioned in Season 1, Helford responded: "We never set out to be a show about politics. We set out to be a show about the Conners and how the current political climate affects the family. We made a point of not mentioning names in the beginning and I believe we will probably maintain that same thing. There is no agenda here, in any direction. The idea is to present all sides of the dialogue. Making it specific like that isn't necessary. That's not what we're doing. We're not talking about the personalities involved. We're talking about the effects of all the politics on the lives of people like the Conners."
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 9:30PM EDT
Will & Grace co-creator donates a copy of John Oliver's Marlon Bundo book to every elementary school in Indiana
"I would like to donate this copy of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo to your library," Max Mutchnick wrote in a letter accompanying each book that is being donated to all 1,121 Indiana elementary schools in Vice President Mike Pence's home state. "After hearing about the book, I brought it home and read it to my twin daughters. It's a poignant story about how love and community can rise above intolerance."
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 1:40PM EDT
Will & Grace wanted to pay tribute to Debbie Reynolds and her character
Last night's episode honored Reynolds, who appeared in 10 episodes as Grace's mom. "It was very important to Debra Messing that we address both the character, Bobbi Adler, and the woman, Debbie Reynolds," says co-creator Max Mutchnick. "We loved her and miss her. She was a fantastic part of the show and she would have been a part of the revival, but, you know, such is life." ALSO: Will & Grace managed to wring comedy from grief.
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Why it's wrong to attribute Roseanne's big ratings to politics
"As a TV show, Roseanne hasn't suddenly become a mouthpiece for the alt right and any interpretation of the premiere that pretends it's a validation of a need for conservative TV is absurd," says Daniel Fienberg, adding: "Or, put a different way, Roseanne, a show that was once of its moment, came back as a show of a new moment and just as there was an audience for the show when it was at its peak, there was clearly an audience waiting for the show now." Fienberg expects that the big takeaway from the Roseanne revival will be to create shows about Trump supporters, or shows "about bridging gaps between Trump supporters and their estranged Trump-hating families (or Hillary supporters and their Trump-loving families). You can already bet that somebody in ABC's halls of power is wishing they had a new season of Last Man Standing ready to premiere after Roseanne next week or, failing that, hoping that they might convince Jonathan Taylor Thomas that America is ready for more Home Improvement. But Roseanne is not a conservative show."
- Roseanne's huge ratings prompts "soul-searching" from TV insiders who think it "revealed the untapped potential of comedies that provide realistic portrayal of blue-collar America"
- Sara Gilbert was "in shock" by the ratings: "There are no words because the words all sound cliche"
- Roseanne's progressivism and Roseanne Barr's personal beliefs might've created passionate interest on both sides
- ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey attributes the big ratings to a combination of nostalgia and politics
- Dungey says she was taken aback, but “I’m not quite ready to pull that trigger at this moment" on a Season 2 renewal
- Fox News stars celebrate Roseanne's ratings: "The 'Proud Deplorable' SMASHES expectations," tweeted Sean Hannity
- Rush Limbaugh wonders if pro-Trump shows will become a network trend
- A market-by-market comparison reveals Roseanne beat Will & Grace even in big cities like New York and L.A.
- Roseanne revival was good, but not because of Roseanne Barr
- John Goodman wasn't expecting massive viewership
- Becky's surrogacy storyline is problematic
- A warning: Reboots tend to fade after nostalgia factor wears off -- Will & Grace's demo audience has dropped substantially
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Is the nostalgia TV trend a kind of backlash to TV's increasing diversity?
"Let's first get this out of the way: There are definite exceptions to the Make (White) TV Great Again trend," says Inkoo Kang, pointing to Netflix's One Day at a Time and the planned reboots of Party of Five, Roswell and Charmed. But from Will & Grace to Roseanne to Twin Peaks to Fuller House, "it's hard not to interpret the current iteration of nostalgic programming as a backlash to TV's increasing diversity — a throwback to the days of Friends and Frasier when people joked that 'NBC' stood for 'No Black Characters,'" says Kang. "Yes, these reboots and revivals comprise only a handful of the hundreds of scripted shows on the air, but many of them tend to be TV's highest-profile projects. The fact that, in their totality, they inadvertently re-entrench the normalcy of all-white casts while erasing women of color and queer people is notable and worrisome."
Posted Sunday 3/18/18 at 3:44AM EDT
NBC renews the Will & Grace revival for Season 3
Technically, Will & Grace has been picked up for an 11th season to run in the 2019-2020 season. But NBC's official announcement, made at PaleyFest, emphasized that it's a "Season Three" pickup. NBC also announced that Season 2 will expand from 16 to 18 episodes. This is the second time that NBC has given the Will & Grace revival an early renewal, likely due to the busy schedules of the cast. Season 2 of the revival was ordered nearly two months before Season 1 premiered. Will & Grace has averaged about 9.8 million viewers so far this season.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 9:38PM EDT
Netflix renews Travelers starring Eric McCormack
The Will & Grace star will continue pulling double duty, appearing on the Netflix sci-fi series for a third season.
Posted Thursday 3/15/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Ellen DeGeneres jokes she paved the way for Will & Grace in a "Battle of the Gays" with Sean Hayes
“I had to come out first for y’all to do that sitcom. Go ahead!” Ellen said in response to Hayes jokingly comparing the lengths of her ABC sitcom and Will & Grace.
Posted Saturday 2/03/18 at 12:50AM EST
Revivals can thrive because network TV is all about establishing relationships between a show and its audience
“One of biggest creative advantages TV offers over movies is the ability to explore characters and story lines with the sort of depth impossible in a two-hour film,” says Josef Adalian. “Stories that take two hours to tell in a feature film unfold over the course of hundreds of episodes and many, many years. The weekly intimacy of network TV creates a massive emotional bond with its audience: It’s why the finales of shows such as Friends, Seinfeld, or Breaking Bad end up being the top-rated episodes in their respective runs, and why old episodes of those same shows do so well in syndicated reruns or on Hulu. Reviving well-loved shows seem symptomatic of creative bankruptcy, but for audiences literally programmed to connect with TV characters, continuations of Will & Grace or Roseanne are the small-screen equivalent of family or high-school reunions.”