Will & GraceLatest News and Opinion
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.”
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 1:33PM EST
NBC stars sing Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” in Spike Lee-directed Super Bowl promo
Stars of This Is Us, Will & Grace and The Good Place are among those singing and dancing in the lengthy promo. “We just want to go big and show that the network has a cool vibe and a bit of a sense of humor—but that we all are part of this big whole,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt tells Vanity Fair. “It’s so exciting to us when we see everybody take part in something like this.”
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
In defense of TV’s revival craze
“There has been a surge in revivals, but that is because there has been a surge in every kind of scripted television programming,” says Daniel W. Drezner, pointing to the record 487 scripted shows on television last year, a small portion of which were reboots and revivals. “With this kind of growth,” he adds, “it is not surprising to see a secular increase in all kinds of shows: adaptations from comic books, adaptations from comic strips, dramedies, gritty sci-fi, zombies, doctor dramas, maudlin dramas that don’t like Crock-Pots, brilliant and inventive comedies that defy definition and yes, revivals.” He adds: “I get why critics don’t like this — they have to review all this stuff. But from the consumer’s perspective, it is a mistake to think that a Will & Grace comeback will somehow prevent another Atlanta from emerging. There isn’t a scarcity problem for television in 2018. And for all the laments about the lack of creativity, let me suggest that one of the most original hour of television last year came from a reboot of Twin Peaks.” ALSO: Viewers say stop the reboot insanity!
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 7:46PM EST
Will & Grace taps Robert Klein to replace Alan Arkin as Grace’s dad
Arkin appeared in a 2005 episode of the NBC comedy, but Debra Messing says he “was not able to return as dad so we feel very lucky to have Robert.”
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 9:15PM EST
NBC orders pilot for Manifest, a missing plane thriller that sounds like “Lost meets Resurrection”
The logline for the potential series reads: “A plane disappears from radar and returns years later after being untraceable and presumed lost at sea. No time has passed for those on the plane, but for their loved ones at home, many years have gone by." The Mysteries of Laura creator Jeff Rake is behind the project. ALSO: NBC orders four multicamera comedy pilots following the success of the Will & Grace revival.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 2:19PM EST
Will & Grace brings back Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner and Sara Rue
They’ll reprise their previous guest-starring characters, with Baldwin returning as Karen’s former lover Malcolm Widmark. Danner returns as Will’s mother and Rue will once again play Grace’s sister. ALSO: Mary McCormack and Robert Klein will guest on Will & Grace.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 2:44PM EST
Will & Grace books Vanessa Bayer and Cheyenne Jackson
No details of their guest appearance have been released, but they’ll appear on the same episode.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 10:24PM EST
Jennifer Lopez is returning to Will & Grace in two different roles, including her Shades of Blue character
Lopez, who appeared in two episodes of the NBC sitcom’s sixth season, will play herself as well as her NBC crime drama character, Det. Harlee Santos.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 10:24PM EST
Sean Hayes says his mom had him see a therapist after he came out of the closet
“It was 1988 when I came out,” the Will & Grace star recalls of telling his family he was gay at age 18. “It’s so cliché that it was during Thanksgiving weekend. My mom said I needed to go see a therapist. She wrote me a 10-page letter, both sides on legal pad size paper. ‘This is not what God …’ You know, the whole uneducated view of it.”
Posted Monday 1/08/18 at 7:47AM EST
Debra Messing used her E! red carpet interview to slam E! for Catt Sadler’s exit over gender pay gap
“I was so shocked to hear that E! doesn’t believe in paying their female co-hosts the same as their male co-hosts,” the Will & Grace star said in an awkward moment with Giuliana Rancic. “I miss Catt Sadler … and we stand with her. That’s something that can change tomorrow, you know? We want people to start having this conversation that women are just as valuable as men.”
- Ryan Seacrest criticized for avoiding asking men about sexual harassment, while asking women about the topic
- Eva Longoria also came to Catt Sadler’s defense while speaking on E!
- Longoria also called out Carson Daly for referring to #MeToo as a “brief” moment in history
- Rancic asked Issa Rae what she would call her memoir — not knowing the Insecure star’s memoir was a bestseller in 2016
TOPICS: E!, E! Live from the Red Carpet, Will & Grace, Carson Daly, Catt Sadler, Debra Messing, Eva Longoria, Giuliana Rancic, Harvey Weinstein, Issa Rae, Award Shows, Golden Globe Awards, Sexual Misconduct, TV Salaries, Women and TV
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 10:23PM EST
Has TV seen the end of endings?
Roseanne, Will & Grace, 13 Reasons Why, American Vandal and Big Little Lies are among the shows that ended, then came back -- or are coming back. As Willa Paskin puts it, there is something “nebulous about the end of endings that gives me the heebie jeebies: This is a little inchoate, but what I hate about it, is that it makes us even more slavishly devoted to the imaginations of the people making those shows, as they themselves are ever more financially tied to their old work. “
Posted Tuesday 12/19/17 at 9:22PM EST
Why a reboot of The Office is a bad idea: “We've yet to reach a sufficient period of absence to allow the heart to grow fonder”
It’s only been four years since The Office signed off, as Daniel Fienberg notes. And what made The Office so special, he says, was that it “had an amazing ensemble cast, and they've mostly gone on to be amazing elsewhere. That's the reward for being part of an amazing ensemble, not being pulled back to where you started by a (lucrative) tractor beam.” This isn’t like the Will & Grace reboot, which was a response to Trump’s America. “Even in its prime,” Fienberg adds, “The Office was never as big a hit as Will & Grace, and it definitely left the air seemingly with very little remaining juice after two seasons without original American star Steve Carell. It had a really great finale that brought Carell's Michael Scott back one last time and also gave basically every character an emotional and satisfying resting spot. It was completely on its own terms. It left no meaningful questions (unless you need Scranton Strangler resolution). And it was only four years ago.”
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 4:07PM EST
Will Big Little Lies’ Season 2 renewal affect how many Golden Globes it wins as a limited series?
The HBO series was No. 1 among TV shows with six Golden Globe nominations this morning. But, as Daniel Fienberg notes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association “had no way of knowing that HBO would order a second season of Big Little Lies last week after nomination ballots were in, rendering it a completely fraudulent participant in the various TV movies/limited categories. It's tempting to wonder if both Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman would have made the lead actress in a drama field and to assume that their places in the movie/limited actress category might have been filled by somebody like Sarah Gadon for Alias Grace or Carrie Coon for Fargo (or more likely Elisabeth Moss for the second season of Top of the Lake). It's also tempting to wonder if HFPA voters will now lean toward a Jessica Lange from Feud, rather than just rubber-stamping Kidman in a category they now know she doesn't belong in.”
- Will & Grace is the first multi-camera sitcom to nab a Golden Globe nom in four years
- All five Golden Globe TV drama nominees had either an element of fantasy or history
- The Biggest Snubs: Game of Thrones cast, Twin Peaks, The Deuce, The Leftovers, The Good Place…
- Jessica Biel and Christian Slater are among the Golden Globe nominee “winners”
- Laurie Metcalf got to celebrate her nomination for Lady Bird on the Roseanne set
- The Good Doctor finally brought recognition to “under-recognized” Freddie Highmore
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 4:07PM EST
Will & Grace creators have their own behind-the-scenes web show
Inside Stage 22 with Max and David is available on YouTube and Comcast’s X1 cable platform, featuring co-creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan offering behind-the-scenes insight and interviews on each episode of the NBC sitcom. Seven episodes have already been produced and are available for viewing now. New episodes will be released when the show returns in January.
Posted Monday 12/11/17 at 9:04AM EST
Golden Globes: Six nominations for Big Little Lies, three for Feud
Big Little Lies and Feud led among all TV series, while Fargo, The Handmaid’s Tale and This Is Us each netted three nominations. In the drama/musical series category, Will & Grace and newcomers SMILF and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel each earned a nomination.
- For the first time ever,Veep wasn’t nominated
- Netflix scored two of the five best drama nominees with The Crown and Stranger Things
- Tracee Ellis Ross and Debra Messing were snubbed as their respective Black-ish and Will & Grace co-stars were nominated
- HBO had the most nominations with 12, followed by Netflix's nine and FX's eight
TOPICS: FX, HBO, Netflix, Big Little Lies, The Crown, Fargo, Feud: Bette and Joan, The Handmaid's Tale, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, SMILF, This is Us, Veep, Will & Grace, Debra Messing, Tracee Ellis Ross, Award Shows, Golden Globe Awards