After an initial eight-season run, Will & Grace returned to NBC in 2017 as part of a 20th Century revival still ongoing in 2020. The show’s premise was groundbreaking at the time. Sean Hayes’s flamboyantly gay, free-spirited Jack McFarland set the mold for stereotypical gay characters for years to come. And he’s not even one of the titular characters.
Will Truman and Grace Adler are the show’s protagonists and best friends. Will (Eric McCormack) is a successful and obsessive corporate lawyer who’s gay but can easily pass as straight. He lives with Grace (Debra Messing), a neurotic Jew of constantly needs moral and emotional support from her gay best friend. Meanwhile, Karen Walker (Megan Mullally), Grace’s assistant and boozing socialist, adds another level to the show.
Rumors have run rampant on whether the show’s early demise is because of the diva behaviors of either Messing or Mullally. It’s clear from the promotional interviews that Mullally is done by the end. Check it out below.
That said, Will & Grace did arguably pull off a great homage to one of the best sitcoms of all time in I Love Lucy. Many people have tried and failed to revive Lucille Ball’s classic style, but the show recruited Lucie Arnaz to help.
Here’s what Sean Hayes thinks of it.
Here’s a first look at that iconic episode.
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