Will & Grace's Eric McCormack and Debra Messing
Having successfully performed a live season premiere — even working around a last-minute and conspicuous injury to Megan Mullally — NBC's Will & Grace is ready to dip into that well again. On Jan. 12 the sitcom, now in its eighth and final season, will stage another live episode, in which Karen throws herself a lavish birthday soiree only to spend the evening crammed in the bathroom with her three buds. (And no, I don't mean Vicodin, Paxil and Xanax.)
Question: My husband says that Karen of Will & Grace appeared in a Seinfeld episode as one of George's girlfriends. I don't think so. Can you verify this? Thanks.
Answer: Get ready to change that line of thinking then, Lili. Hubby's right on this one.
Megan Mullally, who picked up an Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmy in 2000 for her work as Karen Walker, snotty socialite and assistant to Grace (Debra Messing) on the hit comedy, did indeed lend her talent to the Seinfeld crew in a Season 4 episode. As hubby says, she played Betsy, one of George Costanza's (Jason Alexander) brief love interests (if the word "love" ever applied to him) in the episode "The Implant."
If you recall, the main story was that Jerry (Jerry Seinfeld) dumped a girlfriend (Teri Hatcher
Megan Mullally's NBC talk show is inching closer to reality. The daytime gabfest has been cleared to air in the country's four gayest markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. Can Provincetown be far behind?
I was very excited to be able to write about attending tonight's West Coast season-premiere live broadcast. I've been anticipating this for weeks, ever since I knew I was going. A good friend works on the show, so I've been to approximately 40 tapings. But I was extremely nervous, so you know I was really looking forward to this night. Due to the multiple takes, normal tapings take about four hours. The writers often rewrite the scenes to make them funnier, so the actors flub their lines and director Jimmy Burrows is a perfectionist. So knowing this was live, I wondered how they could possibly do it ,since they couldn't do scenes over and over and only had a half hour — twice — once for each coast. Truth is, they've been rehearsing this for four weeks to get it down pat, and the script had gone through so many changes, it had to be perfect. Well, you didn't have to be in the live studio audience to be able to enjoy it, but it certainly made it even better. I c
Remember when sitcoms were more about the characters than the wacky premise that brought them all together? Yeah, me neither. But I will say this about Twins, WB's stab at opposites-running-a-lingerie-biz: While there was definite overkill on "It's funny because she's only wearing undies" gags in the pilot (good rule of thumb: "Buttpucker" gets less funny every time you say it), I suspect the writers may be able to strike a balance as the season goes on. Mitchie the brains (Roseanne's Sara Gilbert) and Farrah the beauty (Passions' Molly Stanton) do have a light and entertaining chemistry, one that I hope won't be murdered in its sleep by the supercontrived love triangle we've got going on in Episode 1 with Jordan, the supposedly charming new marketing guy. Come on, KoMut, the brains-and-beauty behind Will & Grace; I know you can do better than that. I want to see some of the inventiveness that made
This, folks, is a cautionary tale about what happens when you put a Grammys producer in charge: The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, airing Sept. 18 on CBS, will feature actors performing classic TV theme songs throughout the telecast. At the end of the show, a winner (determined by viewer votes) will be declared the "Emmy Idol." The playlist includes The Apprentice's Donald Trump and Will & Grace's Megan Mullally doing Green Acres (OK, that could be fun); Boston Legal's William Shatner and opera star Frederica von Stade channeling Star Trek (There are lyrics? I'm scared); Veronica Mars' Kristen Bell taking on Fame; and CSI's