Will & Grace

1998, TV Show

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"WILL" LIKES GIRL(S)

Will & Grace star Eric McCormack has been tapped for the lead — filled by David Schwimmer in a London production last year — in Neil LaBute's Some Girl(s), making its U.S. premiere on Broadway June 8. McCormack, whose previous Great White Way run was in 2001's The Music Man, plays a soon-to-be-engaged man who pays final visits to four ex-girlfriends. read more

Hey, just wanted to let you ...

Question: Hey, just wanted to let you know that, based on a recent comment by Greg Daniels, a new petition to supersize the season finale of The Office has been created. Jenna Fischer even mentioned it in her MySpace blog. Just wanted you to check it out, and maybe help give The Office a boost. The site is www.supersizedoffice.com. Thanks! Answer: I gave The Office a boost by re-reviewing it recently and by letting it be known that I had come to enjoy the show more as it got creatively stronger (see above comments regarding comedy series' growing pains), but for the love of god, can we please not indulge this ridiculous mind-set that longer is better in the world of the TV comedy? When NBC started "supersizing" its comedies out of hubris and greed, that was the beginning of the end. The very idea of sitting through the final night of Will & Grace, with a self-congratulatory "tribute" show and an hourlong finale, makes me almost think fondly of their dreadful live outings this season. ... read more

Grey's Anatomy Poor George. As...

Grey's Anatomy Poor George. As many expected, sleeping with Meredith ended up not being the experience George was hoping for. I was really glad they waited until the end to show that scene of the two of them in bed together, treating it like a flashback in George's mind rather than opening the episode with it. Hopefully he'll get over the devastation, and moving out will certainly help matters. I'm loving Sara Ramirez as Dr. Callie Torres — she'll for sure help George get his mind off Meredith. I was very excited to read that Sara was joining the show as a recurring character — she won a Tony award for her performance in Monty Python's Spamalot. Speaking of George, he narrated both the opening and closing of the show instead of  read more

I don't have any wagers, ...

Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly, Cagney & Lacey

Question: I don't have any wagers, arguments or bets to settle. I just have a question, if that's OK. Was there another actress who played Cagney on Cagney & Lacey before Sharon Gless did, or is my memory failing already? Thank you for your time.


Answer: Actually, there were two, Ruth. Loretta Swit (M*A*S*H) first played Det. Chris Cagney in the CBS TV-movie that aired in 1981. However, after that movie proved successful enough for the network executives, who didn't initially believe the concept was strong enough for a show to order up a series, Swit was unavailable. In stepped actress Meg Foster, and the reason for her abrupt departure, together with the lack of network spin on it, provides an interesting lesson in how different today's political climate is from that of 20 years ago.

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Oh, my god! Will & Grace was ...

Question: Oh, my god! Will & Grace was great last week! So now that Grace is pregnant, will Leo be back? I take it he's the baby's father after they joined the mile-high club earlier this season.


Answer: I'd say that's a pretty good guess. With the show concluding in May, a Leo/Grace/baby happy-ending scenario would make sense. And I also thought Thursday's episode was pretty darn hilarious. I loved when Karen made that "wedding zinger" crack and then, awed by her own cleverness, went on to explain in detail that she was doing a riff on the movie Wedding Singer. It was classic Karen.

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OOPS, SHE'S DOING IT AGAIN

Just days after it was announced that Britney Spears will guest on Will & Grace as a Bible-thumper who brings to Jack's cable show, among other things, a cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin's," the NBC comedy has come under fire from the American Family Association — the same advocacy group that targeted The Book of Daniel. The AFA claims Spears' story line "mocks the crucifixion of Christ" and will "further denigrate Christianity" by airing April 13, the night before Good Friday. In response, NBC claims the episode summary that went out contained "erroneous information" and that the script has yet to actually be written. read more

GUEST STAR 4 U

Britney Spears

Oops, Will & Grace is doing it again — stunt casting, that is. As first hinted in the new issue of TV Guide magazine, producers have snagged Britney Spears for a guest shot. Here are the deets: In the April 13 episode, when a Christian TV network takes over "Jack Talk," Spears is brought on as Jack's new religious cohost, even adding her own touches like a cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin's." This is also good news for Spears' husband, Kevin Federline: He is more than welcome to drive her to the NBC studio. read more

GUEST STAR 4 U

Britney Spears

Oops, Will & Grace is doing it again — stunt casting, that is. As first hinted in the new issue of TV Guide magazine, producers have snagged Britney Spears for a guest shot. Here are the deets: In the April 13 episode, when a Christian TV network takes over "Jack Talk," Spears is brought on as Jack's new religious cohost, even adding her own touches like a cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin's." This is also good news for Spears' husband, Kevin Federline: He is more than welcome to drive her to the NBC studio. read more

NBC RENEWS TWO, SHUFFLES OTHERS

In other Peacock Network news, both My Name Is Earl and The Office have been picked up (and deservedly so) for next season, Will & Grace's eighth and last season will conclude May 18 with a one-hour retrospective and an hourlong finale, and, post-Olympics, The Apprentice and Deal or No Deal will call Monday home, pushing Las Vegas to Friday. Meanwhile, Law & Order will air an hour earlier on Wednesdays — opposite Lost. Now that's criminal intent. read more

First, congrats on your great ...

Question: First, congrats on your great column. My weeks always start and end with you. I wanted to get your feeling on the representation of homosexuality on TV shows lately, because I feel that we've reached a turning point. I think that after a short period of (needed?) overexposure, with every show having a gay character and shows like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Queer as Folk, we are actually moving toward equality between gay and straight characters. For instance, I know that a lot of gay people have ground their teeth at Andrew being gay and evil on Desperate Housewives, but I actually believe that this is a good thing: We've got past the dichotomy of, on the one hand, the political correctness of the gay guy who's a great guy with no sexuality (Will & Grace) and, on the other hand, the cliché of the gay guy with nothing but his sexuality (Queer as Folk). Finally gay characters get to be something else than "just gay." They are handled the same way as straight characters ... read more

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Premiered: September 21, 1998, on NBC
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Premise: Snappy hit about a straight woman and a gay man who are best friends. She's a decorator with a snippy, self-absorbed assistant; he's a lawyer with a flamboyant buddy who has trouble holding a job.

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