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First Look At David Schwimmer On Upcoming Season Of 'Will & Grace'

ET gives us our first preview of the upcoming season season 2 (really season 10 if you’re counting) of NBC’s Will & Grace.

Not only do the ‘Fab Four’ - Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally - chat on what we can expect, but we get our first look at former Friends star David Schwimmer, set for several appearances this season as Grace’s new boyfriend, “Noah.”

"Just playing at the level of this cast, who are at the top of their game, it was kind of like this great, wonderful gift," says Schwimmer, who knows a little something about sitcom ensembles at the “top of their game.”

"He's as far away from Ross as he can possibly get because he's already mastered Ross," Messing tols Variety earlier this year about Schwimmer's new role. "I think people will be excited to see him in our world playing a different part." 

The first thing we learn is all four lead characters are looking at big changes in their personal lives this season.

“Grace” looks to be jumping into the political arena, while “Will” is heading to the classroom as a teacher. “Karen” is divorcing her husband, “Stan,” as Sean Haye’s “Jack” is prepping for his walk down the aisle with fiancé, “Estefan.”

We also see glimpses guest stars Chelsea Handler, Alec Baldwin, Jon Cryer, Minnie Driver and hunky Matt Bomer. Plus, “America’s sweetheart” and Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon.

 

 

But wait - there’s more!

The show also shared an exclusive scene from the new season that apparently takes place after the wedding of Grace’s dad (played by Alan Arkin) and Will’s mother (the always brilliant Blythe Danner).

The scene opens with Jack and Karen having a hilarious kiki over drinks, remembering the senior couple exchanging marriage vows.

“The look on Will and Grace’s face when his mother and her father said, ‘I do’ was priceless,” laughs Karen. “It was like, it was like…what was it like? Oh, it was like that.”

Cut to shell-shocked Will and Grace sitting stoically at the bar.

Watch below. Will & Grace premieres Thursday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

 

 

Big-Name Guest Stars Are Lining Up For Season 10 Of 'Will & Grace'

The fall television season is ramping up and as Will & Grace is prepping for reboot Season 2 (really the 10th season) of the NBC hit sitcom, what we know so far is romance is in the air for everyone.

• Will is the lucky guy who will get a new boyfriend in the form of hunky Matt Bomer who’s character is described as “a smooth-talking, self-satisfied TV news anchor. #Squee!

• Chelsea Handler is set to play a high-powered lesbian client of Grace who begins to date her sister.

 

• Grace gets some dating action of her own with former Friends star David Schwimmer scheduled for a five-episode arc as her new squeeze.

 

 

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• Taking romance to another level is Jack who announced last season he planned on getting hitched to new boyfriend Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez).

• AND, Grace’s father (Martin Adler) and Will’s mother (the delicious & delightful Blythe Danner) shared their own plans to stroll down the aisle, which would effectively make besties Grace and Will sister and brother (awkward?).

• More guest stars! Self-declared “America’s sweetheart” and out Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon continues conquering hearts and minds as he’s set to cameo as a - you guessed it - figure skater.

• Former Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer is set to play.... himself!

 

 

• The brilliant Minnie Driver will return as Karen’s foe for life, Lorraine Finster.

• Plus, co-creator Max Mutchnick has already tweeted a tease of the return of ‘Anatasia Beaverhausen,’ Karen’s infamous alter-ego.

 

 

We’ll keep you posted on new developments as they’re announced. The 10th season of Will & Grace premieres on NBC October 4.

 

(h/t NewNowNext)

What Characters Would the Other 'Friends' Cast Play on 'Will & Grace?'

Two of the most successful sitcoms to ever air on NBC has been Friends and Will & Grace. The former started a couple of years beforehand in 1994 and finished in 2004, while the latter appeared on the peacock network from 1998 to 2006.

Many legendary shows have done some sort of crossover promotion in the past, where lovable characters appear on the opposite program in an effort to jack up the ratings during sweeps or whatnot. Friends and W&G never did that with one another during their original run, even though Sean Hayes revealed on Watch What Happens Live last September that there was an idea of having Matt LeBlanc’s character of Joey on his show, seeing as they are both played struggling actors on each individual series.

It was just revealed earlier this week that David Schwimmer, who played the down-on-his-luck Ross on Friends, will be featured in a recurring role on the upcoming second season of W&G’s revival. He will play the love interest of Grace, played by Debra Messing. Comedian and late-night host Chelsea Handler will also be making an appearance as a power lesbian.

So, this got me thinking: what if the other five cast members from Friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry) all made an appearance as well? Would it be too much for us to handle? Jennifer recently revealed how she “fantasizes” about bringing the show back to life… so this could be a great way of teasing that sort of thing, even if they are not playing the characters that made each of them super famous.

Here’s what I think each actor should play if they ever decide to drop by the set of Will & Grace.

Jennifer Aniston: If Jennifer is so game to bring Friends back on the air… then this is where we could see her revive Rachel Green. The storylines could run rampant here, but the focus of her being on the show is to really see if she’s still with Ross, how Emma is doing now that she’s in high school, and who she keeps in contact with from the original group. This is all a fantasy, but boy would it be a ratings juggernaut should it ever happen.

Courteney Cox: There’s a lot of avenues that they could do with this. A dramatic twist could be that Courteney plays the woman that Leo (Harry Connick Jr.) slept with while they were in Cambodia back at the end of season 6. A lot of storylines became resolved when W&G was revived, however this one never did, and it would be interesting to see how this could play out knowing what really happened with Grace and Leo at the end of it all (their marriage just didn’t work).

Lisa Kudrow: This would be downright hilarious. Lisa played Ursula Buffay, Phoebe’s twin sister on Mad About You, over the span of 24 episodes (as well as some appearances on Friends). Her role of a ditzy waitress would work perfectly opposite Sean’s of Jack in case he is ever unemployed and must become a waiter again. The storyline would be that they are both up for a high paying catering gig of sorts, and shenanigans would ensue between the two for one of them to get it. In the end, neither of them does… just like when he had to battle Will Arnett for a dancer’s spot in Janet Jackson’s tour back on season 7 of the show’s original run.

Matt LeBlanc: I’m going to go out on a whim and say this… Matt could be Stan Walker, Karen Walker’s husband (who has never been seen on the show). He’s lost a ton of weight and finally appears as a super hunk for the boozy assistant to parade around in sheer glory. He falls off the bandwagon by the end of the episode, however, after getting stung by a bee which brings him back to his original gluttonous self.

Matthew Perry: Simple. Matthew was a straight guy that Will had a thing for when they were both junior lawyers… that isn’t straight after all. I mean, everyone thought Chandler was gay on Friends, so why should this be any different?

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Yas! Chelsea Handler Will Play a Power Lesbian on 'Will & Grace'

Chelsea Handler will be flexing her comedic and acting chops on the upcoming 2nd season of Will & Grace's revival. 

Entertainment Weekly reported that she will be portraying a character named Donna Zimmer, who is described as a high-powered client of Grace’s (Debra Messing) who starts dating her bitter sister, Janet (Mary McCormack). The character of Janet was originally played by Oscar-winner Geena Davis, who appeared in the season 6 episode called The Accidental Tsuris (a play on her film The Accidental Tourist). 

According to EW, she started filming yesterday and the episode that features her could air early in the upcoming season. The revival of the show has garnered much praise from critics and audiences alike, and has earned several of the cast members a bunch of nominations in the process (Megan Mullally scored an Emmy nod for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series earlier this month).

The first season of the revival saw a ton of major celebs either make their debut or return to the legendary comedy series, notably Molly Shannon and Jennifer Lopez. Chelsea happens to be good friends with Eric McCormack (Will) in real life, so hopefully we get to see some fun and playful banter between the two of them when the episode airs either later this year or in 2019.

More on Chelsea's guest role here.

 

Megan Mullally Should Win Her 3rd Emmy for ‘Will & Grace’ Over Everyone Else

Megan Mullally was the only cast member from Will & Grace to receive an acting nomination at the 2018 Emmy Awards this year. Since the show’s reboot, the sitcom's stars have received a variety of nods (minus Debra Messing, sadly), yet none have come up with a win yet.

Although Megan faces some very strong competition (not to mention the high number of nominees this year: 8 total), I truly believe that she should pick up her first Emmy win for the reboot and third overall due to one particular episode from this past season.

Traditionally, people submit an episode for Emmy consideration prior to the nominations being revealed. Megan exceeded in her comedic abilities throughout this season, however there was one particular performance that resonated for me on a much higher level than the others. It was the episode entitled “Rosario's Quinceañera,” which dealt with the death of her maid played by Shelley Morrison.

The character of Rosario became a vital part of Will & Grace’s original success when the show was on between 1998-2006. Her witty and clever comebacks to her boss Karen was shade personified, and the battles between these two were truly hilarious each and every time they fought.

At the same time, Rosario was a friend to Karen when she needed her the most, which allowed both of their characters to explore their emotional sides in a show that balanced both comedy and drama really well over the course of eight seasons.

It was revealed last year that Shelley had retired from acting and would not come back to the show. That was a heartbreaking moment for many of us, as so many other recurring cast members returned for the reboot and it would’ve been nice to see how Rosario was doing today. Little did we know, at the time, that they were planning on doing something very special to close her character out.

‘Rosario’s Quinceañera’ was emotional from its first moments, where it was revealed that Rosario had died after surgical complications from collapsing in Karen’s home. What’s truly awe-inspiring to see is the range of emotions that Megan puts into her character as the episode progresses, which culminates in a tissue-grabbing moment at the end when she has a funny yet very poignant conversation with Rosario at her funeral.

Karen originally denies that Rosario is dead, before Grace tries to make her come to grips with things. Throughout the show, each character tries to comfort Karen in their own way. Grace makes it all about her, of course, and talks about her mother Bobbie’s (Debbie Reynolds) death which bore little to no relation to Rosario’s. Then, Karen makes Jack (Sean Hayes) dance emphatically to a variety of songs which provided some much needed comic relief for such a heavy episode.

Finally Will (Eric McCormack) does his best to help Karen out while she sits at the bar by simply embracing her with a big hug. This allows her to walk bravely into the funeral, which was taken place while she was across the street, and have her final moments with Rosario.

If you haven’t seen the episode yet, go on Hulu and watch it as its one of the best the show has ever done and definitely could earn Megan her 3rd Emmy in September. 

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

'Will & Grace' Outtake Reel Is 7 Minutes Of Hilarity

That's right, honey! A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run from 1998 to 2006, comedy's most fabulous foursome returned to their infamous Will & Grace roles in this TV season's biggest reboot.

The newly-released DVD collection of Will & Grace - The Revival (Season One) includes all 16-episodes plus deleted scenes, exclusive behind-the-scenes featurettes with the cast's reflections on the “profoundly emotional” return and 7 minute hilarious blooper reel.

With the legendary James Burrows at the helm (directed every original Will & Grace episode), the show's stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally were once again serving up razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis.

Hidden scripts, not-even-close misses on lines, and f-bombs are all there in the behind-the-scenes blooper reel released this weekend.

Check out the hilarious outtakes below. And don't forget - we have two more seasons on the way beginning this fall!

Who is Top, Vers, or Bottom on the Cast of 'Will & Grace'?

The mystery has finally been solved twenty years later, and no, we don't mean who the real Stanley Walker actually is.

Will & Grace, which just capped off a hilarious first season on the show's revival, has left fans wondering for so long as to what sexual position each cast member would be (women included)? 

Their official Twitter page decided to debunk any rumors and get down to brass tax regarding what bunk each cast member would be and what kind of top, vers, or bottom they would play.

And this goes beyond Will (Eric McCormack) , Grace (Debra Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes) and Karen (Megan Mullally).  Oh no, there are more involved, and quite frankly, their "positions" are hilarious and somewhat ring true to who they are on the show. 

Let's break this down:

Lawful Bottom: Larry (Tim Bagley)

Neutral Bottom: Malcolm (Alec Baldwin)

Chaotic Bottom: Beverly Leslie (Leslie Jordan)

Lawful Vers: Will Truman

True Vers: Rosario Inés Consuelo Yolanda Salazar (Shelley Morrison)

Chaotic Vers: Jack McFarland 

Lawful Top: Vince (Bobby Cannavale)

Neutral Top: Grace Adler

Chaotic Top: Karen Walker

L to the O to the L.  Seriously.  This is a fairly accurate reading of these characters, however some social media users disagreed:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you agree or disagree with this hilarious list?

 

 

 

 

 

Two Very Interesting Couples Get Engaged on the 'Will & Grace' Season Finale

The season finale of Will & Grace found two very interesting couples get engaged, and one break apart for good.  

On last week's episode, Grace's father Martin (Robert Klein) decides to move in with the two of them after Will gave some ill-advised advice regarding the state of his home that he still lived in after his wife Bobbie (Debbie Reynolds) passed.  

We also find that Jack's Staten Island cop boyfriend Drew (Ryan Pinkston) doesn't want to be with him anymore as he's freshly out of the closet and wants to experience life as an out and proud gay man, and Karen is once again having an affair with Malcolm (Alec Baldwin) but is doing her best to keep it a secret from not only Stan but everyone else in her life.

All of those situations come to a head in a very rushed season finale (this whole season sort of had that vibe) where two couples get engaged in the span of them meeting within a 24 hour time frame.

One of the most cherished guest stars from the original eight season run finally made an appearance on the revival, as Will's mother Marilyn (Blythe Danner, who looks fabulous) visits their apartment with her three beagles.  Martin is living with Will & Grace, much to their frustrations, yet he and Marilyn hit it off instantly as they have one major thing in common: they have both lost their longterm partners in life (George, played by Sydney Pollack, passed away in real life back in 2008).  

And then the inevitable happens: Will and Grace discover Martin and Marilyn having sex, which sends both of them into a tizzy.  By the end of the episode, Marilyn not only decides to move in with Will & Grace but also gets engaged to Martin in the process which sends our two titular characters into a further downward spiral.

Jack, on the other hand, tries to rebound from getting dumped by taking a trip to Ibiza and falling for a flight attendant named Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez).  This culminates in the two of them flying back to NYC together and getting engaged right after Martin and Marilyn do.  The common theme in these engagements is that both couples don't want to end up like Will & Grace: alone and still living with one another later on in life.

It's a sentiment that Karen discusses towards the end of the episode when she decides to end things with Malcolm in favor of staying with Stan.  There is still some major hilarity involved as they both use Smitty as a sexual pawn of sorts which leaves the "down on your luck" bartender eventually saying "hashtag #metoo" as they both take advantage of him in a totally wrong but hysterical kind of way.

The episode ends with the realization that if Martin and Marilyn actually do walk down the aisle, that WIll & Grace will become brother and sister.  It leaves them once again in a panic, as the discussion of how close the two of them are has been constant ever since the original series run, so will their parents potentially getting married finally split these two apart in different ways?  Will Jack & Estefan's relationship go the distance, and will we ever meet Karen's husband Stan?  Season 2 of the revival is set to premiere in September. 

What did you think about the season finale of W&G?  

Kinky: Karen and Malcolm Get it On With Smitty in the 'Will & Grace' Finale!

Well... this was something we never saw coming!

The Will & Grace revival's season finale is this Thursday, and in a shocking move, Karen (Megan Mullally) and Malcolm (Alec Baldwin) make a move on, wait for it... SMITTY (Charles C. Stevenson Jr.)!

Smitty has been one of the show's most beloved actors, primarily because of how inappropriate hilarious his scenes are with Karen.  He first appeared at the end of the fourth season as a bartender, and since then has become Karen's go to person when it comes to laughing hysterically for all the wrong reasons. 

Pretty much Karen will ask him a question about how hard life is, then Smitty will say something terrible that has happened to him, a friend or a family member as it relates to Karen's question, and then Karen starts giggling immediately and thanks Smitty for cheering her up.  It's terrible, but amazing.

In the most recent episode, we find out that Malcolm and Karen are having an affair behind Stan's back.  On the finale, it looks like they use Smitty as a decoy as someone else may have found out (Jack came close to discovering the two of them last week but Malcolm was able to blend in with the hotel's curtains as a disguise).

Then, they both kiss Smitty, to which he says "Hashtag me too!" 

See the clip below:

 

 

 

How Would You Rank the 'Will & Grace' Revival Overall?

NBC found some major success this television season, as the idea of bringing Will & Grace back turned out to be a major hit for the network.  The ratings were steady and stellar, the cast and show received multiple nominations throughout, and the general consensus of the public seemed to be ecstatic that Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes) and Karen (Megan Mullally) came back.

The writers of this show had an incredibly tough task at hand, bringing four lovable characters into the modern day after us not seeing them for eleven years.  Given how the original series finale ended, where Will & Grace's kids get married, it made all of us wonder how they were going to resolve that given the timeframe of when all of that happened.

Within the first five minutes of the premiere, we find out that all of that occurred in Karen's head, and we are left with Will & Grace still living with each other and single, with Karen and Jack up to their usual shenanigans.  Now that we are two episodes from the season finale (it's already been picked up for two more seasons), it begs the question: just how well did the revival of this beloved show really do?

If I had to give it a personal grade, it would be a B.  Not stellar, not bad, right in the middle with some fantastic spots along the way.  The catch up aspect over the past 16 episodes has played a predominant part in how the series has progressed, as we learn why Grace's relationship with Leo (Harry Connick Jr) ended as well as why Vince (Bobby Cannavale) and Will broke up.  

Of course, we are also reintroduced to a ton of lovable characters that helped make the series so iconic during its original eight season run, including Beverly Leslie (Leslie Jordan), Val (Molly Shannon) and the return of Jennifer Lopez.  Yet, for the life of me, I can't seem to figure out what was really missing from this revival that makes me give this show a B when it really deserves an A on some level.

I've written in the past about how character development on any show is crucial, and yet I feel as if these four characters are still incredibly stuck.  Yes, some of the characters have made major life changes, like Will leaving his lawyer job to work with Grace and Jack finally finding a boyfriend, but the scenes in each episode are so short and the commercial breaks seem so frequent that it makes everything seem rushed when you are craving for so much more.

At the same time, there have been some incredibly wonderful moments this season that brought closure in really an incredible way.  I hope that Megan earns her third Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the episode Quinceanera, which details the passing of her maid and best friend Rosario (Shelley Morrison).  The raw emotion that comes out of her when she finally has to accept that she's passed is brutal and amazing all at the same time. 

It was also fascinating to see why Will & Vince ended things, as I had high hopes for this couple, but Will's need to control everything was the true downfall as to why they split up and why Vince found love elsewhere.  I know plenty of men who see themselves as the Will character, and this was one of the many instances where the relatability factor truly comes in.

Karen remained status quo, still with Stan, but we haven't met Stan yet.  I truly wonder if we ever will.  Jack found love with a cop from Staten Island, but we haven't seen him in a couple of episodes, so it begs to wonder how far they will go.  As for Will & Grace, they remain single even with a one-episode stint where Will got back together with his old boyfriend from 20 years ago, so I hope that the last two episodes of this season give us a reason to REALLY tune into the premiere come this September, as I would like to see some more crucial movement for these four as opposed to having another season of catching up.

How would you grade Will & Grace's revival overall?

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