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' Star Sean Hayes Dismisses Stereotypical Label As "Insider Homophobia"

In a new interview with PrideSource, Will & Grace star Sean Hayes had no time for folks who think his character “Jack” is too stereotypical for television in 2018.

“I think that’s insider homophobia,” said the actor. “Because I know people like Jack, because one part of me is like Jack, and so if you’re saying people in the gay community were concerned that I was playing Jack a certain way and people would “worry” that gay people act like that, they do act like that. “

“And there’s people who act like Will,” he added. “There are people on all spectrums of human behavior in the gay community, just like there are people on all spectrums of human behavior in the straight community, so I nix that and I say 'bye' to that – I say, 'bye, Felicia!' – because that doesn’t make any sense to me.”

In fact, Hayes says so-called ‘exaggerated’ portrayals happen on all sides of the acting spectrum including straight actors.

“Look at Jim Carrey, look at Robin Williams,” said Hayes.

Since Will & Grace is often credited with giving gay people more visibility in pop culture, Hayes was asked who he saw as an inspiration when he was younger.

His answer wasn’t an actor, but a musician.

“If you’re talking about a famous person, Andy Bell (of Erasure),” replied the 47-year-old. “Because I was in college and I was 17, 18, and I was shocked that somebody was out and proud, making a living in the arts or in pop culture by being who they are and not apologizing for it." 

“I thought that was mind-blowing because “A Little Respect” was the No. 1 song on the radio and I was like, ‘Wait, the guy is gay and everybody is OK with that?’ That’s amazing.”

With Will & Grace now having aired in two very different periods of LGBTQ rights, Hayes notes that while things are better today than during the 90s, its important for everyone to find a way to make their own contribution to the movement because, “The hate doesn’t end overnight.”

However, Hayes isn’t comfortable being an activist (“I just don’t feel comfortable doing that, it’s just not who I am”), but feels his work on Will & Grace is his contribution.

“I’m happy the show is back because there’s still tons of work to do,” said Hayes. “The power of comedy is so incredible; that’s why we broke so many boundaries the first time. And hopefully we can continue to do that.”

How 'Will & Grace' Helped The LGBTQ Community Across Several Generations

I noticed that the official YouTube account for Will & Grace shared a 90-second video that celebrates Pride Month in a beautiful way. The vid shows some of their most iconic LGBTQ moments, from when it began 20 years ago up until now due to its wonderful reboot. 



It's a fascinating video to look at, as it details just a glimmer of the impact that this show has made on the LGBTQ community, our supporters, and even people who at one point were homophobic but changed their views after watching the daily, or "gaily"lives of Will (Eric McCormack), Grace (Debra Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes), and Karen (Megan Mullally). 

As someone who is an "early millennial" of sorts (born in the mid-80's), I come from a generation of people who were starting to warm up to the idea of LGBTQ acceptance. The 1980's was more political, with the desire to wake everyone up in terms of what was going on with the AIDS crisis and our needs to not be looked at some deviants, whereas the 90's started to develop a conversation about our community and how we can really integrate ourselves into the mainstream world.

Two shows were able to help that cause. Ellen was one... and Will & Grace was the other. Ellen (DeGeneres) broke the doors down in a huge way when she came out as gay on her primetime series, which drew millions of viewers who ultimately became divided on why she did what she did. Unfortunately, it didn't work out for her at that point, and the show was canceled a year after that particular episode aired. Obviously, she rebounded, but it took a little while for her to get there and for another show to come along to finish what she started.

Cue Will & Grace. A show about a gay man and a straight woman living together in New York City. Will has the funny sidekick friend in Jack, and Grace has her assistant Karen who really isn't much of an assistant at all. The show's first eight episodes aired Monday's on NBC, before moving to Tuesday's and then finally their Thursday night lineup, which was known as "Must See TV" at that point. They joined in with some other legendary shows at the time, including Frasier and Friends.

Clearly the show had struck a chord, but I do wonder if that would have happened had Ellen not done what she did a year earlier. Regardless, the formula between these four actors really worked, as the show averaged between 12 to 17 million viewers per week through its first six seasons and won a ton of awards in the process.

The emotional moments on the show were just as incredible as the comedic ones, which showcased the difficulties our community faced in the world at that point. It was the first time that we saw something like this on a continuing series and not just on a "very special episode" type of deal that our community had to deal with up for several years prior. 

These were characters that were relatable and likable, but at the same time, they were creating a conversation. They were bringing together all types of people in real life who almost developed a "gay" sort of education while watching the program. For me, I had no idea about anything in the gay community prior to watching Will & Grace given my age when it was on. Watching the show helped me tremendously with my sexuality to the point where it inspired me to want to come out to my parents at a very young age.

I can't be the only one to think that. And it's left an impression on not only my generation, but several others as well. Younger, older, and everything in between, we have to really thank this show for existing as we never had anything like it before. If we didn't have Will & Grace, chances are we wouldn't have the following (hypothetically):

  • Queer as Folk
  • Looking
  • The L Word
  • RuPaul's Drag Race
  • Queer Eye
  • Miss Vanjie (hehe)
  • Modern Family
  • Glee

And so on and so forth. They helped shape a movement that is stronger than ever... and all they had to do was show up, get the show made, edit it accordingly, and broadcast it to millions of people like me who needed it for their own reasons. Thank you, Will & Grace, for what you've done for our community and what you will continue to do for generations in the future. 

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' Shares Video Tribute For Pride Month

"You are exactly who you are supposed to be."

You could say that's one of the ineffable messages of Pride Month.

And underscoring yet again the impact Will & Grace has had on LGBTs and allies alike, this newly-released one minute video gets to the center of what has made the show such an enduring success.

Humor with heart.

The video mash-up from the iconic sitcom in honor of Pride Month reminds us why the Will & Grace reboot been an amazing revival for NBC and the LGBT community.

Take, for example, the clip from the latest season between Will and guest star Ben Platt:

Will: “My coming out was pretty typical - my mom cried, my dad drank…”

Ben: “I told my parents when I was 8. They both threw me a coming out party on the same weekend.”

Will: “That’s not a coming out story. How’s James Franco supposed to win an Oscar playing that???”

While it gets a good laugh, the brief scene combines comedy and light with a subject many experienced as painful.

The quick video tribute offers coming out moments from Will and Jack, as well as the infamous “television kiss” between the two dashing urbanites.

We’re also treated to moments of pride by parents on the show, something most of America had never seen before W&G.

And why? Because as Jack tells us, “That’s what we do in the community - we ‘gay it forward.’”

Because Pride Month isn't just about a party, or history, or a slogan. 

“The minute you forget what we went through to get here, is the minute it could all be taken away.”

Well done, NBC.

Happy Pride, folks.



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?






Okay Guys, Time To Get Real. Let Us Know Which Gay Movie Or TV Show Changed Your Life


I loved hearing your Facebook responses to my post last week - Do You Remember The Exact Second You Realized You Were Gay? - but not unlike Jack McPhee when it comes to the boys, I want more, and today I want to know which gay movie or TV show changed your life! Sometimes, as gay youths, our only connection to the LGBT world is through media, which is why gay representation in movies and television is so important. I'll never forget when the angel of a man Vice President Joe Biden said:

I think Will & Grace did more to educate the American public more than almost anything anybody has done so far. People fear that which is different. Now they're beginning to understand.

From this to Mike Pence. How fun for us. Biden is right. But those who "fear" gays aren't the only ones who benefit from gay characters being beamed into their living rooms. Gays themselves, especially those who grew up pre-Internet like moi, need the education and connection as well.  



I grew up in whatever one step up from a meth lab is in the hills of Appalachia, and I certainly wasn't going to glean any insight into gay culture from a high school where rebel flags were not just tattoos, t-shirts, or license plate frame options, but also a way of life. My first sense of belonging, of being understood, came from the the gay characters I saw in movies and television.

Now more gay characters are featured on the big and small screens than ever before, and I want to know, from Looking to Brokeback Mountain to Call Me By Your Name to Will and Grace to Charlie Hunnam and Aidan Gillen on Queer as Folk (that one's mine BTW and FYI), which gay movie or TV show changed your life. Do some soul searching and let us know in the comments!


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: