“I think it’s more enjoyable than it’s ever been,” says “Will and Grace” star Debra Messing. “In many ways, it’s better than we’ve ever been.” The NBC sitcom starring Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally originally ran from 1998-2006. Then it returned in 2017 after 11 years off the air for what was originally only supposed to be a 10-episode run. But the season ended up airing 16 episodes, and then the show was renewed for two more seasons. Gold Derby recently spoke with Messing on the show’s set at Universal Studios before the show premiered on October 4. Watch our exclusive video interview with Messing above.
Messing teased the entire season, hinting at the new romance between Grace and “Friends” star David Schwimmer. “He plays Noah,” she explains, “who is otherwise known as the Upper West Side Curmudgeon.” Of course, this new relationship also “changes the dynamic between Will and Grace.”
At the same time, Grace is exploring her political aspirations by “running to be president of the New York Society of Interior Design.” Messing jokes, “she takes it so seriously that it might as well be she’s running for governor of New York.”
During its original eight-season run “Will and Grace” won 16 Emmys, including Best Comedy Series in 2000. All four series regulars took home individual acting prizes as well: McCormack (Best Comedy Actor, 2001), Messing (Best Comedy Actress, 2003), Hayes (Best Comedy Supporting Actor, 2000) and Mullally (Best Comedy Supporting Actress, 2000, 2006). Those wins were historic: when Messing picked up her trophy in 2003 the series joined the elite ranks of “All in the Family” and “The Golden Girls” as the only shows to win Emmys for all of their main cast members.
The revival of “Will and Grace” was welcomed back with an Emmy bid for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Mullally), Golden Globe nominations for Best TV Comedy Series and Best TV Comedy Actor (McCormack), and SAG and Critics’ Choice citations for Hayes.
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