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Channel 5 to air new season of Will & Grace in the UK

Channel 5 has announced that it is set to air the brand new season of Will & Grace in the UK, starting this coming January.

“Will & Grace is one of the greatest comedy shows of our time, so we’re thrilled to see it return to TV screens,” said Katie Keenan, VP, Acquisitions, Channel 5 and Vimn UK. “With the hugely talented cast reprising their roles and tackling the issues of today with their razor-sharp wit, Will & Grace will become ‘must-see’ television in 2018. This deal follows the confirmation that The X-Files will return in early 2018, demonstrating our appetite for the best content across the world.”

Just over a decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, the announcement marks the highly anticipated return of comedy’s most fabulous foursome and the creative team behind them, including creators/executive producers, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, and legendary director, James Burrows. Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally
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Ray Romano Hosts International Myeloma Foundation 11th Comedy Celebration

On November 4th, the International Myeloma Foundation (Imf) presented its 11th Annual Comedy Celebration benefiting the Peter Boyle Research Fund and supporting the Black Swan Research Initiative (Bsri) at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

Ray Romano performs onstage at the International Myeloma Foundation 11th Annual Comedy Celebration

Credit/Copyright: Brandon Williams/Getty Images for International Myeloma Foundation

Ten-time host Ray Romano was joined by fellow comedians Hannibal Buress, Rachel Feinstein, Nikki Glaser, Robert Klein, Marc Maron, Iliza Shlesinger, and Fred Willard, who each took the stage to perform for an unforgettable evening of comedy. Veteran comedian Rene Hicks opened the show in a big way drawing huge laughs from the crowd while also sharing her personal experience with myeloma noting the healing benefits of laughter.

Additional attendees included Patricia Heaton (The Middle), Howard Hesseman (Fresh Off the Boat), Jake Smollet (Food Network’s Smollett Eats), James Burrows (Director,
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Episodes Creators Talk Very Meta Series Finale, Carol's Happy Ending and More

Episodes Creators Talk Very Meta Series Finale, Carol's Happy Ending and More
The old saying goes, write what you know — and that’s exactly what Sean and Beverly did in the series finale of Episodes.

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In the end, the show within the show became the show. After Matt went behind his friends’ backs and accepted an offer for another series, the Lincolns returned home and wrote the script for Episodes! But, since Matt eventually apologized and convinced Sean and Beverly that he was perfect for their lead role of “Matt LeBlanc,” the final scene featured everyone — including reunited couple Carol and Helen — gathered to watch the pilot.
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TV Review: ‘Will & Grace’ on NBC

TV Review: ‘Will & Grace’ on NBC
In its return, “Will & Grace” is pretty much the same show you may recall. Depending on your perspective, this will be either a feature or a bug. For many, it will likely be both.

There is a whiff of nostalgia hanging over the first three installments of the show, which echo the taut rhythms and polished brightness of Must See TV from back in the day. The cast remains sharp and able to tackle physical and verbal humor with aplomb. But the first episode, in which the gang visits the Trump White House, reeks of the kind of smarmy self-congratulation that marred many otherwise decent comedies that came up around the same time as “Will & Grace.” In that installment, there’s an obliviousness on display that makes the whole thing feel smug and more than a little dated.

But, all in all, there’s nothing about the early stages of the revival that is likely to put
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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‘Will & Grace’ Review: A Revival with Gusto, Laughs, and Purpose, the NBC Sitcom is Sharp as Ever

‘Will & Grace’ Review: A Revival with Gusto, Laughs, and Purpose, the NBC Sitcom is Sharp as Ever
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains light spoilers for “Will & Grace” Season 9 (2017), regarding the characters’ current living arrangements and how the new season deals with the former series finale.]

The opening scene of “Will & Grace” Season 9 — or Season 1 of the revival, or whatever NBC is intent on calling it — should strike fear in the hearts of any TV fan. As the core four bluntly brings viewers up to date on who’s single (everyone but Karen), who’s living together (Will and Grace), and who’s nonexistent (those kids from the series Season 8 finale), there’s a moment where Jack turns to the camera and speaks directly to the audience: “Got it?” he asks.

The triggered anxiety shouldn’t stem from the blunt exposition or an uncharacteristic fourth-wall break; it stems from how Jack’s rhetorical question to the audience at home is reminiscent of another ’90s sitcom revival which did the same thing: “Fuller House,” the worst of television’s zombie horde, featured a scene in Season 1 where the entire cast turned and stared blankly at the camera.
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‘Will & Grace’ Review: A Revival with Gusto, Laughs, and Purpose, the NBC Sitcom is Sharp as Ever

‘Will & Grace’ Review: A Revival with Gusto, Laughs, and Purpose, the NBC Sitcom is Sharp as Ever
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains light spoilers for “Will & Grace” Season 9 (2017), regarding the characters’ current living arrangements and how the new season deals with the former series finale.]

The opening scene of “Will & Grace” Season 9 — or Season 1 of the revival, or whatever NBC is intent on calling it — should strike fear in the hearts of any TV fan. As the core four bluntly brings viewers up to date on who’s single (everyone but Karen), who’s living together (Will and Grace), and who’s nonexistent (those kids from the series Season 8 finale), there’s a moment where Jack turns to the camera and speaks directly to the audience: “Got it?” he asks.

The triggered anxiety shouldn’t stem from the blunt exposition or an uncharacteristic fourth-wall break; it stems from how Jack’s rhetorical question to the audience at home is reminiscent of another ’90s sitcom revival which did the same thing: “Fuller House,” the worst of television’s zombie horde, featured a scene in Season 1 where the entire cast turned and stared blankly at the camera.
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NBC Sets First Streaming Pact for Original ‘Will & Grace’ Ahead of Series Relaunch

NBC has set its first streaming deal for the original “Will & Grace” series, licensing eight seasons of the sitcom to Hulu with additional authenticated distribution on the NBC app and Mvpd platforms. The deal comes just in time to help promote the return of the sitcom on NBC later this month.

The sitcom that yielded 194 episodes from 1998 to 2006 will be available for streaming on Sept. 21, one week before the revival opens on NBC. The pact also covers the new episodes, which will be available for streaming shortly after each episode’s broadcast premiere.

The new-model “Will & Grace” is set for a 16-episode run and has been renewed for a second season. The original creative team of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan are shepherding the revival along with director James Burrows. Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes have returned that revolves around the relationship between a gay man and a straight woman and their friends
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Jack & Karen Almost Played Will & Grace?! Casting Secrets Revealed — Plus a Peek at Footage from Sitcom's Revival

Jack & Karen Almost Played Will & Grace?! Casting Secrets Revealed — Plus a Peek at Footage from Sitcom's Revival
New episodes of Will & Grace are just around the corner!

In anticipation of the Sept. 28 premiere of the revival of the hit NBC sitcom — which ended its initial eight-season run in May 2006 — People has an exclusive look at footage from the new season and casting secrets that could have changed everything about the beloved comedy.

Eric McCormack initially turned down his role on the show.McCormack, 54, says he auditioned for Will & Grace in December 1997 and was offered the lead male role but didn’t think it was the right project for him.

“ called me, this is the best part you
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Will & Grace: New NBC Special to Air Ahead of Season Nine Debut

Will & Grace fans are in for a special treat. Today, NBC announced they will air a one-hour retrospective ahead of the sitcom's highly anticipated revival.The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace will "feature new and exclusive interviews with the show's stars - Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally - as well as creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, and legendary director James Burrows." The special will also air "never-seen-before behind-the-scenes footage."Read More…
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NBC and Paley Center Team for 'Will & Grace' Retrospective Ahead of Revival Launch

NBC is bringing back the stars of Will & Grace earlier than planned.

The network is teaming with the Paley Center for Media on a new retrospective on the acclaimed comedy that is set to premiere Sept. 19, a little more than a week before the revival's official premiere.

The Paley Center Salutes the Best of Will & Grace will feature new interviews with stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally, creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, and longtime director James Burrows. The hourlong special will also include never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage from the comedy and best moments...
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Cheers Actor Jay Thomas Dead at 69

Cheers Actor Jay Thomas Dead at 69
Sitcom vet Jay Thomas, best known for his recurring roles on Cheers and Murphy Brown, has died. He was 69.

In a statement to the NY Daily News, Thomas’ rep, Don Buchwald, said, “Jay was one of a kind, never at a loss for words and filled with so much fun and wonderfully whacky thoughts and behavior,”

The actor had been battling cancer.

On Murphy Brown, Thomas played Jerry Gold, tabloid talk show host and love interest/baby daddy for Candice Bergen’s titular character. He won two Emmys for the role. Meanwhile, on Cheers, he portrayed Carla’s (Rhea Perlman) husband Eddie LeBec,
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Watch two new promos for the Will & Grace revival

With a little over a month to go until Will & Grace returns, two new promos have arrived online for the hotly-anticipated revival of NBC’s beloved sitcom, which you can check out here…

See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Will & Grace here

That’s right, honey! A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in this exclusive 12-episode event. There’s no doubt that with this crew’s indelible bond and all the happenings in today’s rollercoaster world, the banter will be on point. The legendary James Burrows, director of every original Will & Grace episode, returns along with a slew of razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis. Behold once again, from the minds of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, TV’s wittiest ensemble ever.
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Will & Grace are Back Together Again in new promos

Following a new trailer and a season 10 renewal announcement for Will & Grace, NBC has released two new promos for the sitcom ahead of its series premiere next month; check them out here…

That’s right, honey! A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in this exclusive 12-episode event. There’s no doubt that with this crew’s indelible bond and all the happenings in today’s rollercoaster world, the banter will be on point. The legendary James Burrows, director of every original Will & Grace episode, returns along with a slew of razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis. Behold once again, from the minds of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, TV’s wittiest ensemble ever. Did somebody say encore?

The Will & Grace revival is set to premiere on September 28th.
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Will & Grace gets a new trailer and a season 10 renewal

With Will & Grace set to return next month, NBC has released a new promo for the sitcom, entitled The Fab Four is Back in Business’ which you can watch below…

Meanwhil,e it has also been announced by NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt that the network has extended the ninth season by four more episodes (bringing the total to 16), while the show has also been renewed for a tenth season of at least thirteen episodes, to air in 2018-19.

That’s right, honey! A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in this exclusive 12-episode event. There’s no doubt that with this crew’s indelible bond and all the happenings in today’s rollercoaster world, the banter will be on point. The legendary James Burrows,
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10 Big Takeaways From TCA: Week 2–‘Karate Kid’ Series, ‘Everwood’ Reunion, CBS Diversity Woes

10 Big Takeaways From TCA: Week 2–‘Karate Kid’ Series, ‘Everwood’ Reunion, CBS Diversity Woes
The Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour has rolled through its second week, with PBS, CBS, The CW, NBC, and YouTube Red all offering journalists first looks at their upcoming series.

With the end of the tour approaching on Aug. 9, take a look at some of the biggest stories to come out of the bi-annual event this week.

1.”Washington Week” host and “Washington Post” reporter Robert Costa had the distinction of taking the stage just moments after Anthony Scaramucci had been fired by President Donald Trump after less than two weeks on the job. Costa said that with Gen. John Kelly taking over as chief of staff, stability may finally be coming to the Trump White House. “I’ve known Kelly. I’ve covered Gen. Kelly,” Costa said. “He’s someone who doesn’t really align with the Jared Kushner wing of the White House, the more moderate wing. He
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‘Will & Grace’ Already Renewed For A New Season Ahead Of Revival

NBC have already renewed Will & Grace for a further season ahead of its revival later this year. The second season will go before cameras and air in 2018 following the first season, which hits the network in September.

Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally are all returning to reprise their roles from the record-breaking eight-season run that ended back in 2006. Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will write and executive produce the revival with original series director James Burrows helming.

Thursday, September 28 at 9 p.m is the date and time you’ll need to tune in for the debut episode of the revival. UK broadcasting dates are to follow.

More as we get it.

The post ‘Will & Grace’ Already Renewed For A New Season Ahead Of Revival appeared first on The Hollywood News.
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Will & Grace: Season 10 Renewal; Season Nine Expanded Again by NBC

Before its ninth season premiere, the Will & Grace TV show revival has been renewed for a 10th season of 13 episodes. Additionally, the ninth season has been expanded yet again. Although the Peacock Network originally ordered 10 episodes, in April, it increased that order to 12. Today, however, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced season nine of Will & Grace will consist of 16 episodes. Deadline broke the the Will & Grace season 10 renewal news from the TCA summer press tour. Will & Grace, season nine, premieres on NBC on September 28th at 9:00pm Et/Pt. The NBC TV series stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally, Creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan are serving as showrunners and executive producers. James Burrows, who directed every episode of the original series, is also directing and executive producing. Read More…
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‘Will & Grace’ Sneak Peek: Karen Is a Trump Supporter and Matchmaker — Watch

‘Will & Grace’ Sneak Peek: Karen Is a Trump Supporter and Matchmaker — Watch
“Will & Grace” returns this fall and, by the looks of it, the quartet at the center is still the same, even in a new decade.

On Thursday, NBC released the first footage from the revival series, which you can watch in the sneak peek below. In it, we see the state of Jack’s (Sean Hayes) love life and that Karen (Megan Mullally) clearly is a Trump supporter.

Read More‘Will & Grace’: 5 Big Issues the Groundbreaking Sitcom’s Revival Has to Address (Or Does It?)

“Honey, you know that Donnie is one of my oldest friends,” she tells Grace (Debra Messing). “I helped him pick out Melania.”

Though Will (Eric McCormack), Grace, Jack and Karen left TV screens in 2006, this latest version of the show continues the New York adventures of two best friends and the weirdos in their lives. The series will pick up 11 years later as if
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