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John Barrowman was up for the role of Will but didn't get it because he was "too straight" and the role went to Eric McCormack. Barrowman is gay in real life while McCormack is straight.
Megan Mullally originally used her normal voice in the first episode. She began using her trademark high-pitched nasal voice in the second episode.
Grace's middle name is Elizabeth. It is explained that this is because her mother was a big fan of Elizabeth Taylor. In real life Debbie Reynolds, who plays Grace's mother, had her husband leave her for Elizabeth Taylor.
Rosario was a one-joke character in the first season, when Jack married her so she could stay in the country. The character became so popular that she was made a semi-regular.
United States Vice President Joe Biden honored the show to be a trailblazer for acceptance of the LGBT community, as well as paving way for endorsement of same-sex marriage. He said, "I think 'Will & Grace' probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has ever done so far. This is evolving."
Megan Mullally was offered both Karen and the role of Carrie in The King of Queens (1998). She almost went with the latter role.
Jack's website www.justjack.com really does exist. It now redirects you to NBC's Will & Grace website, but at the time it was created, it was an actual web site created by "Jack." It included pictures and a letter Rosario wrote to the INS.
Originally Max Mutchnick and David Kohan pitched a straightforward couples comedy in which a gay man and his straight female roommate were supporting characters. NBC liked the supporting characters better.
The first episode of the eighth and last season was a live-aired episode
Megan Mullally once developed a Broadway musical which revolved around her character on this show, entitled "Karen: The Musical." The musical would be centered on Karen Walker's rivalry with Beverly Leslie, with Leslie Jordan set to appear as well. Mullally secured the rights to the character from NBC, had backing from Fox Theatricals and had lined up a director and a composer for the show before certain stakeholders in the Karen Walker character withdrew the rights for its use in the production.
Early promotional spots for the show were ambiguous about Will's homosexuality since NBC didn't know how well the gay leading character would play.
Jack's Cher doll is a $60,000 prototype of a doll that Mattel sold for a short time in 2001. Co-producer/Creator Max Mutchnick currently owns the doll that was featured in the show.
As revealed in an interview, when Megan Mullally learned she won the role, she was leaving NBC studios and made an illegal U-turn. She was pulled over but said it didn't matter because she's on a new show.
One of only three TV series' to win Emmys for all their principal cast-members. The others are All in the Family (1971) and The Golden Girls (1985), with all three shows featuring a regular cast of four.
Among the four main cast members, Sean Hayes received most award recognition for his work with a total of 44 nominations, Megan Mullaly achieved 40 nominations, Debra Messing got 36 and Eric McCormack received 28.
James Burrows directed every single episode of the show, an impressive total of 188 episodes.
Because of the show's numerous pop culture references, many of the celebrity guests had already been mentioned on the show before their eventual guest appearances (e.g., Alec Baldwin, Matt Damon, Madonna, Britney Spears, etc.)
Will originally had a partner in the original pilot, Higgins, but his scenes were deleted in the final draft of the script.
Alexis Arquette lost the part of Jack to Sean Hayes at the final auditions.
Megan Mullally's real-life husband Nick Offerman plays Nick the Plumber in Will & Grace: Moveable Feast (2001).
The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History exhibits memorabilia from the show as a part of documenting the history of LGBT Americans. Featured are original scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia surrounding the show and the series finale, plus network-donated props such as a sign from "Grace Adler Interior Design," Will Truman's framed college diploma, the portrait of a young man that hung in Will and Grace's New York apartment as well as Karen Walker's pill bottle and flask.
Karen's maiden name is Delaney. Her full name is Karen Delaney St. Croix Propeil Walker.
Patrick Dempsey starred in three episodes of the show. He later presented Megan Mullally her second Emmy Award, when she won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series at The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2006).
Eric McCormack and Debra Messing would later work again, nine years later, on an episode of Messing's show The Mysteries of Laura (2014). The guest part was written for McCormack, who described working with Messing again to be "like riding a very old, creaky bike."
Nicollette Sheridan lost the part of Grace Adler to Debra Messing at the final auditions.
Karen Walker's husband, Stan, is never entirely seen. However, in Will & Grace: New Will City (2000), viewers do get to see parts of Stan Walker. He reaches out and grabs Karen's breast while she is talking to Will and throughout the scene viewers can see Stan's legs though most of him is blocked by a plant.
Veronica Cartwright and Suzanne Pleshette respectively played the mothers of Jack and Karen. Cartwright and Pleshette appeared together in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963).
In the episode where Grace is going to meet an old high school crush, he says he's part of a group of artists showing their art at the Zelman Gallery. Debra Messing's (Grace) real-life husband is Daniel Zelman.
Will's brother, Sam, was portrayed by two different actors, each appearing in two episodes: John Slattery in 1999 and Steven Weber in 2005 and 2006.
Director Sydney Pollack guest-starred in four episodes as Will's father, who cheats on Will's mother (played by Blythe Danner) with a woman named Tina (played by Lesley Ann Warren).
When Cher and Madonna made their respective appearance on the show, filming of both of their entrances had to be taken several times as uproarious applause from the live action studio audience ruined the audio tracks.
Will's apartment building is at 155 Riverside Drive, Upper West Side Manhattan.
In a surprise announcement from NBC, "Will & Grace" will be returning to television after a 11-year hiatus. What makes it all amazing is the show is returning with the original cast, original director, original producers, and it will air on the original network. The original announcement indicated there would be 10 episodes but today and BC announced they have ordered two more making it a total of 12 episodes.
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The Grace Adler Designs office is located in the Puck Building at 295 Lafayette St., south of Houston St.
In the episode when Grace married Leo, the music to which Will walked Grace up the aisle was the main theme from Brideshead Revisited (1981), composed by Geoffrey Burgon.
During the episode in which Will and Grace compete for the Tenants Association Presidency, one tenant complains that her missing umbrella closely resembles the one belonging to "Tim Kaiser in apartment 12-B." Tim Kaiser was a producer of the episode.
Jack's full name is John Phillip McFarland.
All of the four principal cast won an Emmy in their respective categories over the course of the shows run, with Megan Mullally taking home two for her portrayal of Karen Walker. However, only two years saw all of the cast nominated at the same time, 2000 and 2001. The show managed at least one win in any category, with the exception of two years - The 51st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1999), of which it was only nominated in one category, the direction of the pilot, and The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004), in which it was conversely nominated for nine. In only one of it's six nominations did it ever take home the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
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Yasmine Bleeth auditioned for the role of Grace, but lost to Debra Messing
The pose Jack uses for his "Just Jack" show slogan, is based on Judy Garland from "A Star Is Born (1954)"
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In one episode, Karen mistakes Grace's last name for "Alden". One of the producers on the show is Bruce Alden.
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If Grace had given birth to a daughter, she wanted to name her "Lilly."
Jarrod Emick read for the part of Will.
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One of only 3 sitcoms whose leading chacters all won Emmy's for their performances on the show. The other 2 sitcoms were All in the Family and Golden Girls.
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The part of Beverly Leslie, that was ultimately played by Leslie Jordan, was originally to be played by Joan Collins. The first episode with the character called for a fight between Karen Walker and Beverly Leslie wherein each character pulls off each other's wigs. At the last minute, Joan Collins refused to have her wig pulled off and Leslie Jordan was cast.
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