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On the Set of 'Will & Grace' as Characters Face Life-Changing Moments: "Anything Is on the Table"

The revival season of NBC's Will & Grace ended with a new crisis: Grace’s (Debra Messing) dad and Will’s (Eric McCormack) mom (played by guest stars Robert Klein and Blythe Danner) find themselves enjoying each other’s company so much so that they announce a quickie engagement.

The idea of becoming “siblings,” however, is too much to bear for Will and Grace, who cap the season by suffering a mutual existential crisis. To top it off, Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) has accepted a marriage proposal from a brand-new boyfriend and Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) has ...
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Unlucky 13: Only two ‘Will & Grace’ guest actors will get Emmy nominations, readers say

Unlucky 13: Only two ‘Will & Grace’ guest actors will get Emmy nominations, readers say
Will & Grace” submitted 13 people in Best Comedy Guest Actor at the Emmys, but most of them will be out of luck when it comes to making the cut. In a recent poll, 33 percent of our readers think “Will & Grace” will only snag two guest actor spots.

Which two of the 13 — Michael Angarano, Alec Baldwin, Barry Bostwick, Dan Bucatinsky, Bobby Cannavale, Harry Connick Jr., Max Greenfield, Cheyenne Jackson, Leslie Jordan, Robert Klein, Nick Offerman, Ben Plattand Andrew Rannells — will it be? Our odds currently have Jordan and Cannavale the highest, at seventh and eighth, respectively. Both won this category during the sitcom’s original run.

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Cannavale won in 2005, when “Will & Grace” took up four of the five guest actor slots. With so much TV now and “Saturday Night Live”’s eligibility in the category,
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Will third time be the charm for Blythe Danner (‘Will & Grace’) in Best Comedy Guest Actress at the Emmy Awards?

Will third time be the charm for Blythe Danner (‘Will & Grace’) in Best Comedy Guest Actress at the Emmy Awards?
During the 2000s, Blythe Danner was an Emmy Awards darling, earning six nominations, including two victories, over just four years. Now, after more than a decade-long Emmy absence, Danner is poised for a grand return, once again in Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Will & Grace.”

Danner’s portrayal of Will (Eric McCormack)’s mom Marilyn earned her nominations in both 2005 and 2006. The actress returned in the show’s recent season finale, “It’s a Family Affair.” Much to the chagrin of her son, she is invited by Grace (Debra Messing) to move into their apartment for an extended visit. Grace’s father Martin (Robert Klein) is also staying over and, as he and Marilyn invade their kids’ lives, Will and Grace strive to come up with a plan to respectfully kick them out.

Gwen Inhat of The A.V Club praised the performances of both Danner and Klein, writing “Martin and Marilyn,
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How many ‘Will & Grace’ guest actors — out of 13 (!) — will get Emmy nominations? [Poll]

How many ‘Will & Grace’ guest actors — out of 13 (!) — will get Emmy nominations? [Poll]
Will & Grace” is leaving no guest actor behind when it come to the Emmys. As Gold Derby exclusively revealed, the show is submitting a whopping 13 people in Best Comedy Guest Actor, which is 1) ill-advised and 2) could backfire.

The 13 actors are Michael Angarano, Alec Baldwin, Barry Bostwick, Dan Bucatinsky, Bobby Cannavale, Harry Connick Jr., Max Greenfield, Cheyenne Jackson, Leslie Jordan, Robert Klein, Nick Offerman, Ben Platt and Andrew Rannells. Maybe the show didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by leaving someone out, but awards are all about strategy. There are only six slots and it’s entering more than double that. You don’t want to cancel yourself out.

See Emmys exclusive: Universal TV’s categories for ‘SNL,’ ‘Kimmy Schmidt,’ ‘Will & Grace’ and more

Maybe it also thinks it’s still the mid-2000s, when “Will & Grace” could fill up the Best Comedy Guest Actor category
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Which ‘Will & Grace’ guest star should earn Emmy for revival season: Bobby Cannavale, Leslie Jordan, Molly Shannon … ? [Poll]

Which ‘Will & Grace’ guest star should earn Emmy for revival season: Bobby Cannavale, Leslie Jordan, Molly Shannon … ? [Poll]
Will & Grace” was well-known for its cavalcade of guest stars during its original run, gobbling up double-digit Emmy nominations, and even wins for Bobby Cannavale (2005) and Leslie Jordan (2006). The NBC sitcom hasn’t missed a step in this revival season, bringing back many old favorites while also introducing multiple memorable characters from new guest stars. But which guest stars should be singled out for Emmy nominations this year? Vote in our poll below.

Cannavale and Jordan, who play Will’s (Eric McCormack) ex-boyfriend Vince D’Angelo and Karen’s (Megan Mullally) nemesis Beverley Leslie, respectively, won Emmys for their roles in the original series and are now eligible again this year. Both have great showcase episodes in the revival, with Will reevaluating how things went wrong with Vince in “The Wedding” and Beverley revealing his very obvious truth to Karen in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying.
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‘Will and Grace’ Finale: Creators Talk Where They’re Going in Season 2 – and 3, for That Matter

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‘Will and Grace’ Finale: Creators Talk Where They’re Going in Season 2 – and 3, for That Matter
(Spoiler alert: Do not read ahead unless you have seen Thursday’s season finale of “Will & Grace.)

Will & Grace” just aired its second Season 1 finale. Wait, it’s clear we’re referencing the final episode of the freshman installment of NBC’s revival, right? Ok, good.

Thursday’s season-closer ended with a real jaw-dropper: Will’s (Eric McCormack) mother and Grace’s (Debra Messing) father hooked up and announced they are getting married, all in one episode. Which means the two BFFs are about to become brother and sister. Yeah. Ew.

Oh, and Jack (Sean Hayes) got engaged to his new boyfriend he literally just met on a trip to Ibiza, Spain, while Karen (Megan Mullally) ended her long-running affair with her lover (Alec Baldwin) to put her marriage first.

Also Read: 'Will & Grace' Bosses on 'Roseanne' Revival Success: 'There's Not One Part of Us That's Jealous'

But TheWrap decided to focus on the Will and Grace ick factor here in particular when asking Max Mutchnick and David Kohan — the co-creators and showrunners of NBC’s old/new hit — about the cliffhanger for “It’s a Family Affair.” (Yes, that was the actual name of this episode.)

“The idea was that they had both sort of come to this point in their lives where they were very sanguine about where they were and what their life was,” Kohan said. “And Grace had made her peace about being single, being content with her lot. And Will recognized the folly of trying to really quickly rush into a relationship under the wire. And they had both gotten to the point where, ‘Hey things are good.’ And then suddenly circumstances conspire to show them maybe they shouldn’t be so sure of themselves.”

Those circumstances are Grace’s widower father Martin Adler (Robert Klein) and Will’s widow mother Marilyn Truman (Blythe Danner) making with a very fast engagement soon after sleeping together for the first time. And they actually say they are tying the knot because they don’t want to end up like their children, who are co-dependent and alone. Ouch.

Also Read: 'Will and Grace' Revival Renewed for Season 3, NBC Adds to Season 2 Episode Order

So Will and Grace are left with the awkward realization that, not only will they become siblings, but the choices they have made are what led their parents to this decision.

“They are accused of being too incestuous,” Kohan said. “And what happens now that they are literally incestuous? That’s the big question we land on.”

A question they have plenty of time to answer.

Also Read: 'Will & Grace': Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner and Sara Rue to Reprise Roles

Will & Grace” was picked up for Season 2 before the revival premiered at the start of the 2017-2018 TV season, and the Peacock recently granted it a third season and upped the episode count for the sophomore installment.

But just because Kohan and Mutchnick have been given a long timeline to work with, that doesn’t mean they are filling it out.

“Things happen during the course of a season that I mean, yeah we might have an idea or we might have in the back of our minds something that we want two years down the road,” Kohan said. “But we also know that things happen during the course of a season. Relationships are made or moments sort of coalesce around something that we didn’t foresee, that move the show in a different direction. So to be married to a certain way to go or a certain way to end it — it’s written in pencil.”

“One of the things that we’re so lucky to have on the show is a room full of very brilliant writers that we collaborate with every week,” Mutchnick added. “And so getting all of those opinions in when story camp starts is going to pave the way to the first episode of Season 2 — or 10, depending on what you want to call it.”

Kohan said they have a “few things” in the works now, but “everything is on the table.” “Because any place that you land is viable if you get it there authentically and if you get it there entertainingly,” he added. “So where we want to end up is up for debate.”

“If we get through it one year at a time, it’s better that way,” Mutchnick added. “And what Season 3 gives us is almost an emotional cushion.”

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‘Will & Grace’ Bosses on How First Revival Season Finale Sets Up Season 2

‘Will & Grace’ Bosses on How First Revival Season Finale Sets Up Season 2
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “It’s a Family Affair,” the season finale of “Will & Grace.”

The 2017 return of “Will & Grace” saw its titular characters still living together in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan after 11 years away from the audience. The original series’ run end, which saw Grace (Debra Messing) and Will (Eric McCormack) raising children with their respective partners but in a fight with each other, was proven to be just a daydream of sorts from a spaced out Karen (Megan Mullally).

The first new season back saw the NBC sitcom
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Where the 'Will & Grace' Revival Will Go Next After Those Proposals (and Existential Crisis)

[This story contains spoilers from the first season of NBC's Will & Grace revival.]

Will & Grace capped off the first season of its NBC revival with happy news all around — except when it comes to Will and Grace.

Thursday's season-ender left best pals and roommates Will Truman (Eric McCormack) and Grace Adler (Debra Messing) potentially adding another descriptor to their relationship: siblings. After losing their respective spouses, Grace's dad (Robert Klein) and Will's mom (Blythe Danner) found themselves single and enjoying one another's company so much so that they decided to announce a quickie ...
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TVLine Items: Grey's Plots Transgender Arc, Roseanne Cast to 20/20 and More

TVLine Items: Grey's Plots Transgender Arc, Roseanne Cast to 20/20 and More
Candis Cayne is set to appear in a multiple-episode arc on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cayne (The Magicians) will play a transgender patient that receives a vaginoplasty surgery at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

“[The surgery] revolutionizes the making of a vagina, and we thought that was a really cool story,” Grey’s showrunner Krista Vernoff told the trade.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* The cast of ABC’s Roseanne revival will appear on a corporately synergistic special edition of 20/20 on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 10/11c. Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and others from the cast of the sitcom,
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TV News Roundup: ‘Heathers’ Series Releases First Trailer (Watch)

In today’s roundup, Paramount Network releases the first trailer for its new series “Heathers” and Netflix announces a date for its new documentary series “Ugly Delicious.”

First Looks

Paramount Network has released the first trailer for its new series “Heathers,” based on the cult classic film of the same name. “Heathers” premieres Mar. 7 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt.

Dates

Netflix‘s new eight-episode documentary series “Ugly Delicious” will premiere on Feb. 23. The show features chef David Chang as he travels the world with writers and chefs, activists and artists, who use food as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers, tackle misconceptions and uncover shared experiences. Watch a first look clip below.

Casting

VH1 announced that the guest judges to be featured on the new season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” include Vanessa Hudgens, Tituss Burgess, Kristin Chenoweth, Marc Jacobs, Shay Mitchell, Nancy Pelosi, Chris Colfer, Vanessa Williams, Adam Lambert, [link
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TVLine Items: Will & Grace Guest Stars, Ash vs Evil Dead Trailer and More

Will & Grace‘s parade of returning guest stars continues.

The latest actors set to reprise their roles on the NBC comedy include Alec Baldwin (as Karen’s government-agent ex Malcolm Widmark), Blythe Danner (as Will’s mom Marilyn Truman) and Sara Rue (as Grace’s sister Joyce).

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Additionally, Mary McCormack (In Plain Sight) and Robert Klein (The Mysteries of Laura) will appear in upcoming episodes.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Starz has released a new trailer for Season 3 of Ash vs Evil Dead, premiering Sunday,
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‘Will & Grace’: Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner & Sara Rue To Reprise Guest Roles

‘Will & Grace’: Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner & Sara Rue To Reprise Guest Roles
Some familiar faces are returning to Will & Grace. Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner and Sara Rue will reprise their roles on the current season. Baldwin will return as Malcolm Widmark, Danner as Marilyn Truman (Will’s mom) and Rue as Joyce (Grace’s sister). Mary McCormack and Robert Klein will also guest star. No episode dates have been announced. They join other returning guests Harry Connick Jr., Minnie Driver, Leslie Jordan and Molly Shannon, Bobby Cannavale and Jennifer…
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‘Will & Grace': Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner and Sara Rue to Reprise Roles

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‘Will & Grace': Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner and Sara Rue to Reprise Roles
Alec Baldwin, Blythe Danner and Sara Rue are set to reprise their roles on NBC’s revived “Will & Grace.” Those Season 1 (you know, the second time around) guest stars will be joined by a pair of newcomers to the universe: Mary McCormack and Robert Klein. Baldwin played Malcolm Widmark on the show’s original run. Danner was Will’s mom, Marilyn Truman. Rue played Grace’s sister, Joyce. Also Read: 'Will & Grace' Cast and Creators Rip Reports That NBC Sitcom Uses a Laugh Track These three coming back to the sitcom follows news of Jennifer Lopez’s own return. As previously reported, J. Lo. will play two roles on...
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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

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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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Ray Romano Returns To Host International Myeloma Foundation 11th Annual Comedy Celebration

The International Myeloma Foundation (Imf), the first and widely respected myeloma-specific foundation in the world, announced today the star-studded lineup for the Imf 11th Annual Comedy Celebration on Saturday, November 4 at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre.

Actor and comedian Ray Romano returns to host an unforgettable evening of comedy that will feature performers including Hannibal Buress, Rachel Feinstein, Nikki Glaser, Robert Klein, Marc Maron, Kumail Nanjiani, Iliza Shlesinger, and Fred Willard. All performers are subject to availability.

Proceeds from event benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund, named for the beloved actor who died in 2006 after a four-year battle with myeloma – an incurable cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells and one of the fastest growing blood cancers in the world. Since the first event in 2007, the annual Imf Comedy Celebration has featured over 50 celebrity comedians and musical performers, and raised more than $6 million. Through laughter, the event honors Boyle and raises
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How Hal Ashby’s ‘The Landlord’ Provided an Early Glimpse at a Complicated Modern Brooklyn

How Hal Ashby’s ‘The Landlord’ Provided an Early Glimpse at a Complicated Modern Brooklyn
In his new memoir, “Making Rent in Bed-Stuy: A Memoir of Trying to Make It in New York City,” filmmaker, author, and professor Brandon Harris explores his unique coming-of-age in the city — and community — that he loves. Incidentally and not at all accidentally, the book includes a reflections on a number of essential films that shaped Harris’ journey, from Spike Lee joints to underappreciated indies and even Hal Ashby’s “The Landlord.”

In celebration of the book, Harris has also curated a series at Brooklyn’s Alamo Drafthouse under the same title, featuring four films that speak directly to his novel and his experience, including tonight’s screening of “The Landlord.”

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Check out our exclusive excerpt from “Making Rent in Bed-Stuy: A Memoir of Trying to Make It in New York City
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Don Rickles Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Loss of a Comedy Genius

Don Rickles Remembered as Hollywood Mourns the Loss of a Comedy Genius
Earlier today, we reportedly the sad news that Hollywood has lost another legend, with comedian Don Rickles passing away at the age of 90. His publicist confirmed that the iconic insult comic passed in his Los Angeles home, from kidney failure. As word of his passing spread, Hollywood icons left and right paid tribute to the late comedian through social media, to honor this late legend.

While most sent out their tributes through Twitter, others released lengthier tributes elsewhere. Rolling Stone caught up with Gilbert Gottfried, who summed up the the late comedian's legacy with a heartfelt statement that explained why Rickles will go down in history as one of the best comedians ever. Here's what Gilbert Gottfried had to say.

"Don Rickles was never politically correct, and he would never apologize for any of it. He was totally unapologetic about his comedy. So I admired that and looked at him
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Bob Newhart, Tom Hanks, Other Stars Remember Don Rickles: ‘A God Died Today’

Bob Newhart, Tom Hanks, Other Stars Remember Don Rickles: ‘A God Died Today’
Legendary comedian Don Rickles died on Thursday at the age of 90, and many of those in Hollywood whom he inspired took to Twitter to honor his legacy.

Although he was widely known as an “insult” comic, stars, especially those in the comedy world, refuted that with stories about his kindness.

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In a statement released on Thursday morning, Bob and Ginnie Newhart expressed their shock and condolences regarding Rickles’ death. “He was called ‘The Merchant of Venom,’ but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring, and most sensitive human beings we have ever known,” the statement reads. “We are devastated and our world will never be the same. We were totally unprepared for this.”

Rose Marie, co-star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” also released a statement: “One of my dearest friends is gone. What a talent! He was remarkable and
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Bob Newhart, Tom Hanks, Other Stars Remember Don Rickles: ‘A God Died Today’

Bob Newhart, Tom Hanks, Other Stars Remember Don Rickles: ‘A God Died Today’
Legendary comedian Don Rickles died on Thursday at the age of 90, and many of those in Hollywood whom he inspired took to Twitter to honor his legacy.

Although he was widely known as an “insult” comic, stars, especially those in the comedy world, refuted that with stories about his kindness.

In a statement released on Thursday morning, Bob and Ginnie Newhart expressed their shock and condolences regarding Rickles’ death. “He was called ‘The Merchant of Venom,’ but in truth, he was one of the kindest, caring, and most sensitive human beings we have ever known,” the statement reads. “We are devastated and our world will never be the same. We were totally unprepared for this.”

Rose Marie, co-star of “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” also released a statement: “One of my dearest friends is gone. What a talent! He was remarkable and one of our favorites to work with on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’ I
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