Will and Grace is making its return to television screens. The sitcom has been officially revived by NBC.
Speculation among fans about a potential comeback started when the cast came together for a “reunion” during the election cycle. Those speculations turned out to be true with NBC’s recent confirmation. But before the revival, it would be great to have a refresher about the show.
Things to Know Before the Revival Starts Airing
Sean Hayes, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Eric McCormack have funny stories to tell their fans. These stars have gone through a lot before getting their roles.
Hayes threw the script of the pilot episode while Messing got drunk before agreeing to participate. On the other hand, Mullally turned down a great offer and McCormack was not supposed to play the part of Will.
Hayes told Entertainment Weekly that he threw the script away when he got a hold of it. Though he really liked the script, the actor realized he had to purchase his own plane ticket to L.A. which discouraged him. Nevertheless, NBC pursued which eventually landed him the role.
Meanwhile, Messing’s story is a bit unusual. Showrunners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick really wanted to get the actress for the role of Grace Alder. In order to convince the star, NY Daily News reported that the producers poured her shots after shots while pitching the show to her.
Mullally, on the other hand, auditioned for the role of Grace but we know who the producers bet. So, instead of Grace, Mullally became Karen.
As for McCormack, it seems he was not the first choice for the role of Will. Instead, the production thought John Barrowman is “the one.” Later on, producers admitted that Barrowman is “too straight” to play Will–a gay character.
The Story’s Basis
The sitcom’s plot is not a fictional story. It was revealed that the story arc came from a true to life story of Mutchnick and Janet Eisenberg, a voiceover casting agency owner.
If you are an avid follower of the show, you might have noticed that Karen’s voice is not high-pitched. In the first part of the series, she uses her natural voice. But, as time passed by, the actress started using her remarkable Karen’s high-pitched voice.
The title of the show is not just something that came out of nowhere. Will and Grace came from a Jewish book named I and Thou.
It was revealed that NBC actually planned to give Mullally’s character a spin-off. However, because the Friends spin-off didn’t work at all, they just decided to give the actress a talk show.
Will and Grace airs in time for the 2017-18 season. Stay tuned for more updates on the show.
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