Well, you can't blame NBC for trying.
With the Broadway-focused musical series "Smash" yielding only middling ratings after a debut powered by a $30-million promotional blitz, the network is looking to build buzz for Season 2 with a little bit of sitcom nostalgia by reuniting star Debra Messing with former "Will & Grace" costar Sean Hayes.
Hayes, an Emmy winner for his role as Jack on the popular 1998-2006 sitcom, will appear in a multiple-episode arc as a comic with film and TV experience preparing for his Broadway debut -- which unfortunately ends any speculation that the storyline might involve Messing's character co-writing an adaptation of "Just Jack" (a one-man show by Hayes' "Will & Grace" character).
Hayes joins Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson as the second high-profile guest star scheduled for the second season of "Smash," which will be led by a new showrunner with the departure of Theresa Rebeck, who created the series. The first season featured guest turns from Uma Thurman, Bernadette Peters and Nick Jonas.