August 13, 2004 |
Jennifer Lopez won't say whether she got married to singer Marc Anthony last June, but she has said yes to making her second appearance on NBC's "Will & Grace" in the comedy's season premiere Sept. 16. Lopez, whose movie "Shall We Dance" is due to open this fall, will again play herself, reprising her role in the show's season finale last April as the wedding entertainment when Megan Mullally's character Karen married John Cleese's Lyle in Las Vegas.
February 16, 2004 |
With "Friends" and "Frasier" ending their long runs this spring, the beleaguered sitcom genre -- a TV bulwark since "I Love Lucy" -- will suffer a double blow. Now uncertainty is clouding two more hit comedies, CBS' "Everybody Loves Raymond" and NBC's "Will & Grace." "Raymond" star Ray Romano said Friday that there would be "no quick resolution" to the question of whether he and executive producer Phil Rosenthal would return to the series for a ninth and final season, or call it quits in May.
April 1, 2004 |
Debra Messing, star of the NBC hit comedy "Will & Grace," has been ordered to stay off her feet for the rest of her pregnancy, forcing her to miss the show's final four episodes of the season, the network said Tuesday. An NBC spokesperson said production of the Thursday night sitcom has been quietly proceeding for the past three weeks without Messing, 35, who is eight months pregnant and expecting her first child with screenwriter-husband Daniel Zelman at the end of April.
August 11, 2004
Jackson in prime time: Janet Jackson will guest star as herself in an upcoming episode of NBC's "Will & Grace." The episode will air Sept. 23, Jackson told syndicated entertainment TV show "Access Hollywood" in an interview that aired Monday.
November 23, 2002 |
A sweeps-timed wedding on NBC's "Will & Grace" generated the program's second-largest audience ever, according to Nielsen Media Research estimates, with the show attracting 24.3 million viewers Thursday -- dropping time-slot competitor "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" to its smallest audience this season. The only "Will & Grace" to draw a bigger audience was broadcast in February and also featured a major guest star, Matt Damon.
September 17, 1998 |
It's been more than 16 months since Ellen DeGeneres and her alter ego, Ellen Morgan, came out of the closet and into our living rooms. As Ellen became the first TV show to feature an openly gay leading character, gay Americans were hopeful at the prospect of a newfound visibility for the next millennium. But the show was decreed by many viewers and critics to be "too gay," the ratings declined and it was canceled.