“This show, for me, always felt like putting on a really comfortable sweater,” explains “Will and Grace” star Eric McCormack. “I’m more comfortable on this set than I am in most of the rooms in my house.” The NBC sitcom starring McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally originally ran from 1998-2006. Then it returned in 2017 after 11 years for what was supposed to be a 10-episode run. But that morphed into a 16-episode season, and then a second- and third-season renewal. Gold Derby recently spoke with McCormack on the show’s set at Universal Studios in anticipation of its season premiere on October 4. Watch our exclusive video interview with McCormack above.
McCormack teased the upcoming season, which includes a romance between Will and guest star Matt Bomer, “who is hysterically funny.” There’s also a new love interest for Grace in the form of David Schwimmer. “He and I have a very funny episode where we try and figure each other out,” he reveals. “I always love those episodes, because Will is so protective of Grace.”
During its original eight-season run “Will & Grace” won 16 Emmys out of 83 nominations, including Best Comedy Series in 2000. All four series regulars took home individual acting prizes as well: McCormack (Best Comedy Actor, 2001), Messing (Best Comedy Actress, 2003), Hayes (Best Comedy Supporting Actor, 2000) and Mullally (Best Comedy Supporting Actress, 2000, 2006). When Messing picked up her trophy in 2003 the series joined the elite ranks of “All in the Family” and “The Golden Girls” as the only shows to win Emmys for all of its main cast members.
The revival of “Will & Grace” was welcomed back by many awards voters in addition to viewers, receiving an Emmy bid for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Mullally), Golden Globe nominations for Best TV Comedy Series and Best TV Comedy Actor (McCormack), and SAG and Critics’ Choice citations for Hayes.
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