NBC’s fun and informative ‘The Paley Center Salutes The Best of Will & Grace’ special is eligible at 2018 Emmys

“The Paley Center Salutes The Best of Will & Grace” was a must-watch special for every “Will & Grace” fan in the lead-up to the comedy series’ highly anticipated NBC revival. Airing September 19, this fun retrospective is now eligible at the 2018 Emmys in the category of Best Informational Series or Special. The hourlong program rehashed the best moments from “Will & Grace” and included exclusive interviews with cast members Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally, creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, and director James Burrows. Watch NBC’s preview trailer above.

Produced by Brad Lachman Productions in association with The Paley Center for Media, the special looked back at the first eight years of “Will & Grace” (1998-2006), the groundbreaking sitcom that won 16 Emmys including Best Comedy Series. Maureen J. Reidy, Brad Lachman and Diane Lewis served as executive producers of this TV salute, with Bill Bracken as co-executive producer.

“‘Will & Grace’ not only made television history, but educated and delighted audiences with its positive portrayal of the LGBTQ community,” noted Reidy, the President & CEO of The Paley Center for Media. “The Paley Center is incredibly proud to partner with NBC for this special look at one of television’s most beloved and historical comedies in advance of its highly anticipated return this September.”

Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment declared, “‘Will & Grace’ was critically acclaimed, beloved by audiences and often credited with moving the social/cultural needle, but most of all ‘Will & Grace’ was really, really funny. Teaming up with the wonderful people at the Paley Center, who are the experts at curating the best of television, is the perfect way to celebrate these witty, crazy characters and their incisive, hilarious take on the world before we’re back in people’s living rooms every week.”

“Will & Grace” is notably one of the few shows throughout TV history to win Emmys for its entire main cast: Messing as Best Comedy Actress in 2003, McCormack as Best Comedy Actor in 2001, Hayes as Best Comedy Supporting Actor in 2000, and Mullally as Best Comedy Supporting Actress in 2000 and 2006. Will any members of this foursome repeat their victories at the 2018 Emmys for NBC’s revival?

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