“The writing, in my opinion, is the best it’s ever been,” proclaims “Will and Grace” star Sean Hayes. “It makes me laugh out loud.” The NBC sitcom starring Hayes, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, and Megan Mullally originally ran from 1998-2006. It returned in 2017 and was soon renewed for two additional seasons. Gold Derby recently spoke with Hayes on-set at Universal Studios before the show premiered on October 4. Watch our exclusive video interview above.
Hayes teased what’s to come this season, including Jack’s engagement to Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez), which is “going to go great or horrible,” he says. Either would be “great storytelling.” He also revealed two dream guest stars he’d love to have on the show one day: Oscar queen Meryl Streep “because it would just be really cool to act with her in something” and action star Dwayne Johnson, which “would be really unexpected.”
“Will and Grace” won 16 Emmys during its original run, 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). Only two other shows have won Emmys for all of their main cast members: “All in the Family” and “The Golden Girls.”
For the “Will and Grace” revival Hayes earned SAG and Critics’ Choice nominations. The show also picked up an Emmy bid for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Mullally) and Golden Globe nominations for Best TV Comedy Series and Best TV Comedy Actor (McCormack). In addition to Hayes’s plaudits for this series he won a second Emmy in 2011 for hosting the Tony Awards, and he earned a Tony nom for his starring role in the musical “Promises, Promises” in 2010.
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