“Will & Grace” News
Season 8 and Complete Series Box Set Scheduled for September (6/29/08)Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced the eighth season of "Will & Grace" for release on September 16th 2008. The 4 disc set will include all 23 episodes. It includes the standard extras: an outtake reel and themed featurettes in addition to newly recorded audio commentary.
Also available on September 16 will be the complete series box set. It includes all eight seasons in a fun cube-shaped display box for a total of 33 DVDs and includes a disc of new bonus material not available previously, including newly recorded commentaries with cast and crew on the pilot episode and personal favorite episodes. "Will & Grace: The Complete Series" has a suggested retail price of $249.98.
(Source: Rodney/TV Shows on DVD)
iPhone Version of the Site Now Available! (12/16/07)A version of Rob's "Will & Grace" Page formatted for the iPhone is now available. Some of the pages are still under constructions, but the episode guide is complete.
Go to http://www.durfee.net/will/iphone to try it out.
Season 7 Scheduled for December (9/13/07)Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced the seventh season of "Will & Grace" for release on December 4th 2007. The 4 disc set will include all 23 episodes. It includes the standard extras: an outtake reel and themed featurettes. No word on whether or not the episodes will be shown in widescreen format and include unedited versions. (NBC finally began broadcasting the show in high-definition and widescreen during Season 7.)
(Source: Rodney/TV Shows on DVD)
Season 6 Scheduled for May (2/11/07)Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced the sixth season of "Will & Grace" for release on May 1st 2007. The 4 disc set will include all 24 episodes in full frame (4:3) with Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby stereo audio.
(Source: Rodney/TV Shows on DVD)
Megan Mullally Wins Second Emmy Award (8/29/06)During the 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Megan Mullally was awarded the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her portrayal of Karen Walker on "Will & Grace." This is the second win for Mullally, who also won the award in 2000.
Leslie Jordan Wins Emmy Award (8/20/06)Last night at the Creative Arts Emmy Cermony, Leslie Jordan was awarded the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Beverley Leslie on "Will & Grace." This is his first Emmy nomination and win.
"Will & Grace" receives 9 Emmy Nominations (7/6/06)The nominations were announced this morning for the 2006 Emmy Awards, with "Will & Grace" receiving 9 nominations for its final season. Here are the nominations W&G received:
The complete list can be found at http://www.emmys.org. The 58th Annual Emmy Award Ceremony will be held on August 12, 2006 at the Goldenson Theatre in Los Angeles.
(Source: Rodney B.)
Season 5 Box Set due August 29th (6/1/06)TV Shows on DVD reports that the long-awaited "Will & Grace" Season 5 box set has a tentative release date of August 29th. The box set will run $44.98 (MSRP) and will include themed featurettes and an outtake reel.
(Source: TV Shows on DVD)
Lions Gate to Release Final Episode in May (3/31/06)Lions Gate will release the series finale episode on DVD on May
UPDATE: The DVD release has been pushed back to May 30th.
(Source: TV Shows on DVD)
Britney Spears to Make Appearance on "Will & Grace" (1/31/06)Superstar Britney Spears will make her first primetime television episodic appearance on NBC's "Will & Grace" when she guest-stars as a Christian conservative sidekick to Jack on "Jack Talk" on Thursday, April 13 (8-8:30 p.m. ET). In the episode, when Out TV is bought by a Christian television network, Spears is brought on to be Jack's new religious co-host -- until Will and Jack loosen her up. Spears brings her own additions to the talk show when she decides to do a cooking segment called "Cruci-fixin's."
Sean Hayes wins SAG Award (1/29/06)Congratulations to Sean Hayes for his Screen Actors Guild win for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series. The SAG Awards are the only award show where only actors can vote and only actors receive awards. The 12th Annual SAG Awards ceremony was held on Sunday, January 29, 2006, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.
NBC Announces Series Finale Plans (12/22/05)NBC's groundbreaking, Emmy Award-winning "Will & Grace" will officially conclude its eight-year run on Thursday, May 18 2006 with an hour-long series retrospective followed by a one-hour series finale (9-10 p.m. ET), it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of NBC Entertainment. "It is a bittersweet moment for all of us at NBC to confirm that this will be the final season of the comedy 'Will & Grace'", said Reilly. "For seven years the show assembled one of the finest comedic casts on television, bringing to life the hilarious, groundbreaking scripts from Mutchnick, Kohan and their writing team to create what has truly become one of the classic comedies on television."
Second Live Episode Coming in January (12/17/05)NBC's Emmy Award-winning "Will & Grace" will welcome 2006 with the second live episode of its eighth and final season on Thursday, Jan. 12 (8-8:30 p.m. ET in its new time period) as Karen (Megan Mullally) throws a birthday party -- and ends up staying in the bathroom with her friends for virtually the entire episode. As he did with the season premiere, multiple Emmy-winning director James Burrows will direct the live episode, which is only the series' second in its entire run. As before, two versions will be telecast, one live for the East Coast and one for the West Coast, resulting in different jokes to be used in each separate broadcast. The first show will shoot at 5 p.m. (PT) for the East and again at 8 p.m. (PT) for the West.
NBC Mid-Season Schedule Changes (12/01/05)Beginning January 2006, NBC is changing its Tuesday and Thursday schedules. "Will & Grace" will now lead off NBC's Thursday, followed by "Four Kings" -- which was created by the "W&G" team of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan -- at 8:30 PM. "My Name is Earl" and "The Office" will nove from Tuesdays to fill the 9:00 hour, with "ER" staying put at 10. Tuesday's line up will feature "Fear Factor" at 8:00, followed by back-to-back episodes of "Scrubs" at 9:00, then "Law & Order: SVU" at 10. "Joey" will return after the Winter Olympics, which start on February 10.
(Source: Rodney and Zap2It)
Welcome to the New Server (10/25/05)The server migration has been completed. The new version features downloadable clips in Windows Media WMV format instead of Real Player and Windows Media streams. If you notice any dead links or anything not working, feel free to e-mail me.
Web Server Upgrade Coming Soon (10/22/05)My Web Page is getting ready to move to a new server! The new server will allow for more space and bandwidth for the site at a more economical price. As part of the change the streaming media files will be converted to WMV files, and will available for download instead of streaming. I am also looking into converting the existing Real Media content to WMV as well. The change should happen before the end of the month. If you notice any dead links or anything not working, feel free to e-mail me.
Rob's "Will & Grace" Page Redesign (9/7/05)Rob's "Will & Grace" Web Page has undergone a complete redesign. There are a few color schemes in the works. Use the Change the Theme link to switch styles. I hope you enjoy it. An RSS Feed is also available. If you have any questions about the design, feel free to e-mail me.
"Will & Grace" Lifetime Premiere (9/6/05)Lifetime: Television for Women will begin airing repeats of "Will & Grace" beginning September 19th 2005. To kick off the new addition, tune in on the 19th at 8:00 PM EST/PST for a special show, "Will & Grace: Backstage Pass". Two episodes will be shown each weeknight -- check your local listings for more information. Visit Lifetime's "Will & Grace" website for a trivia challenge and additional information. If you have TiVo, click here to record the Backstage Pass!
(Source: Lifetime TV)
"The Wedding Date" DVD Release (8/3/05)Universal Home Studios is releasing The Wedding Date on DVD and VHS on 8/16/2005. The DVD is available in Full Frame and Widescreen editions and includes deleted scenes, and audio commentary with Debra Messing. Rob's Will & Grace page will be hosting a contest. Click this link for more information!
"Will & Grace" Kicks off 8th Season with Live Premiere (7/22/05)Fresh off its own series record of 15 Emmy Award nominations last week, NBC's Emmy-winning comedy "Will & Grace" will begin its eighth and final season with a live season premiere on Thursday, September 29 (8:30-9 p.m. ET). In the season debut – the series' first live episode -- two versions will be telecast, one live for the East Coast and one for the West Coast, resulting in different jokes to be used in each separate broadcast. The first show will shoot at 5:30 p.m. (PT) for the East coast (to air at 8:30 p.m. ET) and another show will be shot at 8:30 p.m. (PT) for the West coast. The premiere will be directed by multiple Emmy-winning director James Burrows (who again was nominated this season for "Will & Grace"). "This opportunity for a challenging live platform launch for 'Will & Grace' is the perfect way to inaugurate their final season," said Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment. "On the heels of the amazing Emmy nominations that recognized the series' achievement, we think the audience is primed for a memorable first episode and an equally memorable last year."
"Will & Grace" Receives 15 Emmy Nominations (7/14/05)"Will & Grace" received 15 Emmy Award nominations, tying with the new ABC hit "Desperate Housewives" for the season's most nominations. "Will & Grace" received nominiations in all the major categories, with the exception of Debra Messing, who was shut out by three of the "Housewives." The Emmy Awards will be presented on September 18, 2005 at 8:00 PM EST. For a complete listing, click here.
NBC Renews Emmy-Winning Comedy "Will & Grace" (5/3/05)NBC has renewed its Emmy Award-winning comedy "Will & Grace" (Thursdays, 8:30-9 p.m. ET) from NBC Universal Television Studio for an eighth season -- and has named former co-executive producers Gary Janetti, Tracy Poust and Jon Kinnally as new show-running executive producers, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment. "It's incredibly exciting to have this ground-breaking, Emmy-winning comedy back for another season," said Reilly. "We're also thrilled that 'Will & Grace' veterans Janetti, Poust and Kinnally can use their experience with the series to continue the show's critical and popular success." • "It's incredibly exciting to have this ground-breaking, Emmy-winning comedy back for another season," said Reilly. "We're also thrilled that 'Will & Grace' veterans Janetti, Poust and Kinnally can use their experience with the series to continue the show's critical and popular success." • Janetti previously was a co-executive producer and supervising producer on "Will & Grace." Before joining the NBC series three years ago, Janetti developed for 20th Century Fox TV, where he created a pilot for Cheri Oteri. He also spent three seasons on the cult favorite "Family Guy" as a writer, consulting producer and a supervising producer. He also was a producer for the series "The Naked Truth." • Poust and Kinnally -- who write as a team and also served as co-executive producers on the series last season -- began as writers on the comedy's first season and eventually became producers and supervising producers. • "Will & Grace" is averaging a 4.6 rating, 12 share among adults 18-49 and 10.4 million viewers overall for the 2004-05 season through April 17, making it the #3-ranked comedy on television in 18-49. "Will & Grace" is also among the most upscale comedies on any network schedule, delivering higher concentrations of affluent homes in its young-adult audience than all comedies on ABC, CBS and Fox. • To date, the comedy has been nominated for 49 Emmys, 24 Golden Globes, 14 Screen Actors Guild Awards and six People's Choice Awards. Among its 12 Emmy wins, the series won for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2000. In 2002 and 2003, it had more Emmy nominations than any other comedy series. Additionally, it's been nominated for an American Comedy Award, three GLAAD Media Awards and a Founders Award from the Viewers for Quality Television.
(Source: Shane/NBC Press Release)
Presidential Coverage Pre-Empts "Will & Grace" (4/28/05)Coverage of the Presidential Speech has pre-empted "Joey" and "Will & Grace". According to NBC.COM, tonight's episodes have been pushed to next week, 5/5/2005. The remaining episodes' airdates are likely to change as well.
Deal Set for 8th Season of "Will & Grace" (4/25/05)After a lengthy renewal negotiation, NBC and the producers and cast of "Will & Grace" have clasped hands on a deal for an eighth and probably final season of the Emmy-winning comedy series. Contrary to earlier speculation about the actors facing pay cuts, sources said the show's four key cast members -- Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally -- secured significant salary bumps in the one-year deals that were hammered out late Friday. Each of the actors will pocket between $13 million and $15 million for the 2005-06 season, or about $600,000 per episode, compared to fees estimated at $400,000 per-episode this season. NBC has ordered at least 24 new episodes of the NBC Universal-produced series, plus a highlights clip show, probably in anticipation of a series finale in spring 2006. And for the first time since the series debuted in 1998, Mullally and Hayes will be brought up to full paycheck parity with Messing and McCormack, sources said.
NBC Close to Renewal Deal on "Will & Grace" (4/21/05)After months of on-and-off negotiations, NBC and the producers of "Will & Grace" are said to be closing in on an agreement to bring the Emmy-winning sitcom back for another season. Sources said the network is prepared to give the NBC-produced series a full-season order, albeit at a license fee that will be lower than the fees paid this season, estimated to be in the neighborhood of $5 million per episode. The negotiations between NBC and "Will & Grace" creators/executive producers David Kohan and Max Mutchnick were complicated by the fact that Kohan and Mutchnick have a lawsuit pending against NBC claiming that they were shortchanged in the last license fee negotiations on the show. Now that the producers and network appear to be on the same page, the next hurdle is cutting new deals with the show's four stars: Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. Sources said NBC is expected to field a proposal to the actors this week. It's expected that the actors will be asked to take pay cuts as well, given the reduced license fee and the sharp ratings drop that "Will & Grace" has suffered this season along with the rest of NBC's Thursday slate. Representatives for NBC and the other parties involved declined comment.
Multimedia Server Update (4/13/05)The problem uploading new video clips to the Windows Media Server has been resolved. A massive multimedia update has been uploaded. Video clips for episodes 7.09 through 7.13 are now online. You can also access the videos from the master Season 7 Multimedia page. UPDATE: 7.14 through 7.18 are now online as well. Thank you for your patience. Enjoy!
All-Star Line-up for "Will & Grace" finale (3/28/05)Seth Green, Alec Baldwin and Eric Stoltz will guest-star on the two-part season finale of NBC's "Will & Grace," Daily Variety said Wednesday. Green ("Austin Powers") will play a paranoid former child star with a bad temper who steals Jack's (Sean Hayes) idea for a TV talk show. Baldwin will play a businessman who offers Will (Eric McCormack) a high-paying job and Stoltz will play one of Grace's (Debra Messing) former lovers. Former "Who's the Boss" star Danny Pintauro will also appear in the episode, playing himself.
"Will & Grace" renewed for Season 8? (3/18/05)NBC's final schedule for the 2005-06 season won't be announced until May, but the network got a head-start on Thursday March 17, renewing "Crossing Jordan," "Las Vegas" and the freshman comedy "Joey" for another year. In addition, NBC confirmed the rumored renewal of "West Wing" and the two-year extension for "ER," which will keep the medical drama on the air through at least the 2007-08 season. In addition to today's renewals, a number of shows -- including "Scrubs," "Will & Grace," freshman drama "Medium" and the first three "Law & Order" offerings -- had already been picked up for next season.
"John Q Public" is quite unhappy that this news clip is on my web site. He says the news is false. So I write this disclaimer: While Zap2It has reported that the show has been picked up for Season 8, the word is not official until NBC announces their schedule for 2005-2006 (which will hopefully include "Will & Grace"), or until they release a press release regarding the future of "Will & Grace". [UPDATE: SEASON 8 RENEWAL ANNOUNCED ON 4/25/2005.]
(Source: Lyndsay, Zap2It.com)
"Will & Grace" Season 4 Coming in August? (3/12/05)According to TVShowsOnDVD, Lions Gate says to expect the Season 4 DVD set in August. No specific date or details has been given.