Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve already heard the most cheerful news our nation has received this year: Will & Grace is back on air after an 11-year hiatus. And not only that, it's been greenlit for season 2. So, in honor of this epic revival season, we rounded up 50 under-the-radar facts you never knew about the show. Check them out, below, including a few spoilers for the season(s) to come.
Before coming out in college, Mutchnick dated Janet Eisenberg and the two remained close friends.
Producers had their hearts set on casting Messing, who, at the time, was starring in Prey. “They poured me several shots, we spoke for several hours and they pitched me the show,” Messing told New York Daily News. “I’m a lightweight. I didn’t need much to be a little giddy." The next day, Messing accepted.
NBC decided they were more interested in a show about the supporting characters.
Mullally was hesitant to audition for Karen—she felt the role was too familiar. “[Then] I looked at it again and thought I could put sort of a new twist on it, where it would be quirky and different. So I went back in and I got the part,” she told the A.V. Club.
The actress is rumored to have almost played the role of Carrie.
Will & Grace scripts, footage, and props were on display in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as part of an LGBTQ collection.
Offerman, Mullally’s then-boyfriend, now-husband, lost out to Woody Harrelson. He did make a cameo, though, as a plumber in season four’s Thanksgiving episode.
McCormack, Messing, Hayes, and Mullally received matching cars. “You can’t imagine how mind-fucked we were. It was awesome,” said Mullally.
166 guest stars, to be exact.
“They flew her in. Like, she was sort of dropped in on a crescent moon, she did the scene, and was, like, airlifted back out,” Mullally told Entertainment Weekly.
“She liked Sean. She invited him to go to her castle in Italy, and he was like ‘nah’,” Mullally told Jimmy Kimmel.
The prototype was made by Mattel.
But, after Friends’ spinoff Joey performed poorly, NBC scrapped the idea.
The Megan Mullally Show aired from 2006-2007.
In turn, Grace didn’t appear in five episodes.
Hayes and Mullally were paid slightly less.
It includes a curation of songs that were featured on the show, like hits from Jennifer Lopez and Cher.
Initially, Mutchnick only approached the cast about a 10-minute, election-themed skit.
McCormack, Messing, Hayes, and Mullally were immediately in.
And even after the first table read, the network signed on for a second season.
“I would still be doing it from 2006. It was a no-brainer. Everything made me want to come back,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
“It allows dating. He’s comfortable with himself as an older gay man,” McCormack said of his character.
“The only thing that I asked for was that Grace be a feminist,” she explained.
“I”m old. My character’s old. We have to address what technology has done for people in middle age and how we use it and don’t know how to use it,” McCormack explained.