From the sounds of things, maybe this season is as good a time as any to wrap up the return of NBC's Will & Grace. Amid rumors of on-set tension between Megan Mullally and co-star Debra Messing, TV Line reported exclusively that Mullally recently took a "temporary leave of absence"from filming the series' final 18 episodes. While an official reason for her time away has not been released, her character Karen is expected to be absent from two episodes (which would air later in the season).
Apparently, the warning signs of building tensions among the cast began earlier this year – and because it's 2019, it start on social media. Fans brought to light the fact that Mullally and Messing had stopped following each other on Instagram and were rarely seen together in the show's social media posts (and apparently Mullally also unfollowed co-star Sean Hayes).
Yes, it does sound like an upcoming episode…
For Mullally's part, she proved herself a series team player by promoting Thursday night's 11th season premiere with a personal on-set video – possibly as a little push-back to the reports? Hmmm…
That's right, honey! A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy's most fabulous foursome is back. Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their celebrated roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen. The third and final season of "Will & Grace" will feature 18 episodes and premiere Thursday, Oct. 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Behold once again, from the minds of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, TV's wittiest ensemble ever. The legendary James Burrows, director of every original "Will & Grace" episode, has returned with a slew of razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis.
"Will & Grace" returned to NBC on Sept. 28, 2017 and stands as the network's most-watched comedy in seven years. Originally debuting in 1998 and cementing its place in the cultural zeitgeist among critics and fans alike, "Will & Grace" has been nominated for 91 Emmy Awards, winning 18 of them, including Outstanding Comedy Series. The series has also earned seven SAG Awards among dozens of other kudos, and the show is one of the few in TV history where each member of the cast won an Emmy.
Max Mutchnick and David Kohan write and executive produce. James Burrows directs and executive produces. "Will & Grace" is produced by Universal Television.