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The unique relationship between Will Truman (Eric McCormack) and Grace Adler (Debra Messing) continues to evolve this season in this adult comedy about two best friends and roommates –Will who is gay and Grace who is straight. The two fit together imperfectly in companionship and with mutual respect even as each searches for the ideal romantic mate.

Now entering its fifth season, the Emmy Award-winning series has enjoyed both critical acclaim and ratings success as one of the centerpieces of NBC’s “Must See TV” Thursday lineup. In its most recent season, “Will & Grace” was prime time’s No. 3 show among adults 18-49 and number-two comedy in that category — as well as network television’s most upscale-skewing comedy. The comedy led its time period last season among adults 18-49, defeating “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

In 2000, the series won three Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress (Megan Mullally) and Outstanding Supporting Actor (Sean Hayes). In November 2001, Eric McCormack received an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Once again in 2002 “Will & Grace” received more Emmy nominations than any other comedy series, leading the pack with 13 nominations.

The series also has been honored with a People’s Choice Award as Favorite New Comedy Series, 14 Golden Globe nominations for Best Comedy Series, an American Comedy Award nomination for Funniest Television Series, three GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding TV Comedy Series and a Founders Award from the Viewers for Quality Television.

On the show, Will is a successful Manhattan lawyer — likable, handsome and charming. recently ended a long-term relationship. Likewise, Grace is a beautiful, self-employed interior decorator. They both love fine wine, fashion and shopping. Will and Grace have been friends for a long time, and though they’re both looking for love, they long ago accepted the fact that there will be no romance between them. As a result, they face life’s ups and downs together, knowing they will always have each other to lean on.

Grace’s work life is complicated by her assistant, Karen Walker (Mullally), a wealthy socialite who only bothers to show up at work because it keeps her “down to earth” — and because she likes to tell Grace how to live her life. Will has another good friend in the outrageous Jack McFarland (Hayes), a well-meaning but self-involved young man who comes with a complete matching set of emotional baggage. Shelley Morrison plays Karen’s maid, Rosario, and Michael Angarano plays Elliot, Jack’s son.

Emmy winners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick (NBC’s “Good Morning, Miami”) are the creators. Jeff Greenstein, Jhoni Marchinko and Alex Herschlag serve as executive producers. Multi-Emmy winner James Burrows (NBC’s “Frasier,” “Friends”) is director and executive producer. “Will & Grace” is a production of KoMut Entertainment in association with NBC Studios and Three Sisters Entertainment.


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