Published: January 17, 2003
preview / download BURBANK, Calif. — January 17, 2003 — Film and entertainment stars Madonna, Demi Moore (Charlies Angels: Full Throttle), (Ghost), Oscar nominee Minnie Driver (Good Will Hunting, Return to Me) will each make a rare television appearance when they guest-star in separate episodes in February and May of NBCs Emmy Award-winning Will & Grace (Thursdays, 9-9:30 p.m. ET), it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, President, NBC Entertainment.
Were thrilled these three major entertainment stars will be showcased on Will & Grace, said Zucker. This again demonstrates how this series attracts the high-profile stars who are seldom seen outside the big screen.
Madonna will make her episodic television debut in an episode for May; more information on the storyline will be announced later.
Moore will play Jacks (Sean Hayes) former babysitter who re-encounters him in the episode Women and Children First, due to be telecast in February.
Driver portrays a bawdy woman who is romancing Stan – Karens (Megan Mullally) former husband – but when she befriends Jack (Sean Hayes), Karen is livid with rage in the episode Homojo for broadcast in February.
The iconic Madonna – a true multi-media star – first burst onto the scene in the early 1980s with her hit debut solo album Madonna, and she followed up with more chart-topping albums such as Like a Virgin, True Blue, Like a Prayer, Bedtime Stories, Evita and Ray of Light, among others, which combined have sold over 153 million copies worldwide. She recently sang the title song for the James Bond feature film Die Another Day, and she has appeared herself in such features as Evita, Dick Tracy, A League of Their Own, Shadows and Fog, Desperately Seeking Susan and the musical documentary, Truth or Dare.
After a stint on General Hospital. Moore first drew major attention for her role in the feature film St. Elmos Fire. She followed up with Were No Angels (opposite Robert De Niro) and further increased her profile with her work in Ghost in 1990. Her other films include The Butchers Wife, A Few Good Men, Indecent Proposal, Disclosure, The Juror, Striptease, G.I. Jane and Deconstructing Harry, and she will be seen in the upcoming Charlies Angels: Full Throttle.
The London-born Driver appeared in many British television productions before international audiences discovered her in the 1997 feature films Grosse Pointe Blank and Good Will Hunting (for which she was Oscar nominated as Best Supporting Actress). She also starred on the big screen in Circle of Friends (with Chris ODonnell), The Governess, Sleepers, Beautiful, Tarzan (voicing Jane, the female lead) and the upcoming Hope Springs.
Last fall, NBC announced an exclusive development deal with Driver for her to star in a new comedy or drama series.
David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are the creators and executive producers of “Will & Grace.” James Burrows is director and executive producer. Jeff Greenstein and Jhoni Marchinko are executive producers and showrunners. “Will & Grace” is a production of KoMut Entertainment in association with NBC studios/Three Sisters Entertainment.
Jamie French, NBC Entertainment Publicity, 818/840-6587