- Will & Grace was a very popular American sitcom
- The show pioneered many political issues including gay rights issues
Eric McCormack wasn't the only actor ready for the role of Will; John Barrowman (who later starred in Desperate Housewives) was first considered by FOX, but he didn't get the part because he was "too straight." Barrowman is gay in real life, while McCormack is actually straight.
Great Television Always Breaks New Ground
Similarly, Debra Messing was not the only actress being considered for the role of Grace. Did you know that actresses Nicolette Sheridan and Alexis Arquette were also taken into account? Over the course of its eight-year run, Will & Grace won a total of 16 Emmy Awards, including Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Comedy Series to boot.
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