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'Will & Grace' audience 'didn't realise it was about gay man'

2014-05-01
Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 21.41.18Will & Grace actress Debra Messing has revealed that some of the show's first viewers didn't realise that the show was about a gay man. Messing - who played the eponymous Grace for eight seasons - explained that focus groups who watched the show's 1998 pilot episode didn't realise Will was gay. She told Huffington Post Live: "I remember the opening scene of the pilot, when Will and I are on the phone talking about George Clooney and how we both find him handsome, the way it was written was so subtle. "They did testing afterwards, and half the audience didn't realise after the pilot that Will was gay." Eric McCormack played Will Truman on the NBC comedy, which also starred Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally. Messing explained that the subtlety of Will's sexuality was "considered a good thing for the show" by NBC bosses. "Part of me was like, 'How could you not know?'" she said. "To me it's so obvious in the writing. But the point being that they [NBC] wanted this show to have legs and they knew they would have to capture the audience's heart through laughter first." NBC recently denied that there are a plans for Will & Grace reunion special, but didn't rule out the possibility of such a project in the future. > ‘Orange Is the New Black’: Watch first scene from season two > Laverne Cox to present US TV show about trans youth