Snap judgment: 'Will & Grace' Live!

Will_l1I’m not exactly sad that Will & Grace is entering its final season; the show is creatively played out, without any fresh territory left to explore. Still, its four stars, under James Burrows’ direction, are as nimble a group of farceurs as any ever on television, and it was nice to see in last night’s season opener that they could even pull it off live. There were only a couple cringe-worthy moments, when Debra Messing (near left, with costar Eric McCormack) and Sean Hayes nearly failed to rein in their cases of the giggles, but otherwise no disasters. (In fact, the show went off so smoothly that Associated Press critic Frazier Moore was disappointed. Schadenfreude much?)

Anyone else see this episode? Anyone still watching this show?


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  • Jai

    The neat part of the show was watching both editions and seeing how the slightest change in rhythm can throw a laugh. In the East coast edition, when Will tells Grace that Stan is alive, the beat on Grace gets a huge laugh. In the West coast edition, the line is said too speedily and the reveal on Grace drew the sound of crickets. Also, lines that were tweaked were either good: (Malcolm’s West coast “Don’t wait up” is much better than East coast “Ciao!”) or bad: (“You don’t bring a gay man ice cream sandwiches. Maybe, ice cream sandwiches-scented candles.” THUD.). The ability of the cast to get laughs really shows their talent. I’d like to see the cast of “Still Standing” or “Yes, Dear” pull this off.

  • maria

    Don’t knock the Yes, Dear. That show is hilarious!

  • kj

    i’ve been off the show for a few years now, but i tuned in to the live episode. it wasn’t bad. alec baldwin was the best thing about it…hands down.

  • brandonk

    I’d love to watch Will & Grace, I really would, but like Survivor and Everybody Hates Chris, it’s been knocked out of my schedule by the fact that there are way too many shows I like on at 8 on Thursdays!!! I am slighted more devoted to Smallville and Alias, so those are what I watch and record. :0(

  • eric

    Many of these people have done live theatre so its interesting that “going live” was such a big deal. It was a fun episode though – mainly because Alec Baldwin’s character was such a goof (in the good way of course).

  • Ed

    Why is everyone knocking Will & Grace? Especially EW? This is a great show and it still is FUNNY!
    That’s why great shows like The Comeback get cancelled cause magazines like EW tear them down; later they’re left wondering why is this show being cancelled? Dah!

  • Frank

    I thought the live show was great. The very “Carol Burnett Show” moments when they would start to lose it were hilarious. “Will and Grace” is on my must see list this new T.V. Season.

  • Renato

    I did like the live episode (and the gags only made me like even more), but it still isn’t enough to make me wanna come back. The show lost itself completly the past season. There’s really nowhere else to go (why do you think they brought Stan back to life? Dah!).
    And you really thought all that about Alec Baldwin’s performance? Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a fine comedic actor, but don’t like him in Will & Grace. He’s too over the top.

  • Paul

    It was very funny. The scenes where they almost lost it added to the fun. Glad it is still on the air – never left it. I thought last season was very funny and deserved the Emmy nominations.

  • Esther Kustanowitz

    I think a live show is a great idea/gimmick; gives the TV performers the chance to understand (or reconnect with) how stage actors feel when they have to deliver their lines in a linear, consecutive manner. It had a totally different feel. But I also felt the writers pandered to that, to try to incorporate more one-linery type jokes. I like Alec Baldwin in live TV (ah, Glenhilly!) but that whole “Tom Delay” section of his discussion with Will in the hall was cartoonish and ri-di-cu-lous. Next time, they should just give him a sledgehammer and have him conk Will over the head with it, because that would be more subtle.

  • Christian Grant

    I just started getting into “Will & Grace!” I really like it! I’ve seen both the old and the new episodes and I ca’t tell the differene. Though I agree that when Debra Messing was gone some of the magic was gone too. But I’m watching the show!
    I can’t always see it on Thursdays because I work, but I saw the Live W&G Show! I thought it was funny especially when Sean and Debra started laughing!

  • Shy

    I still think that the SHow is Funny, well i agree that maybe in the past few seasons the writings were BAD.. but i still think that the actors were great.., and when finnally the last 2 episodes came out ( love in the plane, and the next one after that), those were hillarious, but this once were the recent ones, so i think that MAYBE….NBC hired the old writers back, not to mention that they fired the writers that made the show Funny.
    well i am glad that its back to being funny.. thats all

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