programming note

Debra Messing To Star In Will & Grace 2, Basically

The new hour-long NBC drama Debra Messing has signed on to will — surprise, surprise — have her starring opposite a gay character. Only Smash one won’t be an uptight white collar attorney: Messing’s Julia will play a Broadway lyricist tasked with bringing a Marilyn Monroe=like musical to the stage, with gay composer Tom playing the foil. So far it’s just in the pilot stage, though with Steven Spielberg producing, it’s already got a leg up. Picture lots of big theatrical numbers, like Glee, but even more diva-y. (Okay, don’t tell anyone, but I’m cautiously thrilled to see where this goes.)