She's back

Guess which ‘Will & Grace’ fan favorite is about to return with a vengeance?

Are you ready for more Val? We’ll take that as a “yes.”

Molly Shannon is confirmed to be returning to Will & Grace as Val Bassett, the mentally unhinged neighbor who befriended Will in Season 1.

Her original arc consisted of five episodes, culminating in Grace unwittingly attending an AA meeting and running into the daffy dear.

From the first photograph taken from the latest episode, poor Val is still several sequins short of a Pride parade.

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Talking to  TV Line, the show’s co-creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan said “2018 promises to be a year marked by unmoored insanity, and it’s in that spirit we’ve asked the divine Molly Shannon to be part of the second half of our first season back.”

Back in August, Shannon stopped by Watch What Happens Live and said she’d “love to be a part of” the reunion, if they’d have her.

“I’m still really close to Megan [Mullally] and Sean [Hayes],” she said, “but I haven’t been asked yet.”


Shannon joins the likes of other fan favorites who’ve returned to the show: Harry Connick Jr, Bobby Cannavale, Leslie Jordan and Minnie Driver.

The SNL alum will appear in an episode after the series returns in January.

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12 Comments

  • Terrycloth

    I didn’t not like Molly Shandon on SNL I didn’t care for her super annoying character on W&G..of all the people to bring back…why not bring back Cher , or Madonna , Elton John .there’s a lot of others I’d much rather see.

    • nitejonboy

      why ? Because they’re gay icons ? I love Shannon’s subversive humor. She’s just what that show needs.

    • Brian

      I have adored Madonna since Borderline came out. However, her episode of Will and Grace was probably the worst acting I’ve ever seen her do, and that’s saying something.

    • Greg

      She was funny on Will & Grace. Especially when she interacted with Grace.

  • stevetalbert

    Was Leslie Jordan a ghost? I thought he blow off his balcony?

  • stevetalbert

    And are will and graces kids still in college? They look like they have had some work given how old they would be by now.

    • Greg

      Didn’t you see the first episode? They did away with the previous series finale.

  • zoomlens

    Molly Shannon is just annoying and never funny. If she has a significant role in five episodes the show may become unwatchable. Why bring her back when they’ve done so little with Jack and Karen?

  • Knight

    ugh! Molly Shannon was NOT a “fan favorite” for anyone I knew (myself included).

    I hope they bring back the annoying straight couple…THEY were always hilarious as the clueless, aging friends who settled in life.

    • Terrycloth

      Agree .Molly Shannon was obnoxious and annoying . Some liked her I found I wanted to change the channel…bring back the straight couple and a few surprising cameos… the writing is still top notch..

    • lykeitiz

      Could not agree more about the straight couple……….Rob & Ellen! They were hilarious! Especially when she got pregnant and really, really bitchy. I haven’t heard anyone mention bringing them back, but they’ve always been on my mind when I see these articles.

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