Now in its final season, the cast of Will & Grace have revealed the show will pay tribute to iconic US sitcom I Love Lucy in a forthcoming episode scheduled to air in the spring.
Debra Messing (Grace) posted a selfie to her Facebook page that she took when she had been made over to resemble Lucy (Lucille Ball).
“I can’t wait until you see all the mind-blowing work done by Costumes, Sets & Set Dressing, Props, et al when it airs next spring.”
Entertainment Weekly revealed that the episode will feature three dream sequences in which Grace (Messing), Jack (Sean Hayes), and Karen (Megan Mullally) all get to play the part of Lucy in “re-imagined versions of iconic scenes from the original series.” Erick McCormack will play Ricky Ricardo in each.
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The cast will recreate some of I Love Lucy’s most famous moments, with Messing in the “Vitameatavegamin” scene, Mullally in the grape-stomping scene, and Hayes on the chocolate factory conveyor belt.
Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, will make a cameo in the chocolate factory scene.
“I know my parents would be over the moon to be honored in this way and by such similar talents who bring the same kind of joy to audiences as they did in I Love Lucy, said Arnaz in a statement. “I’m thrilled to be invited to the party and will do my best to honor the memory of Elvia Allman’s iconic performance.”
Sean Hayes posted to Instagram: “Break out the Vitameatavegamin! We are doing a special “I Love Lucy” themed episode!”
I Love Lucy ran from 1951 to 1957 and is regarded as one of TV’s most beloved sitcoms. It ran produced 180 episodes and was the most-watched show in the US for four of its seasons.