Will & Grace’s First Audience Didn’t Realize It Was About A Gay Man

imagesI remember that the opening scene of the pilot where Will and I are on the phone talking about George Clooney on ER and how we both found him handsome. The way it was written was so subtle that they did testing afterwards and half the audience didn’t realize at the end of the pilot that Will was gay. And that was considered a good thing for the show. They wanted the show to have legs and they knew they would have to capture the audience’s heart through the laughter first.”

Debra Messing discussing response to the pilot of her groundbreaking sitcom Will & Grace with Huffington Post Live

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