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Television / LGBT PopWrapped | Television

Early Focus Groups Didn't Know 'Will & Grace' Lead Was Playing Gay, Shock Ensues

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05/04/2014 11:54 am
PopWrapped | Television
Early Focus Groups Didn't Know 'Will & Grace' Lead Was Playing Gay, Shock Ensues
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Jayden Sheppard


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Got your shocked faces ready, PopWrappers? Some early viewers of Will & Grace may not have been paying as much attention as they should have been. Debra Messing, who played Grace on the show for eight years, revealed recently that some of the viewers in the focus groups who watched the pilot all the way back in 1998, didn't realize Will was gay. *insert shocked face here* As she tells Huffington Post Live, it was extremely clear in the dialog of the opening scene. “I remember the opening scene of the pilot, when Will and I are on the phone talking about George Clooney and how we both find him handsome, the way it was written was so subtle.” More than half of the audience in the focus group didn't realize that Will, played by Eric McCormack, was gay. This was a good thing according to NBC bosses, as they wanted the show to stand a chance, in a much different television climate of 1998. Recently there has been talk of a reunion of the four stars, McCormack, Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally. While NBC said there are no current plans, they didn't completely rule out the chance of one in the future. *FINGERS CROSSED!*

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