or


[01/22/06 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Makes It Official as Emmy-Winning "Will & Grace" Will Conclude Eight-Year Series Run with Memorable Finale on May 18 with One-Hour Retrospective and Hour-Long Final Episode

[via press release from NBC]

NBC MAKES IT OFFICIAL AS EMMY-WINNING "WILL & GRACE" WILL CONCLUDE EIGHT-YEAR SERIES RUN WITH MEMORABLE FINALE ON MAY 18 WITH ONE-HOUR RETROSPECTIVE AND HOUR-LONG FINAL EPISODE

BURBANK, Calif. -- January 22, 2006 -- NBC's groundbreaking, Emmy Award-winning "Will & Grace" (Thursdays, 8-8:30 p.m. ET) will officially conclude its eight-year run on Thursday, May 18 with an hour-long series retrospective (8-9 p.m. ET) followed by a one-hour series finale (9-10 p.m. ET), it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment.

"It is a bittersweet moment for all of us at NBC to confirm that this will be the final season of the comedy 'Will & Grace", said Reilly. "For seven years the show assembled one of the finest comedic casts on television, bringing to life the hilarious, groundbreaking scripts from Mutchnick, Kohan and their writing team to create what has truly become one of the classic comedies on television."

The comedy series has been averaging a 4.0 rating, 11 share among adults 18-49 and 8.8 million viewers overall in the first two weeks since its January 5 switch to the 8 p.m. half-hour on Thursdays nights. In those two weeks, "Will & Grace" has lifted NBC 38 percent above its 18-49 season average in the time period (with a 4.0 rating vs. a 2.9). On January 12, the second "Will & Grace" live episode of the season generated NBC's highest 18-49 rating in the time period since Feb. 10, 2005.

"Will & Grace" is also primetime's most upscale half-hour comedy in the show's concentration of homes with $100,000-plus incomes in its 18-49 audience.

To date, "Will & Grace" has been nominated for 73 Emmys, 27 Golden Globes, 19 Screen Actors Guild Awards and 12 People's Choice Awards. Among its 14 Emmy wins, the series won for Outstanding Comedy Series in 2000. In 2002 and 2003, it had more Emmy nominations than any other comedy series. Plus, in 2005 "Will & Grace" was tied as one of the most-nominated series and also scored its highest number of Emmy nominations in a single year with 15.

"Will & Grace" has also won eight GLAAD Media Awards, two TV Guide Awards, and one Directors Guild Award. Additionally, the show has been nominated for six American Comedy Awards, seven Television Critics Association Awards, and five Producers Guild Awards.

James Burrows, one of the series' executive producers, was nominated earlier this month for a Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy for the episode "Alive and Schticking."

Starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally, the show continues to focus on the bizarre but abiding friendships between four Manhattan friends -- Will Truman (McCormack), Grace Adler (Messing), Jack McFarland (Hayes) and Karen Walker (Mullally).

Emmy winners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are the creators and executive producers. Gary Janetti, Tracy Poust, Jon Kinnally, and Tim Kaiser serve as executive producers and showrunners. Multi-Emmy winner Burrows (NBC's "Frasier," "Friends") is director and executive producer. "Will & Grace" is a production of KoMut Entertainment in association with NBC Universal Studios and Three Sisters Entertainment.





  [january 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S


· FRASIER (NBC)
· FRIENDS (NBC)
· WILL & GRACE (NBC)





[12/04/16 - 09:02 AM]
Saturday's Broadcast Ratings: FOX Holds Off ABC in College Football Showdown
The network wins the night in both total viewers and adults 18-49.

[12/04/16 - 08:55 AM]
"Saturday Night Live" Grows Versus the Year-Ago Night
NBC spins the numbers for Saturday, December 3.

[12/03/16 - 02:11 PM]
Hallelujah! Netflix Confirms Launch Dates for "Sense8": A Christmas Special and Season Two
Look for "A Christmas Special" on Friday, December 23 followed by season two on Friday, May 5.

[12/03/16 - 08:45 AM]
Friday's Broadcast Ratings: College Football Sparks Demo Victory for FOX
The network leads the night among adults 18-49 while CBS is the most-watched broadcaster.

[12/03/16 - 08:38 AM]
ABC Earns Its Most Watched Friday This Season with "20/20" Spiking Over 50% to Season Highs
ABC spins the numbers for Friday, December 2.

[12/03/16 - 08:37 AM]
New Season Highs for "Dateline"; "Caught on Camera" Captures Its Top Total-Viewer Result Since February
NBC spins the numbers for Friday, December 2.

[12/02/16 - 03:09 PM]
Science Channel Delivers Double-Digit Primetime and Total Day Increases Across Key Demos Including Adults 25-54 and Total Viewership in November
Science Channel further spins the numbers for the month of November.

[12/02/16 - 01:03 PM]
"Saturday Night Live" Celebrates the Holiday Season with Three Back-to-Back Shows
John Cena and Casey Affleck will follow the previously announced Emma Stone.

[12/02/16 - 01:03 PM]
Animal Planet Highlights One Organization's Mission to Protect and Rescue Animals in New Series "The Guardians"
In this all-new series, Animal Planet introduces this volunteer-run organization called Guardians of Rescue and follows its quest to help any animal in need - anywhere, anytime.

[12/02/16 - 12:00 PM]
Beloved Actress Betty White to Be "Young & Hungry" with a Guest Star Role on Freeform's Original Comedy
White will play Ms. Wilson, Gabi's neighbor who she encounters after a misunderstanding with Josh leaves Gabi confused about what to do.

[12/02/16 - 11:38 AM]
"DC's Legends of Tomorrow" Hits Series Highs in The CW's #DCWeek Finale
The CW spins the numbers for Thursday, December 1.

[12/02/16 - 11:28 AM]
E!'s New Docu-Series "So Cosmo" - Set at the Glamorous Epi-center of Pop Culture, Cosmopolitan Magazine - Premieres Wed., Feb. 8 at 8 PM ET/PT
Plus: look for a preview special on Tuesday, December 20 at 8:00/7:00c.

[12/02/16 - 11:01 AM]
Production Underway on Investigation Discovery's First Movie, "Dating Game Killer," Starring Guillermo Diaz as Serial Killer Rodney Alcala
Carrie Preston and Robert Knepper also star in the project, which is set to premiere in early 2017.

[12/02/16 - 11:00 AM]
Freeform Shares Their Holiday Spirit with Annual Gift-giving Initiative Pop Up Santa and Holiday-themed Shorts "Funny Or Die Presents Santa's Shorts"
All of these jolly holiday moments can be seen during "25 Days of Christmas" airing December 1 - 25, on the Freeform app and on 25DaysofChristmasTV.com.

[12/02/16 - 10:44 AM]
TBS Heads into "Final Space" with New Animated Comedy from Olan Rogers
Part of TBS's continued push into animation, "Final Space" is a serialized intergalactic space saga about an astronaut named Gary and his adorable, planet-destroying friend, Mooncake.