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Will & Grace Series Finale Set by NBC for April 23

NBC has announced that the Will & Grace series finale has been set for Thursday, April 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (for real this time!).

Leading into the Will & Grace series finale episode, NBC will air a retrospective special, hosted by Eric McCormack at 8:30 p.m. In the special, McCormack will show clips of past and present episodes that highlight the series’ most iconic and memorable moments.

The retrospective will also feature emotionally-charged reactions from Will & Grace superfans and celebrities who will share stories about what the show has meant to them. The special will cover the litany of guest stars who have appeared as well as the groundbreaking and TV history-making moments the show has created over the years, including the first male-to-male kiss on network television. Elton John and Norman Lear will also make special appearances.

In the Will & Grace series finale, “It’s Time,” with the apartment packed up, Will (Eric McCormack) is determined to not reminisce about his life in the city or his ex, McCoy (guest star Matt Bomer). Grace (Debra Messing), on the verge of giving birth, keeps having false alarms of going into labor.

At the behest of Stan, Karen (Megan Mullally) goes to the top of the Statue of Liberty to get closure with her ex-husband. Jack’s (Sean Hayes) dream of taking a bow on a Broadway stage becomes a very real possibility. Minnie Driver and Brian Jordan Alvarez guest star.

The special I Love Lucy-inspired episode, titled “We Love Lucy,” will air Thursday, April 9 at 9 p.m. The episode features stylized recreations of the classic “Vitameatavegamin,” “Chocolate Factory” and “Grape-Stomping” scenes featured in “I Love Lucy,” with Grace, Karen and Jack each imagine themselves as, with Will as the Ricky to all of them. Lucie Arnaz and Leslie Jordan guest star.

The critically-acclaimed and award-winning series concludes following a remarkable 11-season, 246-episode run over the course of four decades as one of the most influential sitcoms of all time.

Will & Grace has earned an astonishing 91 Emmy Award nominations, 18 Emmy wins (including Outstanding Comedy Series) and seven SAG Awards among dozens of other kudos. In addition, the show is one of the few in TV history where each member of the cast won an Emmy.

Will & Grace stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes. Max Mutchnick and David Kohan write and executive produce. James Burrows directs and executive produces. The show is produced by Universal Television.

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