What happened to the funny on ‘Will & Grace?’


Question: After watching the last two episodes of this season’s revival of Will
& Grace we have just one question: What happened? We’ve heard rumors of fighting between Megan Mullally and Debra Messing, but man, does that mean the show loses its funny? —Sandi

Matt Roush: This whole final season has been a mess, feeling once again like a show that had gone past its prime — which wasn’t the case when the revival started up a few years ago. (In retrospect, returning for one shining season might have been enough.) The dueling baby storylines for Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Messing) aren’t the least bit funny or appealing, and hit its nadir when they competed for a slot at a prestigious pre-school. (When has that plot ever been amusing?) Karen (Mullally) owning a baseball team has added exactly nothing to the mix. I don’t know anything about the so-called feud, though have heard there will be a few episodes in which Karen is altogether MIA. (All things considered, not such a loss.) If I didn’t already have such a history of watching the once- groundbreaking comedy that I feel compelled to follow it to the end, the recent episode in which Grace trashed her sort-of-boyfriend’s apartment after fouling his bathroom was in such poor taste that even my DVR is looking askance at me for keeping this show on the playlist.

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