Wednesday, October 30, 2019

What I’m Watching: Will and Grace (Season Premiere)

Will and Grace: Season 11, Episode 1 “Eat, Pray, Love, Phone, Sex” (B-)

No one ever accused this show of not being entertaining. The premiere of what’s now been confirmed as the final season of this show (and its third of this iteration) was moved up from midseason when the lackluster “Sunnyside” didn’t take and got pulled from the schedule, and now it’s back to the grind with big bombshells to send this show off in extravagant style. I expected that we would see Reid Scott’s traveling companion again and then thought we wouldn’t after Grace revealed just how many people she fooled around with while she was traveling, but I suspect that the father of her geriatric pregnancy is none other than the man played by the “Veep” and “Why Women Kill” actor. Will’s sudden eagerness to have a baby meant that he was able to be genuinely happy for Grace before Jack and Karen burst in to put a true damper on their news. Estefan manages to match Jack’s antics, defending his horrible cuckoo clock and then gallantly diving down the trash chute after his husband so that they could finish their fight and agree to a new policy of openness. There’s some humor to be gleaned from Karen answering the phone in ways that would surely turn off any potential customer who called in, and while there’s no denying Megan Mullally’s commitment and ability to make the most of any material, that phone sex scene went on a little long. This show should still be fun for the rest of its run even if it runs out of steam.

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