Will & Grace.
ABC may be scared to feature a lead character who's gay, but
NBC is not. And come this fall the new comedy Will & Grace will once
again test whether America is ready for prime-time gays. The series--its
pilot was directed by TV legend James Burrows (Taxi, Cheers)---stars
hunky Eric McCormack (yep, he's not gay) as attorney Will Truman
(yep, he's gay). Debra Messing plays Grace Adler, an interior
designer and Will's best friend. Together they'll explore the
friendship that exists between the sexes when sex doesn't get in
the way. A word of caution: Don't expect Will to wave the rainbow
flag as fiercely as Ellen Morgan did in her final out-and-proud season.
The show's creators have already distanced themselves from Ellen
DeGeneres's canceled series, telling Daily Variety's Army
Archerd, "We have no intention of making the same mistake."