You may have noticed that there has been no new episodes of Will & Grace for several weeks. No, the series has not been canceled (again!); it is been on a temporary hiatus. But fear not, as this coming Thursday a new, Christmas-themed episode will be released.
And this episode is a little more fantastical, as the show takes place 100 years in the past. In “A Gay Ole Christmas,” Will, Grace, Jack and Karen experience Christmas in New York in the early 20th century.
With the time change comes a few name changes: Will is Billem Van Williams, Grace is Fanny Van Williams, Karen is Karolyn O’Malley and Jack is John Patrick McGee. Billem and Fanny will be married, and Karolyn is a poor woman living in a tenement with John Patrick, a sailor who “has relationships with men only at sea.”
Leslie Jordan even appears as a paperboy. And there's even a subtle nod to Debbie Reynolds in the form of a painting. Reynolds, of course, played Grace’s mother for the sitcom’s first eight seasons.
“It’s an homage to Grace’s mother,” set decorator Peter Gurski said.