‘Will & Grace’: What’s Next For Debra Messing?

Will & Grace is one of TV’s most iconic shows, and it made Debra Messing — who plays Grace Adler — a household name.

After Will & Grace initially ended in 2006, the series’ enduring popularity allowed it to be revived in 2017. However, it was recently announced that this revival would be short-lived, and the show will soon come to an end.

Now that Will & Grace will be off the air, what other projects is Debra Messing planning on pursuing and when can fans see her again in the future? Find out the answer below.

Why is ‘Will & Grace’ coming to an end?

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NBC Entertainment’s co-chairmen George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy said that, years ago, when the network had “the opportunity to reconnect this amazing cast and creative team, we jumped at the chance.”

The Will & Grace revival was also supposed to be short-lived, though NBC ordered more episodes and seasons. 

However, after much discussions between the cast and crew, it was decided that Will & Grace should wrap up. The show did drop in ratings among the 18-49 demographic, but it did not get canceled; rather, everyone involved simply wanted to end things on a high note.

“We think of the Will & Grace reboot episodes the way Karen Walker thinks of martinis — 51 is not enough, 53 is too many,” the executive producers said in a statement. “That is why, after consulting with the cast, we all have decided this will be the final season of Will & Grace… We have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience twice. And for that, we owe a double debt of gratitude to NBC, this show’s supportive and caring home since day one.”

What has Debra Messing said about ‘Will & Grace’ ending?

Messing has also expressed her gratitude to NBC for allowing the cast and crew to end things on their own terms. She took to social media on July 25 to say:

“We were so lucky to have the opportunity to reunite and do the show AGAIN. It was only supposed to be 10 episodes, but because of you, the fans, it has turned into 3 YEARS. What a miracle. We are all committed to making this season the best ever, and to wrap up the story of Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in a way that feels meaningful and right…We have been spoiled, once again, by brilliant writers and producers, and the best crew in town. I love you all.”

What’s next for Messing after ‘Will & Grace’?

After Will & Grace ended its original run in 2006, Debra Messing went on to appear in a several movies such as Open Season (2006), The Women (2008), and Nothing Like the Holidays (2008). She also starred in three TV shows: The Starter WifeSmash, and The Mysteries of Laura.

It’s not clear what is next for Messing after the finale of the Will & Grace revival, but she does have one film that is currently in post-production. Called Irresistible, the movie is a political satire work produced by Brad Pitt and Jon Stewart. It stars Steve Carell and Rose Byrne, though Messing’s role is still unknown at the moment.

In addition to acting in Hollywood, Messing is also known for being a political activist. She supported Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign and has been known for using her voice to speak out on many different issues. There’s no doubt that she will continue to do this work even after Will & Grace.

In 2009, Messing became a global ambassador for the nonprofit organization PSI. Although PSI does a lot of work in developing countries, Messing is mostly involved with their work concerning HIV/AIDS. She has traveled to countries such as Malawi and Zimbabwe to raise awareness for programs that try to prevent the spread of HIV.

She once said that this is “her soul work,” so it’s likely that Messing will also continue using her fame to support PSI.