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The 1 crucial demand Debra Messing made before agreeing to return to ‘Will & Grace’ revival

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: Debra Messing attends the Tribeca TV Festival exclusive celebration for Will & Grace at Cinepolis Chelsea on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Tribeca TV Festival)

A revival of the popular NBC series Will & Grace, a sitcom that was seen as groundbreaking for the depiction of its gay principal characters, is set to make its much-anticipated premiere this week. Before agreeing to join the revival, however, Debra Messing — who plays Grace in the series — had just one crucial demand she needed met before agreeing to do the show. “The only thing that I asked for was that Grace be a feminist,” she said at the inaugural Tribeca TV Festival on Saturday. Talking about how the show would be different from the original series, which ran from 1998 through 2006. Messing said the creative people behind the show wanted to make sure they are representing society as it is right now. “Back then, LGB, we stopped at B. And now 11 years later, the conversation has expanded. There’s T, A, I, and gender fluidity and there are all these things that are now finally being celebrated in our culture,” she said. “The thing we all committed to one another was that we’re going to be the show that we always were. We’re going to talk about what’s happening now.”

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