Will & Grace - Season 8

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Overview

Will and Grace was supposed to have been cancelled at the end of its seventh season, but somehow managed to hang on for an eighth and final year. To improve its flagging ratings (the series had dropped from ninth place in 2001 to a miserable 61 five years later), NBC moved the show to a new timeslot, sequestered among the network's most successful sitcom offerings. As a ratings gimmick, two of the episodes--including the season opener--were telecast "live," a ploy that had worked wonders for such previous ...
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Overview

Will and Grace was supposed to have been cancelled at the end of its seventh season, but somehow managed to hang on for an eighth and final year. To improve its flagging ratings (the series had dropped from ninth place in 2001 to a miserable 61 five years later), NBC moved the show to a new timeslot, sequestered among the network's most successful sitcom offerings. As a ratings gimmick, two of the episodes--including the season opener--were telecast "live," a ploy that had worked wonders for such previous offerings as ER and Drew Carey. The festivities begin as gay attorney Will (Eric McCormack) tries to keep the snobbish but emotionally fragile Karen (Megan Mullally) from finding out that her wealthy ex-husband Stan, believed dead, is actually still among the living. At the same time, Will's erstwhile straight roommate Grace (Debra Messing) toys with the possibility of compromising her values by beginning an affair with her old flame Tom (Eric Stolz), who happens to be married. Also, Will's flamboyantly gay pal Jack (Sean Hayes) launches the latest phase of his checkered showbiz career as host of his own TV series, "Jack Talk." This last-mentioned device seems to have been contrived purely for the purpose of spotlighting Season Eight's most highly publicized celebrity guest star Britney Spears, gloriously miscast as an ultra-right-winger with whom Jack is forcibly teamed on the air. Other well-known actors passing through during this season are Andy Richter as one of Grace's blind dates, Richard Chamberlain as an elderly homosexual whom an altruistic Will "adopts," and Debbie Reynolds, who after a long absence returns as Grace's overbearing mother. This is also the year in which Will enters into a new romance with James Hanson (Taye Biggs), whom he meets at a Sound of Music singalong, and with whom he shares his first serious onscreen kiss (a piquant moment which, like the Britney Spears appearance, was noisily overhyped by the NBC publicity department). Though Will eventually returns to his police-officer boyfriend Vince (Bobby Cannavelle), Grace generously offers to marry the foreign-born James so he won't be deported--only to discover on the eve of the wedding that she is pregnant, the result of a one-night stand with her ex-husband Leo (Harry Connick Jr.! Likewise receiving a visit from Mr. Stork are Will and Vince, the proud parents of baby Ben--actually the issue of a most surprising sperm donor. Season Eight's various and sundry loose plot strands are neatly wrapped up in the series' now-famous final episode, set twenty years in the future. Though Will & Grace was clearly on its last legs, the series still managed win two more Emmy awards, making a total of sixteen. The lucky recipients this year were supporting actors Megan Mullally and Leslie Jordan, the latter cast as Karen's perennial adversary, closeted Republican Beverly Leslie.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; The Final Bow; The Last Words: interviews with the cast; Season 7 outtake reel; Themed featurettes; Audio commentary with David Kohan, Max Mutchnick, James Burrows and Eric McCormack
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/2008
  • UPC: 031398101178
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  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 8:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,141

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Disc #1 -- Will & Grace: Season Eight
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   Episode Selections
      Alive and Schticking
      I Second That Emotion
      The Old Man and the Sea
      Steams Like Old Times
      The Hole Truth
      Love Is in the Airplane
      Birds of a Feather Boa
Disc #2 -- Will & Grace: Season Eight
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   Episode Selections
      Swish Out of Water
      A Little Christmas Queer
      Von Trapped
      Bathroom Humor
      Forbidden Fruit
      Cop to It
      I Love L. Gay
Disc #3 -- Will & Grace: Season Eight
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   Episode Selections
      The Definition of Marriage
      Grace Expectations
      Cowboys and Iranians
      Buy Buy Baby
      Blanket Apology
      The Mourning Son
      Partners 'N' Crime
Disc #4 -- Will & Grace: Season Eight
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   Episode Selections
      Whatever Happened to Baby Gin?
      The Finale - Play With Commentary by David Kohan, Max Mutchnick, James Burrows & Eric McCormack: On/Off
   Special Features
      The Final Bow
      The Last Words: Interview With Cast
      Themed Featurettes
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         For Love or Money
         Out & About
         9 to 5ish
         Pop Goes the Culture
         A Rose by Any Other Name
         Enter Stage Left
         Fashion Quips
         Rank & File
         It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Joke Is Told
         That's Called a Macaroon
         Some People Say "Thank You"
         Lie, Cheat and Steal
      Blooper Reel
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WAG... Will and Grace season 8 extraodinaire!

    I watched my first episode of Will and Grace about 7 years ago and never stopped watching since then! I automatically fell in love with the cast and became emotionally attached to the series. I bought every season as soon as they came out on DVD and the one that I waited most for was season 8. And it was worth the wait!!! Like the other seasons, it made me laugh, cry and wish that it was not the last season! The episodes that are filmed LIVE are HILARIOUS! I could not stop laughing! I ordered season 8 as soon as it was released and received it two days later. The shipping was efficient and fast! I have owned the season less than a week and I have already watched all of the episodes! Also, the interviews provided in the special features are heart warming and touching. The bloopers are always one of my favorites and they did not let me down! I would encourage anyone to purchase this product and guarantee you will not regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious!!

    Timeless and too funny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Will and Grace

    Funny, witty, but at the end displayed more political accent than I wished to see in the entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Will & Grace Season 8

    I've long admired Will & Grace since it aired 8 years ago. It was nice to finally see a network take on the gay theme. It was also good to finally see Will's character take his first on air kiss in season 8. I'm a big fan of the show and own all 8 seasons plus the final seperate cutain call dvd.

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