Will & Grace returned Thursday night after 11 years, and co-star Megan Mullally chose to watch the episode with some of her biggest fans.
Joined by series co-creator Max Mutchnick, Mullally made a surprise appearance at the Abbey for the West Hollywood gay bar’s official Will & Grace viewing party, which was co-sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign.
“It keeps getting better and better and better,” Mullally told the crowd, “so keep coming back every week. Thank you for your support, it means so much to us. We couldn’t do it without you.” She also singled out the LGBT community for their “heartfelt enthusiasm” in an Instagram post.
The actress posed for photos at the Abbey with L.A. drag queen Gert Crawford, who was dressed as Mullally’s martini-swigging character, Karen Walker, complete with a drag Rosario sidekick.
“I had to beg my husband to be Rosario but he did it,” Crawford, a makeup artist and RSVP Vacations entertainer, later wrote on Instagram. “The best part of the night was meeting Megan!!!”
“What a night! Being Rosario has been one of my favorite ’dress up’ nights I’ve done with hubby Gert Crawford,” wrote microblading expert Charles McFadden. “We were approved by Ms. Mullally herself, then all is good!”
“None of us would have ever dreamed in a million years that this would happen, because once a show is over, traditionally, that’s it forever and ever,” Mullally recently told Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on Today, referring to cast mates Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, and Sean Hayes. “So the fact that it came back, to me, it seems that an actual miracle has occurred.”
Mutchnick and fellow series co-creator David Kohan, who have returned as showrunners for the ninth season of the Emmy-winning NBC comedy, were among the honorees earlier this year at the 2017 Logo Trailblazer Honors, a one-hour special celebrating pioneers in the LGBT rights movement.
what an incredible thrill and honor to be @theabbeyweho tonight with my beloved @maxmutchnick just before the premiere #willandgrace. thank you to the lgbtqia community– and to all fans everywhere– for all of your support and heartfelt enthusiasm over the years. we at Will & Grace love you all more than you will ever know ❤️❤️❤️❤️ @nbcwillandgrace 🌷miss you #shellymorrison
Some Will & Grace viewers who presumably weren’t at the Abbey viewing party have complained on social media that the revival’s premiere was too political. One Twitter user described the new episode as “nothing but Trump-bashing.”
Even so, “11 Years Later” averaged a 2.9 rating among adults 18 to 49, and garnered about 10 million viewers, making it one of the biggest winners of the week.