Molly Shannon Is Returning To “Will & Grace”


Hide your music boxes because crazy Val is back.

Variety reports that Molly Shannon is returning to Will & Grace to play Val Bassett, the unstable neighbor of the duo who temporarily became besties with Will (Eric McCormack) in the first season of the sitcom.

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Shannon will make her debut in the second half of the new season, which will air early next year.

When the former Saturday Night Live cast member was asked on Watch What Happens Live back in August if she would be returning for the Will & Grace revival she said she would “love to a part of it” if they asked her.

“I’m still really close to Megan [Mullally] and Sean [Hayes], but I haven’t been asked yet.”

Shannon is just the latest guest star from the original run of the series to return for the sitcom’s revival. Harry Connick Jr, Bobby Cannavale, Leslie Jordan and Minnie Driver are some of the familiar faces that are popping up this season.

Shannon ultimately ended up appearing in five episodes of Will & Grace, the last being the Season 7 episode “One Gay At A Time,” where Grace (Debra Messing) accidentally attends a AA meeting and runs into Val there, where it’s revealed she’s a recovering alcoholic.

We can only imagine what she has been up to in the years since we last saw her, but we’re sure Val can’t wait to insert herself into Will and Grace’s lives pronto.

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