NBC ropes in 'Will & Grace' star Mullally to host talk show

MUMBAI: Will & Grace star Megan Mullally has been roped in by NBC Universal Television Distribution to host a nationally syndicated talk show. The daily one-hour show will originate from Los Angeles and is set to debut in August next year.

The announcement was made by NBC Universal Television Group president Jeff Zucker.

"Megan is a fantastic performer. A great actor and a great communicator, as all of her fans know. Those skills will make her a great new addition to the daytime playing field. And I could not be more excited to have Megan still on the team," said Zucker.

"Megan was destined to have her own daily show. Some of her most memorable and funny moments have recently come from her guest appearances on talk shows and hosting shows like Saturday Night Live and The Late Show with David Letterman. This new platform will allow her to showcase her myriad talents on a daily basis," said NBC Universal Television Distribution executive vice president Frederick Huntsberry.

Mullally, on the other hand exclaimed, "Im hosting a what? Oh, okay. Well, if I am, I want it to be different and I want the viewers to play an active role and actually get something out of watching it. I think it will be fun. Jeff Zucker is going to play drums in the band."

Mullally appears as socialite Karen Walker on Will & Grace, which was just renewed for the 2005-2006 season. She has won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series (2000), an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series (2001), and three Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor is a Comedy Series (2002-04).

Other shows that Mullally has starred in are The Ellen Burstyn Show, My Life and Times and Rachel Gunn, R.N. She also appeared as a guest star on series such as Seinfeld, Frasier, Just Shoot Me! and China Beach, among others.

Besides her TV job, Mullally is also the lead singer and founder of the band Supreme Music Program.

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