Debra Messing

Lead Actress - Comedy

Debra Messing

Series: “Will & Grace”

Years on show: 4

Emmy pedigree: Three-time nominee

2001-02 shining moment: A goofy Grace attempting to seduce an “Is he or isn’t he?” Matt Damon.

Pro She’s a modern-day Lucille Ball and voters may want to show their appreciation.

Con: Those same voters may believe she can wait since her show should be on the Peacock sked for years to come.

Quotable: “Debra was so good in the beginning of the season. She was really strong in a relationship with a person who was wrong for her,” says co-showrunner David Kohan.

Critical viewpoint: “She has a certain openness and vulnerability that’s very appealing. Every time she goes out on a date she just gets murdered. She’s also the only female cast member who’s quasisane, and that makes her a good character for everyone else to bounce of off.” Andy Smith, Providence (R.I.) Journal