JenPez is back, baby! Vanity Fair has learned that Jennifer Lopez is set to return to Will & Grace as a guest star this season—but wait, there’s more. This go-around, Lopez will be playing two different characters: in addition to appearing as herself, the multi-hyphenate will also play her Shades of Blue character, detective Harlee Santos.
For those who need a refresher, Lopez appeared in two episodes at the end of Will & Grace’s sixth season, when Karen (Megan Mullally) was getting married to Lyle Finster (John Cleese), as well as the Season 7 premiere. J.Lo, who apparently grew up with Karen’s maid, Rosario (Shelley Morrison), in the Bronx, ended up singing “Waiting for Tonight” at Karen and Lyle’s wedding, while Jack (Sean Hayes) filled in for one of her backup dancers. The guest spot showcased Lopez’s comedic timing and her ease with self-deprecation; “Jennifer Lopez” demanded that everyone around her wear her new Glow fragrance and her branded jeans. Karen and Lyle’s marriage might have ended 20 minutes after it began, but hey—they had a hell of a wedding singer.
What will Lopez and her Shades of Blue character—who, of course, shares a network with Will & Grace—get up to this time? Will she be checking to make sure Will is still wearing her Glow fragrance? Will she arrest Karen for some obscure and very expensive crime? Will slow-closing automatic doors continue to vex her? The possibilities are truly endless, but NBC has not yet released more details about the guest spot. Hopefully, though, it will feature at least one more dance routine—and another opportunity for Jack to take the stage.
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[contfnewc]Full ScreenPhotos:The 2018 Golden Globes’ Must-See StarsLaura BradleyLaura Bradley is a Hollywood writer for VanityFair.com. She was formerly an editorial assistant at Slate and lives in Brooklyn.