Ryan Phillippe from One Life to Live

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Former One Life to Live actor one of several guests on NBC sitcom.

Soaps.com readers and former One Life to Live fans may be interested in knowing that Ryan Phillippe, who played Billy Douglas on the soap opera from 1992 until 1993, is set to appear on NBC’s Will and Grace for its final season. The character of Billy was the first openly gay teenager on a television series. Phillippe, who went on to have a successful television film career, including the thrillers I Know What You Did Last Summer and Cruel Intentions, will play himself on the sitcom according to Entertainment Weekly. Billie Lourd (American Horror Story, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) is also joining the show as Fiona, an edgy, self-confident modern woman who’s outspoken and irreverent. Singer and songwriter Demi Lovato has been cast as a guest star playing Jenny, a guarded woman who comes into the life of Will in an unexpected way.

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Will and Grace stars Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, and Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland. The show is set in New York City and focuses on the relationship between Will, a gay lawyer, and his best friend Grace, a Jewish owner of an interior design firm, along with their friends Karen and Jack. The show initially ran for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006. It was revived in 2017 for a ninth and tenth season. The upcoming eleventh season, to begin airing in 2020, will be the last. It will pick up where season ten’s cliffhanger ending left off. Will was about to depart for England in an attempt to make a long-distance relationship after his engagement to McCoy (Matt Bomer, Guiding Light’s Bed Reade). Grace made a spontaneous decision and set out on an adventure with Marcus (Reid Scott), who she had just met. And Jack married Estefan (Brian Jordan Alvarez) at the airport when their flight to Spain was canceled.