10:15am PT by Jackie Strause
'Will & Grace' Books Samira Wiley for Guest Arc (Exclusive)
Will & Grace is recruiting another familiar face for its second season.
Samira Wiley has booked a recurring guest arc on the NBC revival, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Handmaid's Tale star will come on board for three episodes when Will & Grace returns in 2019. The dates of her episodes have yet to be announced.
Wiley will play Nikki, a cool and confident woman working in the same building as Karen Walker (Megan Mullally). When the pair get snowed in at the office, Nikki gets the newly divorced Karen to open up about her love life.
Wiley joins a growing list of guest stars who have already appeared on season two of the reboot — technically season 10 for the Emmy-winning comedy from co-creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. David Schwimmer continues to guest star as Grace Adler's (Debra Messing) boyfriend and, when speaking with THR earlier in the season, the co-creators hinted at a bigger role for the Friends alum throughout the 18-episode season. Other guest stars have included Jon Cryer and Matt Bomer, along with returning players Alec Baldwin, Minnie Driver, Leslie Jordan, Blythe Danner and Robert Klein.
Will & Grace aired its final episode of the year on Dec. 6 and returns with new episodes on Jan. 31. In the first episode back, Chelsea Handler guest stars as a high-powered client of Grace's who reveals herself to be a romantic interest for Grace's sister Janet (played by returning guest star Mary McCormack).
The comedy, which also stars Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes, has already been renewed for another 18-episode third season.
Orange Is the New Black favorite Wiley currently stars as Moira on Hulu’s acclaimed Handmaid’s Tale, a role that has earned her an Emmy win and two nominations. Her critically acclaimed role as Poussey on Netflix's OITNB nabbed her a SAG Award. Wiley can next be seen on stage in Antigone in Ferguson and the upcoming heist film Vault. Her recent credits in film include Detroit and Nerve, and on TV, she starred in YouTube Red’s Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on TV and had a recurring role on FX's You’re the Worst after her departure as a series regular from OITNB.
Wiley is repped by Innovative Artists.