Very few actors have become so synonymous with their breakout work as Molly Shannon. She holds the rare distinction of being one of the longest-serving female cast members of NBC’s flagship comedy sketch ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Shannon joined the show in 1995 and played a number of quirky characters till 2010. Some of her popular ‘SNL’ characters include ‘Mary Katherine Gallagher,’ ‘Sally O’Malley’ and ‘Margaret Healy.’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ became Shannon’s launching pad and she soon became a regular face on television shows. Her major works during that time include ‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Glee,’ Seinfeld, ‘Never Been Kissed’, ‘Year of the Dog’, ‘Evan Almighty’, ‘Kath & Kim,’ and ‘Neighbors from Hell.’
In 2006, Shannon played the role of Aunt Victorie in the movie ‘Marie Antoinette‘ directed by Sofia Coppola. The film also featured Kirsten Dunst and Jason Schwartzman. Shannon later published a children’s book in 2010. Her other major movies include ‘A Night at the Roxbury’ (1998), ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas‘ (2000), ‘Osmosis Jones’ (2001), ‘My Boss’s Daughter’ (2003), ‘Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ (2006), ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,’ (2015), ‘Igor’ (2008) and the ‘Hotel Transylvania‘ film franchise. So now you might be wondering what is the next Molly Shannon movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Molly Shannon films and TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Molly Shannon movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
5. Will & Grace (1998 – )
NBC renewed the hit drama series ‘Will & Grace’ for an 11th season in March 2018 even before the ninth season finale. Set in the backdrop of the sprawling New York cityscape, the plot follows two best friends Will Truman (Eric McCormack), a gay lawyer practicing in NYC, and Grace Adler (Debra Messing), an interior designer. Other key characters include Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes), who is Jack’s gay friend and Grace’s ambitious secretary Karen Walker (Megan Mullally).
Molly Shannon plays the character of Val Bassett, Grace’s neighbor and the opponent who lives upstairs. The series garnered critical praise for its depiction of family, love, sex, and career in modern times. It also received significant criticism for the stereotypical portrayal of gay characters. Controversies apart, ‘Will & Grace’ went on to become one of the most popular television shows with gay characters in the lead. Created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. S, the 18-episode season 11 of ‘Will & Grace’ will premiere in the fall of 2019 on NBC.
4. The Other Two (2019 – )
‘The Other Two’ is the hit comedy series from Comedy Central starring Heléne Yorke and Drew Tarver in the lead roles of two siblings who find it difficult to deal with the new stardom of their brother Chase. The plot revolves around Brooke (Yorke), an aspiring actor, Cary (Tarver), a former dancer, and Chase (Case Walker). Their normal family life turns upside down when Chase becomes an instant celebrity after one of his videos went viral. Chase’s fans start to identify Cary and Brooke as his siblings on their street walks.