Jack is going to be SO jealous. Former ''The Practice'' heartthrob Dylan McDermott has been cast as the new man in Will's life on the NBC sitcom ''Will & Grace.'' The episode will air on Oct. 30, though McDermott's role could be recurring.
McCormack, whose character has dodged meaningful relationships even as his counterpart Grace (Debra Messing) has settled down (with nice Jewish doctor Leo Markus, played by Harry Connick Jr.), says that it's too soon to predict whether audiences will be ready for Will to find The One. ''It scares middle America,'' he told TV Guide. ''So we have to be careful. And I think to do it with the right person -- somebody they already know, an actor they're comfortable with -- might help.''
Audiences shouldn't get too comfortable with McDermott playing a nice guy, however. This year the actor is starring as edgy nightclub owner Peter Gatien in ''Party Monster'' and playing an ex-con in ''Wonderland,'' in which Val Kilmer stars as drug-addicted porn legend John Holmes. Maybe he should have been cast as Jack's latest flame after all.