‘Will & Grace’ Revival Given 10-Episode Order by NBC

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NBC has given a 10-episode order to a revival of comedy “Will & Grace,” the broadcaster announced Tuesday.

The limited series will reunite Emmy winners Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally with series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, who will serve as showrunners and executive producers. James Burrows, who directed the entire eight-season run of the original series, will serve as director and executive producer on the revival.

“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt. “This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary — all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture — is coming back where it belongs.”

NBC had been in discussions with the cast and creators since September, when they reunited to shoot a surprise 10-minute episode related to the presidential election.

Airing on NBC from 1998 to 2006, “Will & Grace” was one of the first broadcast programs to feature gay series regulars.

“We started talking with Mutchnick and Kohan about producing new episodes right after they shot the secret reunion show back in September, and the fact that all four of the original stars were excited about getting back into production is a testament to the joyful experience they had doing nearly 200 episodes for eight seasons,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said. “Few things cut through the clutter these days, especially in comedy, and ‘Will and Grace’ is one of the best.”

“Will & Grace” stars McCormack and Messing as the titular best friends — one a gay man, the other a hetero woman. Hayes and Mullally star as their friends Jack and Karen.

“Dave and I are absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to write what Will, Grace, Jack and Karen are thinking about in 2017,” Mutchnick said.

The new episodes will be produced and distributed by Universal Television.

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  1. R. Worthy says:

    I’m SOOOOOO excited at this news! I sure hope Bobby Cannavale returns as Will’s resumed love interest. I don’t think they ever had an on-air kiss and it’s full time it happens.

  2. I LOVE ME SOME WILL & GRACE, or WAG!! SO EXCITED ABOUT THE NEWS!! Congratulations to the whole family of NBC! Better late than never folks!

  3. The is a giant bad idea. All I see is a platform to make anti-Trump jokes for 10 episodes. The show was already mediocre for the last few seasons before it ended. Why do we need to revisit? No way they capture the old magic when the show hit its stride in the middle seasons.

    This is just going to be insane person Debra Messing having an outlet to moan about Trump. Is she even available to act on the show, what with her post-election trauma that has turned her into one of the least likable people on-or-off TV.

    There is so much ‘Liberal agenda’ baked into this deal it’s absurd. Oh well… We’ll see how it goes. But it just feels like a bad idea.

  4. Caligula says:

    This could be good! Why did Sean ruin his face with plastic surgery? Hes only in his 50s! Everyone else looks pretty good!

  5. Vivian says:

    Omg please can’t we get some decent shows for our family viewing. Guess not

  6. verbatim says:

    Here, let me give you a script preview: “Ooh, Trump sucks. I hate Trump. Trump’s terrible. Trump’s awful. Boo Trump. Yuk Trump…..”

    You get the idea.

  7. Tender Puppy! says:

    If they’re gonna do this, they better bring back Bobby Cannavale as Vince for at least a couple episodes. And considering the proper kiss scenes gay characters have gotten over time, they can do better than a quick sexless peck on the lips.

  8. David Lee says:

    Jericho & Revolution got cancelled even with good ratings & this shit gets revived. Seinfeld was NBC’s comedy crown jewel till the cast & producers called it quits. Is the show aimed for political rhetoric, crisis branding at its best. Too late for that maybe during elections campaigning. More for you know who to tweet how amusing.

  9. Tina says:

    This show is boring and stupid- come on NBC?

  10. Lovetotravel says:

    Great News!
    The W&G Reunion “Get Out the Vote” was a 10 year step back in time that is still relevant!
    W&G is a witty and fun television evening that will be embraced! Thank you NBC!!!

  11. Alex Meyer says:

    So does that mean they’ll retcon the events of the series finale?

  12. KWK says:

    Good news (I guess)…multi-cam sitcoms are always the best…but someone please tell the very talented Megan Mullally to slow down her speech delivery a tad; she was consistently incoherent towards the end of the show’s original run!

  13. missyrocks5 says:

    Some good news this week! One of my favorite shows. So glad

  14. Jazzed about this news! Long overdue. Bring on the FUN!

  15. lindsey says:

    Debra Messing is a lunatic.

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