2017 is already shaping up to be a pretty decent year now that “Will and Grace” is officially coming back to NBC for 10 more episodes.
According to a post from Sean Hayes on his Facebook, the show will be back for a limited-run season through 2018. Hang onto your sweater vests, everyone.
In a press release and official video announcement from NBC, it appears that all of our favorite stars—Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally—will be back and better than ever. Original director James Burrows (who was in charge of every episode in the show’s initial eight-year run) will also be back as director and executive producer.
Leslie Jordan, who played Karen’s frenemy Beverley Leslie on the show, leaked the reunion news a couple weeks ago, but now it’s really, truly official.
“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in the press release. “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.”
Apparently, all four of the main stars from the show were extremely excited about producing new episodes after the secret reunion show was shot back in September of 2016.
“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,” said Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment. “Few things cut through the clutter these days, especially in comedy, and ‘Will and Grace’ is one of the best.”
“Will and Grace” initially debuted in 1998 and is credited as being largely responsible for bringing LGBTQ topics to the forefront of the entertainment industry. It was the highest-rated sitcom in the adults 18-49 demo for four straight years from 2001 to 2005. Plus, more than 18 million people watched the series finale in 2006. The show was nominated for 83 Emmy Awards and won 16 times, including Outstanding Comedy Series.
We can’t wait to see what the gang is up to now.