Wednesday, January 18, 2017

'Will & Grace' Revival Officially Happening at NBC

Well, it's officially happening. NBC is reviving its hit comedy series Will & Grace for the 2017-18 season, it was announced today at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour. The new season will include 10 episodes.

Series stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes have all closed deals to return. Series creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick will also return as showrunners for the new episodes. And finally, James Burrows - who directed every episode of the show - will continue to do so on the revival.

"We're thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back," said Robert Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman. "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."

Added Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment: "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. Few things cut through the clutter these days, especially in comedy, and Will & Grace is one of the best."

Said Mutchnick: "Dave and I are absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to write what Will, Grace, Jack and Karen are thinking about in 2017."

Across its eight season original run, Will & Grace was nominated for 83 Emmys - winning 16 of them. The series also remains a hit to this day in syndication, though it does not have a streaming home.