NBC’s so happy about the ratings generated by the new season of Will & Grace that they’ve awarded the half-hour comedy series a renewal order for season three. The critically acclaimed, award-winning comedy returned for a new season on September 28, 2017 after a decade-long break. The current season, referred to as season one by the network but technically season nine, consists of 16 episodes.
Will & Grace had already picked up a season two (or season 10) episode order before season one even aired. The second season was greenlit for 13 episodes, however NBC’s upping that order to 18 half-hour episodes.
Season three (or season 11) will air in 2019. NBC’s planning that just-announced season to also consist of 18 episodes.
The series stars Eric McCormack as Will Truman, Debra Messing as Grace Adler, Sean Hayes as Jack McFarland, and Megan Mullally as Karen Walker, reprising their roles from the original eight season run of Will & Grace. Season one guest stars include Jennifer Lopez, Alec Baldwin, Minnie Driver, Ben Platt, Molly Shannon, Jane Lynch, and Andrew Rannells.
Series co-creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan write and executive produce. James Burrows is involved as both director and executive producer.
“As far as I’m concerned, we can’t get enough of Will & Grace and 23 more episodes is music to my ears,” stated Robert Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. “We’re eternally grateful that Debra, Eric, Sean and Megan feel the same way and wanted to keep this good thing going. I’m overwhelmed by the euphoric response the new show has received from the press and the audience, and my hat is off to the unrivaled writing team of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, as well as the brilliant directing of Jimmy Burrows, for consistently delivering one of the best shows on television.”
Season one has been averaging 9.8 million viewers and has improved on NBC’s Thursday timeslot over last year by 48%. The network also reports Will & Grace is NBC’s “most-watched primetime comedy at this point in the season in eight years.”