It’s official: Will & Grace will return to NBC as a 10 episode limited series. The network confirmed the cast – Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally – will reunite for new episodes of the comedy series that will air during the 2017-2018 primetime season.
The revival also reunites the creative team behind the 16-time Emmy Award-winning comedy show. Series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan are back as executive producers and showrunners, with director James Burrows also committed to helm the new half-hour episodes. Burrows directed all of Will & Grace‘s episodes during the show’s 1998-2006 run.
“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.”
“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,” added President of NBC Entertainment Jennifer Salke. “Few things cut through the clutter these days, especially in comedy, and Will and Grace is one of the best.”
Will & Grace was the highest-rated sitcom among adults from 2001-2005, according to NBC. 18+ million viewers tuned in to watch the 2006 series finale.
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