NBC has announced that 90s TV show Will & Grace will be returning for a 12- episode run during the 2017-18 season.
Sean Hayes, who played Jack McFarland on the hit show, confirmed the news on his Facebook page saying, “It is with great excitement that I can confirm and OFFICIALLY announce here today that “Will & Grace” is coming back for a 10-episode limited run on @NBC during the 2017/18 season. Bring out the sweater vests!!! Check out this official announcement trailer and the official Press Release which was issued by @NBC today at The TCA (Television Critics Association).
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Along with the entire original cast, Eric McCormack (Will Truman), Debra Messing (Grace Adler), Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland), and Megan Mullally (Karen Walker) director James Burrows, who was in charge of the show when it was first on, is also set to return as director and executive producer.
In a press release for the shows return, which can also be seen on Sean Hayes’ Facebook post, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said, “We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back. 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”.
A sentiment that was continued by the President of NBC Entertainment, Jennifer Salke, who said on the show’s and original cast’s return, “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 and Grace’ is one of the best”, she continued.
Max Mutchnick, who co-created the show with David Kohan, also commented on the show’s return saying, “Dave and I are absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to write what Will, Grace, Jack and Karen are thinking about in 2017”.
During its original run between 1998- 2006, the show earned 83 Emmy nominations, of which it won 16, and rated very well in the 18-49 year-old demographic between 2001 and 2005.
Watch the trailer here.