It’s official! “Will & Grace” is coming back.
On Wednesday, NBC announced the beloved sitcom will return for a 10-episode revival with stars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally.
Set for the 2017-18 television season, the limited run will also welcome back series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan as showrunners and executive producers. Additionally, the network reported that director and executive producer James Burrows – who helmed every episode during the show’s eight seasons – has signed on to resume his original duties.
“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 a statement. “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.”
Rumors of a potential “Will & Grace” reunion began to swirl after the cast reprised their roles for an election-themed video in September. In a statement, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said the network started formulating a plan for new episodes after the now-viral clip was shot.
“[T]he 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,” her statement read. “Few things cut through the clutter these days, especially in comedy, and ‘Will & Grace’ is one of the best.”
“Will & Grace” debuted on NBC in 1998, and collected 16 Emmys throughout its run.
— Erin Biglow