The first official peek into the return of Will & Grace comes in the form of a new poster. It was originally reported back in February that the groundbreaking sitcom would be coming back after 11 years with the original cast intact. Initially NBC ordered 10 episodes, but now have added two more that were all directed by original director James Burrows. The story is expected to pick up where the show ended in 2006, but 11 years later. At the time of the announcement it wasn't known when the revival show would premiere, but the answer has arrived today with a new promotional poster.
Debra Messing took to her Twitter page to share the poster that has stars Messing, Erin McCormack, Megan Mullalley, and Sean Hayes sitting in casting chairs with their backs to the camera. The poster simply states "back this fall." See what they did there? They have their backs to the camera and they're coming back. Clever stuff there. The cast has all since gone to their social media pages to share their excitement. It's a great comfort to fans to finally know that this fall, 12 brand new episodes of Will and Grace will be delivered.
Back when the revival show was announced, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said this.
"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."
Will and Grace is one of the most beloved sitcoms in television history, so excitement is high for this revival. The hit show created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan aired from 1998 to 2006, was one of the first and most successful shows to star gay characters and earned critical and fan praise for every season, winning 16 Emmy awards and nominated a whooping 83 times. The Writers Guild of America listed the sitcom at 94 out of 101 of the best written sitcoms ever in 2014 and was also included in the Smithsonian's LGBT history collection.
Revival shows have been big for networks for the last handful of years. Cult favorite show Arrested Development had an extended life on Netflix as did Gilmore Girls and Full House. Rumors of ABC getting more Roseanne and American Idol are big news right now and it's clear that fans want more from their favorite shows, even if they come in the form of a two-hour movie like the almost official Deadwood movie being planned. There is always the risk of tarnishing a legacy with a revival, but for some fans, the risk will always be worth it.
So it's official, Will and Grace will return to NBC this fall. The show will be coming at just the right time in terms of the political climate, but the television landscape looks a lot different today then it did in 2006 when the show ended. Can Will and Grace claim the sitcom throne again? We'll have to wait until the fall to find out, but the future is looking bright.