Earlier this year, the hit sitcom Will & Grace made a comeback, of sorts, with original stars Debra Messing (Grace Adler), Eric McCormack (Will Truman), Megan Mullally (Karen Walker) and Sean Hayes (Jack McFarland) reuniting for a special Election 2016 episode. There had been rumors that NBC was eyeing an official revival of the series, but nothing was ever confirmed by the network or any of the stars. While we still don't have an official announcement yet, series star Leslie Johnson revealed in a new interview that NBC has in fact issued a 10-episode order for a new season of Will & Grace.
Leslie Johnson, who won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Karen's office rival Beverley Leslie, recently spoke with San Diego radio station KBPS for his touring comedy show dubbed Straight Outta Chattanooga, where he made the surprising confirmation that a Will & Grace revival is actually happening. No story details have been confirmed quite yet, but the actor did reveal that the network is eyeing this show for next season. Here's what he had to say below about the return of Will & Grace.
"It's back. Here's the way it works. They've ordered 10 [episodes]. It'll be for next season, so they'll go in in July, and then they'll add the guest cast. I'll get a phone call. I'm not a regular."
Before the Will & Grace reunion episode happened in September, the stars shared a photo of all four Will & Grace leads on the set, sparking rumors that the show will come back on NBC. At the time, it wasn't known if the network was officially considering a revival, but the reunion episode, which clocked in at just under 10 minutes long, quickly went viral, with more than 6.6 million views in the three months since it surfaced. While that number is nearly half of the 12.3 million viewers the show attracted on average during its first season, it still proves there is still a fervent fan base for this show. The show's final season, which aired in 2006, attracted an average of 8.6 million viewers per episode.
It hasn't been confirmed if Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick will return to write these new episodes, or if the creators have plans to pay tribute to the late great Debbie Reynolds, who passed away last week. The actress guest starred as Bobbi Adler, the mother of Debra Messing's Grace Adler in 12 episodes between 2001 and 2006, when the show went off the air after eight successful seasons. If NBC does confirm this news soon, Will & Grace will just be the latest successful show to come back on the air in some way shape or form. Netflix has been leading the charge with this new wave of revivals such as Fuller House and the new Gilmore Girls series, with CBS' MacGyver and Fox's X-Files finding success on the small screen this year.