'Honey...What is this? What's going on? What's happening?' NBC is officially bringing back television's favorite foursome with a 10-episode limited run of Will & Grace during the 2017-18 season. Stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally, each of whom received at least one Emmy Award for their respective performances throughout the series, will be back. And original series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will act as showrunners and executive producers.
Legendary director James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show during its initial eight-year run, is on board to direct and executive produce. Said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt.
"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."
Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, added.
"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."
"Dave and I are absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to write what Will, Grace, Jack and Karen are thinking about in 2017."
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. Leslie Johnson was the first to reveal 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, 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."
Debuting in 1998, the show's popularity climbed steadily, ultimately becoming the highest-rated sitcom in the adults 18-49 demo from 2001-05, and garnering an audience of more than 18 million for its series finale in 2006. In addition to taking its place in the cultural zeitgeist as a critic and fan favorite, Will & Grace was nominated for 83 Emmy Awards, winning 16 of them including Outstanding Comedy Series. Universal Television will produce and distribute the new episodes.