The rumours are true! NBC has finally confirmed that a new season of the 16-time Emmy Award-winning Will & Grace is happening, ten years after it ended.
Stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally will be back in a 10-episode limited run of the iconic show.
The new episodes will be broadcast later this year and will be headed by series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan as executive producers.
Said Mutchnick: “Dave and I are absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to write what Will, Grace, Jack and Karen are thinking about in 2017.”
Director James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show during its initial eight-year run, is also on board to direct and executive produce.
Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, said that talks about a new series started in September after the success of the online reunion mini-episode. She noted that all four of the original stars were excited about getting back into production.
The sets for Will & Grace have been in storage for the last decade and, as seen in September’s one-off episode, looked as good as new. It’s unclear, however, if they will be used for the upcoming series or will be replaced by updated sets.
“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt. “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 & Grace was broadcast from 1998 to 2006. It broke new ground by featuring gay leading characters on prime time television. It was nominated for 83 Emmy Awards, winning 16 of them, including Outstanding Comedy Series.