Cue the girlish squeals à la Jack McFarland: The much-loved sitcom Will & Grace is making a comback to NBC.
The network confirmed today that they will revive the comedy for a 10-episode stint set to broadcast during the 2017-18 TV season.
Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally are all set to return.
Back in September, the cast got together to film a 10 minute online video in which they rallied against then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The reunion for this video is what spurred the idea for a revival of the show; everyone shared a sense of nostalgia after reprising their characters, and so the idea for a Will & Grace return was set in motion.
Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, said that they started talking about producing new episodes with the show’s original creators, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, and added that the enthusiasm of the cast was just the cherry on top:
“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.”
Mutchnick and Kohan will also be resuming their roles as showrunners and executive producers, as will TV director James Burrows, who directed every episode.
NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement:
“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 & Grace aired in 1998, and was among the first sitcoms to feature gay characters in lead roles. VP Joe Biden credited it for educating the public on LGBT issues.
It earned 83 Emmy nominations, 16 of which it won.
I, too, couldn’t more thrilled! Now all I need is a Friends reboot to make my life complete.
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