NBC is reuniting original stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes for a 10-episode revival series to air in the 2017-18 television season.
Jennifer Salke, NBC Entertainment President, announced the news on Wednesday at the network’s Television Critics Association press day, crediting the viral video the stars filmed back in September for the election as the catalyst for a potential revival series.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
“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," Salke said. "Few things cut through the clutter these days, especially in comedy, and Will & Grace is one of the best.”
Messing, Hayes and McCormack all celebrated the announcement on Twitter immediately following the news.
"All I can say is that there is a very good chance that that might happen," Mullally told PrideSource back in December. "It’s not happening right this second. I mean, we’re not rehearsing or anything like that. But there is a very good chance that something is going to materialize."