NBC announced recently that it’s given a 10-episode order to a revive the beloved comedy “Will & Grace.” The series will reunite Debra Messing with costars Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally. We can’t be more excited about it–we’re getting our popcorn ready.
NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt explained how there is no better time for the show to come back, as a way to highlight gay rights and social commentary:
“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.”
The reunion has been in talks since September, when they shot a surprise 10-minute episode related to the presidential election. The show originally aired on NBC from 1998 to 2006–and you may not realize the show was one of the first broadcast programs to feature gay characters regularly. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke confirmed this, stating:
“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.”
It’s amazing to think just how groundbreaking “Will & Grace” was–and continues to be–as McCormack and Messing show a kind of friendship that wasn’t highlighted on mainstream TV before–the deep connection between a gay man and a straight woman. The point of this choice is to illustrate that friendships come in all forms–not just between two people of the same gender and sexual orientation.
If you’re anything like me and love to watch bloopers, check out the funniest “Will & Grace” bloopers below: