After the hugely successful election short that brought everyone’s favorite hag/fag duo back for what we thought was one last hurrah, Variety has confirmed that NBC is in talks with the cast of Will & Grace for a new reunion show next year. Series creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, as well as stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes are all a part of discussions about doing a limited-run of original episodes. It’s not clear when the episodes would air and how many there would be.
In a recent interview, Messing said about the 10-minute short, “The response has been very overwhelming and really, really heartwarming,” Meanwhile, McCormack was upbeat about the possibility of a larger-scale continuation, telling the site, “We’d all be interested to get that call, I think.”
Will & Grace aired on NBC from 1998 to 2006. It was the recipient of 16 Primetime Emmy awards over the course of its run. It was one of the first broadcast TV shows to feature gay series regulars. The revival would be produced by NBC’s sister studio Universal Television. Predecessor NBC Studios was responsible for the original series. NBC sources were unaware at the time of the cast and creators’ plans to reunite for the special episode.
Will & Grace told the story of two longtime friends and roommates, Will, a gay man, and Grace, a hetero woman, as well as their friends Jack and Karen. These four characters became a part of not only television history, but of gay history. Nothing like this had been done on television before and, for a generation of LGBT fans, was the first time gay characters were seen in such a way. From following Will’s love life to understanding the dynamic between a GBF (gay best friend) and his fruit fly, Will & Grace remains a fan favorite to this day.
So as the great Karen Walker would say, ” Honey, it’s time to get your head out of the dumps and your legs in the air!” …because, before you know it, we’ll be back in that New York apartment as Will complains about his wrinkles and Grace deals with menopause.