“Will & Grace” the hit American sitcom will grace your TV screens once again for a ten-episode season 2017-18 as announced by NBC. The original run star cast combination of Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally will be back again for the 9th season after a long hiatus of 11 years.
Not only will the star cast be the same, the original creators, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, along with the original director, James Burrows, will also be returning in their same individual capacities.
“Dave and I are absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to write what Will, Grace, Jack and Karen are thinking about in 2017,” said the co-creator Max Mutchnick in a statement.
“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in his statement about the return of the show. “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,” he added.
The decision of bringing back the sitcom by NBC was apparently triggered by the viral response after a pre-election one-off reunion of the sitcom’s star cast.
“We started talking with Mutchnick and Kohan about producing new episodes right after they shot the secret reunion show back in September,” said Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment. “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.”
“Will & Grace” made its debut on NBC on September 21, 1998, and ran for eight seasons, ending on May 18, 2006, covering 194 episodes.
Although the sitcom was subjected to a lot of initial criticism because of the then taboo portrayal of gay characters, the Thursday night show went on to become one of NBC’s biggest hits and was the recipient of much critical acclaim and became the highest rated adult sitcom from 2001 to 2005.
The story of ‘Will & Grace’ revolves around the relationship between a homosexual lawyer, Will Truman played by Eric McCormack and a heterosexual interior designer Grace Adler portrayed by Debra Messing.
Megan Kelly plays the character of Karen Walker who is Grace’s assistant and responsible for promoting the company, “Grace Adler Designs” among her social circle.
Karen Walker along with Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes), who is also a gay and Will’s second best friend, make for an entertaining and hilarious foursome.
Here are some relevant details of the eight seasons of ‘Will & Grace’ on NBC comprising 194 episodes:
Created by: Max Mutchnick and David Kohan
Directed by: James Burrows
Cast: Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally, and Shelly Morrison
Theme music by: Jonathan Wolff
No. of seasons: 8
No. of episodes: 194