NBC Announces Return Of Will & Grace [VIDEO]

Deadline reports:

The Emmy-winning Will & Grace is returning to NBC. After months of complex and difficult negotiations, the network has closed a deal for a new 10-episode limited installment of the hit series, to air during the 2017-18 season. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke made the announcement at the top of NBC’s TCA presentation.

The new, ninth season of Will & Grace stems from the surprise election-themed reunion mini-episode released on Sept. 26. Done without NBC’s involvement, it immediately triggered talk of a possible real reunion.

Slowly but surely, producing studio Universal TV was able to secure stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes as well as creators/executive producers Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. Veteran director James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show during its initial eight-year run, is on board to direct and executive produce.


  • safari

    I like Will and Grace… but, why?

    • Gigi

      Why not?

      • safari

        The same reason the TV movie Mary and Rhoda was a bad idea?

        • Reality.Bites

          And you can be sure they’ll avoid those mistakes.

          People want comfort food TV. I never watched the original or the sequel, but isn’t Fuller House about one of the kids from the original living in the same house, with some of the uncles or whatever the fuck they were still around?

          They didn’t want to see a twice-divorced Rhoda and a widowed Mary (of course still no divorce for Mary, ever!) with grown kids, associating with none of their old friends and family.

    • TK
  • Ernest Endevor

    Um… Aren’t they all a bit, you know, old? Maybe they’ll turn the bug into a feature. Good luck with that.

    • Gigi

      What’s age got to do with anything? Betty White is 95 and she’s still going strong.

      • Ernest Endevor

        The behavior of the characters. What’s okay if you’re in your early thirties is not okay when you’re pushing fifty. And Betty White’s roles are skillfully adapted to make use of her real age. She’s not pretending to be fifty.

        • Gigi

          It’s not okay to have a life full of trials and tribulations when you’re pushing 50? I didn’t get that memo.

          • Ernest Endevor

            You’re not understanding. I’M NOT TALKING ABOUT REAL LIFE. I’m talking about the casting of a sitcom. Perhaps they’ll adapt the plot lines to embrace the age of the actors now. But srsly, much as I admire Sean Hayes, you can’t do ‘Just Jack’! when you’re 40. You’ll look seriously troubled. Imagine the cast of friends behaving as they did with the characters played by actors in their late 40s and it’s grotesque. I thought the latest return of Pee Wee Herman a serious mistake for the same reason. The gifted Paul Rubens was truly unsettling playing a boy while in his 60s.

          • Gigi

            Well if the election special is any indication of what’s to come I think the new ten episode installment will great. I have a few friends who were “Just Jack” types when we were younger and, while they’ve grown and matured since then, they’re still a lot of fun and very entertaining.

          • Ernest Endevor

            That’s all I’m saying. I’m sure they’ve got it worked out They’re not stupid people, and they had the cream of the producing/directing talent on the initial season way back when.

          • Gigi

            Let’s wait and see and hope for the best.

          • Cousin Bleh

            Madonna is still doing her shtick and she’s over 50. (Possibly not a good example)

          • Millstone

            Madonna is even starting to look like Baby Jane Hudson.

          • Ernest Endevor

            Really not. She’s grotesque, and not in the good way. Same with Mick Jagger et al.

          • Reality.Bites

            Hot in Cleveland, just like the Golden Girls and the Mary Tyler Moore Show, all showed Betty White with an active sex live, from her 40s through her 90s.

            And the latter two shows were all about women in their 50s and 60s screwing everything that moved… their fancy.

          • Ernest Endevor

            That’s what I’m saying. In those shows the women were of a certain age and were celebrated as such. If they do more Will and Grace they’ll have to deal with an older cast and make suitable adjustments: is Will married? Does Jack have children? how to deal with Karen’s drinking in 2017? They can’t simply be the same characters played by substantially older actors. But I’m sure they’re aware of that and have ui; t it into their storylines. But this is the reason that Friends never did a reunion: the actors were all too old for their roles.

          • Reality.Bites

            Just one of your many trials and tribulations. πŸ˜‰

          • leastyebejudged

            It’s really a double standard, people have all sorts of shit to say about people in their 50’s – until THEY end up in their 50’s.

        • leastyebejudged

          I’m stunned that McCormack would do this, he’s done really well with more compelling and serious roles.

          He’s the most important character in the series Travelers.

          At the end of the day, though, you’ve got to pay the bills and pay attention to your fan base.

          • Ernest Endevor

            Really? I haven’t seen him in anything. It was a big breakthrough for them all. I always thought he should have done Private Lives with D. Messing. But now they’re a bit long-in-the-tooth for that, too.

  • The Sentinel

    A minstrel show featuring sexless nonthreatening gay folks.

    • Cousin Bleh

      You say “nonthreatening” like they weren’t the reason Joe Biden changed his mind about gay marriage and ultimately started the ball rolling toward a monumental Supreme Court decision.

      • Elagabalus

        “Will and Grace” responsible for Joe Biden’s decision to come out in favor of gay marriage? Really? That’s quite a stretch, is you ask me.

        • Cousin Bleh

          You can ask ol’ Joe himself…

          β€œI think β€˜Will & Grace’ probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has ever done so far.” – Joe Biden, May 6, 2012

          • The_Wretched

            coincident not causal
            I suspect Joe had more and better reasons to join in on the LGBTQ side.

          • Cousin Bleh

            Probably a confluence of factors that included Will & Grace.

    • Elagabalus

      Perfect description!

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I actually have known a few -just a few- gay men who were really like Jack. But, yeah, not representative of the vast majority of gay men.

    • BobSF_94117

      Finally, a show about people like me!

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Well, honey, I will take this minstrel show over 90 percent of everything that is on network tv right now and yes, “Will and Grace” did open the mind of many people whether anyone wants to believe that or not.

      • pj

        it put us on the tube officially. and it was a hit.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I loved Will & Grace so much. I’ll give it chance. Heck, we all need to be able to laugh now more than ever.

    • DaddyRay

      True, I would watch a West Wing reboot

      • Rebecca Gardner

        Especially to watch this scene again.

        https://youtu.be/3CPjWd4MUXs

        • Goodboy

          Ha. Monthly meeting of the ignorant tight ass club.

        • Brian in Valdosta

          Absolutely one of my all-time favourite shows, and THAT is one of my all-time favourite scenes from it. I keep a collection of animated GIF files (taken from this clip) on my computer, and I roll them out when I need a good healthy dose of “fuck you, christianists” in my day.

          Thanks for the remind!

        • Bj Lincoln

          Thank you so much! I needed that.

        • I just saw the Thanksgiving scene when Bartlet gave Charlie his carving knives that were made by his family by Paul Revere. I somehow got something in my eye at that very moment!

        • pj

          awesome….never saw that

      • Goodboy

        That and I want to see a Queer as folk reboot too. Have the guys going to club Babylon, doing drugs and fucking in the back. Except now they’re all middle aged and over the hill in gay years. That would be so awesome.

      • West Wing is on Netflix. I’ve been watching it against lately. I needed to see sane, well-meaning people running a country as an antidote to what’s about to be in charge (and I don’t just mean Trump).

        • pj

          trump isnt in charge,

    • Gigi

      The election special was a lot of fun. I’d forgotten how much I missed them. Made me seek out and watch some of their older episodes.

      • ChrisInKansas

        I pulled out some past seasons on DVD to watch recently, still as good as ever. (Funny how DVDs are already a thing of the past)

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      • Joe in PA

        Oh man, don’t get me started (hooked?) on the blooper reels. There are 1000s of them for W&G! And all hilarious. That had to be a blast working on that show.

      • Dave B

        We did the same.

    • Cousin Bleh

      I suspect reaction to this news is going to be evenly divided, but one thing I am certain about is that the folks who are able to enjoy Will & Grace are the people I’d want to hang out with and have a cocktail. Or ten.

      • loosevowels

        yeah! sanitized gay men…… for your protection ‘merica !

        • Cousin Bleh

          You’d think anyone who spends as much time at Dlisted as you do would like a vapid, braindead starfucker like Jack.

          • loosevowels

            we all can’t be like you

          • Cousin Bleh

            You’d have to get a college education first.

          • loosevowels

            it has done little or nothing for you

          • Cousin Bleh

            At the very least, it’s given me the capacity to use punctuation.

          • loosevowels

            everyone should have at least one redeeming skill

          • Ron

            Loose vowels, cousin Bleh! Would you please go get a room already!!!

          • loosevowels

            he saw my junk one night in club in the bath room and has been after me ,i told him i am not in to out shape bald guys with a comb over

          • Ron

            Eeewwww! Run for yor life!!

    • Rambie

      We’ll need a good laugh to get through the next four years.

    • bambinoitaliano

      Riglected president and his possum of bandits will provide more than enough material for 10 episodes.

    • loosevowels

      like the time Jack was spending the night with his friend and they showed them.
      They were dressed in onesy pajamas and playing board games like little
      kids. Because that’s what gay men do.

      • Bj Lincoln

        Us old married lesbians do the same thing! I really should post a picture of us in our onesies.

        • loosevowels

          some things are best left to the imagination

  • ChrisInKansas

    I don’t care if they’re older now. This may possibly be the best thing 2017 brings! All for it!

  • mikeinftl

    But will they let Will be gay?

    • PickyPecker

      With maybe a BF or (gasp) a HUSBAND!?!?!?!

      • Gustav2

        And children living in Chappaqua, New York

      • David in Palm Springs

        At the end of the series he had a partner (Vince) and a baby. I doubt they’ll be able to get Bobby Cannavale back to play him.

        • Reality.Bites

          I don’t think they’d want to. Or I hope not. Everyone loved the election special because they were exactly the same as they were though most of the series. Will single. Grace single. Karen with Stan. Jack just haven broken up with someone.

          And let’s perhaps stop being silly about “will they let Will be gay.” It’s not 1998 anymore. It wasn’t even 1998 by the end of the show. Teenage boys have boyfriends and kiss on family sitcoms. As young as 13. And inside a Catholic Church.

          Yes, I think they’ll let a middle aged man date.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deRsnonrc2A

          https://youtu.be/a8IyENsLeJ4?t=25s

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVflpLWFCtA

          • Skip Intro

            Shit, we’ve come a long way since “Tonight on the David Susskind Show β€” we discuss the homosexual problem.”

    • safari

      All that angst, none of the payoff.

    • Blake Jordan

      In Donnie’s America… probably not…

    • james1200

      I want to see him being penentrated in high definition on NBC or else! Penetrated! Hard!!

      • safari

        I’d settle for him saying his ass is sore and the laugh track kicks in.

        • Reality.Bites

          You’d be sore too if you were kicked in the ass by a laugh track.

    • Cousin Bleh
      • Reality.Bites

        If I’m gonna take Idina’s leftovers, I’m going for Krysten Chenowith!

    • Bill #drain that swamp?

      Will Larry Craig have a walk on?

      • Bared Bear

        I don’t know if they can accommodate his wide stance.

  • HZ81

    Let’s forget that finale ever happened.

    • Reality.Bites

      The creators had left the series years before, so were wrapping up plot lines they were never involved with. Whether the finale is retconned or not, we still have Grace pregnant with Leo’s baby, Will broken up with Vince, and Kaen divorced from Stan – the plot lines developed over the whole last season in order to create a finale.

      I hope, whether this “limited run” leads to another one or doesn’t, that they not try to wrap things up again. At the end of episode 10 just leave those people alone, in that late 1990s apartment and the manse.

      https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/50/79/a0/5079a059084622510c41178e67b2b3be.jpg

      Karen, Season 1

      http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/sites/default/files/custom/LESLEY/will_and_grace_-_presidential_-_screenshot_-_h_-_2016_0.jpg

      Karen, October 2016, 18 years later.

      And the rest look pretty damn good too. They haven’t changed. They’re still the same petty, self-obsessed, shallow people they always were.

      I miss them. Even Grace. A little. Well not really. But her mom just died.

      R.I.P. Grace Adler

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5ck-3ycnz0

      • HZ81

        Oh, shit. I forgot Debbie was mom. Aw.

        I honestly don’t recall the finale so vividly, just that it was meh, like many a series finale.

        Note to producers (who of course are following my every word) just make your finale a really good episode. It started with30 minutes. End it in 30.

        • Reality.Bites

          If you saw the election episode, they decided to leave out all the final-season developments. But I don’t know if they can do that in a series as opposed to what was essentially a skit like “imagine if Sam and Dianne were watching the election results at Cheers even though we all know she left the bar years ago.”

          • JW Swift

            They’ll just rip-off “Dallas” and have Jack wake up and realize that the entire last season was just a dream.

  • Elagabalus

    Now that the age of Trump is about to begin, does this signal a hearkening back to the bad old days of excessive camp to camouflage inner pain and gay characters who never have partners or any hint of a sex life so as not to offend the dominant culture. If so, thanks but no thanks. “Will and Grace” can remain a sad remnant of the 90’s for all I care.

    • Tiger Quinn

      YES.

    • Gustav2

      Will is married with kids and still bitching about not getting any.

  • meh.

  • geoffalnutt

    This would be a kick in the balls to Donnie – if he had any.

    • WiscoJoe

      NBC cancelling the Celebrity Apprentice and finally ending their fiduciary relationship with Trump would probably be a bigger kick in the balls.

  • Lars Littlefield

    I was never a fan. But if it makes you kids settle down for five minutes, fine. Just stop dancing on the coffee table.

    • Lazycrockett

      I know it did a lot to move the main stream culture forward but I stopped watching it after the first season. That first season though Karen had bite.

  • disqus_Qm7Y1t9k8U

    Yeah. I’ll pass.

  • Rex

    This is good news.
    Which is rather rare lately.

  • Tiger Quinn

    Oh god, no. This show was a total embarrassment. I was coming out in 1995 and this show did nothing but make me shake my head. “Don’t you just love W&G?!” “NO. That show is for straight people and what they think being gay is like.”

    • j.martindale

      Silly, over the top, grating caricatures. (Then, again, I am a crotchety old man. By the way, has anyone seen The Mick? Now THAT is funny.)

      • Cousin Bleh

        So every sitcom ever.

    • james1200

      Plenty of us homos love it. It’s a mainstream show on a mainstream network and it’s a comedy; there are limits to what they can do as a result. you aren’t gonna get real gay life on an NBC comedy.

      • Librarykid

        Golden Girls had sharper dialogue.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      My favorite line from Will & Grace was when Rosario called Karen “Count Drunkula”.

      But overall, not in my top 10 comedies.

      • swimboy

        My fave was when Karen called Grace “Slutty McSluttenstein, the mayor of Slutsville.”

    • Butch

      I was hesitating on joining this conversation, even though negativity IS a skill of mine – I always found this show really annoying.

      • Mike_in_the_Tundra

        I just found Will annoying.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Will is hot, Grace is annoying

    • Gerry Fisher

      I felt the same way, but…that’s not a uniform opinion within our tribe.

    • Lawerence Collins

      It’s all perception.

    • bambinoitaliano

      I am in the middle pack. The most interesting character is Karen Walker, the best attempt to bring Edina and Patsy characters on to American television other than Christine Baranski character in Cybill.

      • lymis

        I still wish that High Society, with Jean Smart and Mary McDonnell, had done better. It WAS a direct attempt to Americanize AbFab, and while it didn’t gel, it had some utterly brilliant moments, and Jean Smart has never been funnier.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    I kind of think this is a “you can’t go home again” moment.

    • Bared Bear

      Yeah. I hope that they capture what they had… but I’m not sure.

  • Tiger Quinn

    I’ll let it go, but this actually irks me. There is a LOT of great gay programming out there that needs to be supported, but sure let’s bring back a retrograde shuck n jive throwback we’d all rather forget. I was told by so many people that I should be glad that a gay man like Jack was on the air – Jack was a clown. A sexless clown played by a closet case. Will was a sexless asshole played by a straight man. Grace was the actual center of the show and her stupid pregnancy plotline hogged the entire thing. Karen was awesome of course, but must ALL of our friends be amoral, rich weirdos?

    • Gustav2

      All of our friends and neighbors are moral poor weirdos.

    • Reality.Bites

      Jack was anything but sexless. Blanche Deveraux would have thought he was too fond of the attentions of men.

      • Cousin Bleh

        In one of the earliest episodes, he invited three men over for a “fourgy.” I still call it that.

  • james1200
    • The Sentinel

      People like their gays mincing.

      • james1200

        Like gays like him don’t exist! Please! Ask yourself why effete men bother you so much, ’cause I hate to tell you but there’s plenty of them around and so fucking what?

        • j.martindale

          Most of the people who are “mincing” are performing camp. I don’t think it is always a character trait so much as a performance.

          • james1200

            So what? I queen out with friends sometimes and I’m not ususally “camp”. If gays “mincing” bothers you, I think, with all due respect, it’s because you’ve absorbed a lot of the negative shit that gets thrown towards anyone who challenges heterosexuality, especially effeminate men.

          • JIM W

            The young mincing queen we saw at Starbucks got a round of applause from our table of 70 something old gay men. Bravo! Use it while you can sweetie .

          • j.martindale

            Feel free to embrace your inner femininity. I hear negative stuff about gym bunnies, about leather bears, about butch women and every other segment of the LGBT community all the time. You don’t have to like any of them. I didn’t say anything bad about effeminate men. “Fem” was a name I was tagged with when I was a boy. But I think for much of the straight population, effeminacy in men is a subject of ridicule, which is why I upvoted the first comment.

          • greenmanTN

            I think my presentation is fairly masculine, but then Donald Trump thinks he’s smart so maybe we aren’t the best judges of ourselves.

            I mean jeez, I’m a gay artist who hates watching sports and hunting, likes to cook, I talk with my hands, and have a cat, so for the area where I live I might as well be wearing a fucking dirndl, no matter what my voice sounds like!

            At some point you have to just say “fuck it” and stop worrying about it or you’ll drive yourself crazy or, even worse, marry Michele Bachmann!

        • Cousin Bleh

          It’s always the people who complain about Jack that are the same ones who have “no fems” on their Grindr profile.

          • james1200

            Yup. I love the butch boys, I do but the reason people do the “no fems” thing is because of all the insecurity they have about being gay so maintaining an outwardly butch appearance becomes the end all be all, which is a ridiculous waste of time. I love the variety of gay men out there, from the “str8” boys to one of my favorite boyfriends ever, who was so queeny that he was almost a woman. I love you all! (and you all turn me on in your own way!)

          • Mike_in_the_Tundra

            I have to agree with you. I certainly like the butch guys, but many fems can be downright enticing. After having a date show up in full drag, I’m good with all kinds of guys.

      • perversatile
      • lymis

        Maybe, maybe not. But Sean Hayes played Jack right on the edge of unbelievable, and pulled it off brilliantly.

        It’s not like all the other characters in sitcoms are models of realistic human beings. Sure, Jack was a stereotype, but the difference is that he was conceived, written, and played with love for the character, not as nothing but mockery.

        • The Sentinel

          Played by a laughably closeted (at the time) actor which is truly funny in the saddest way.

      • pj

        like their gays shady

    • Reality.Bites

      It’s better with a gay!

  • WiscoJoe

    Meh, I won’t be watching anything on NBC or any NBC owned channel for as long as they maintain a fiduciary relationship with Trump.

    Integrity is way more important than cheap comedy.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Yeah! Thank god I can afford high price liquor again and give up that Santa gig.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b88e022a543851d105b92f65b753bd1f98d502c1e0a7100d849283f53b47ea18.jpg

    • The_Wretched

      That looks like a good quality whip.

      • Bared Bear

        Only the best for the beave.

        • The_Wretched

          She’s holding it wrong though – that implies a lack of training.

          • Bared Bear

            That’s a part of her lulling you into a false sense of authority. The master shows herself when you’re at your most smug so that your inevitable surrender will be the most sweet.

    • Cousin Bleh

      I was legit waiting on you to comment!

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        Oh thanks honey, everyone stop over later for a drink. I need some cheering up. Our best friend is in the hospital and the outlook today is very, very bad. This is the one time I really do mean that i will be drinking heavily tonight..

        • Mike_in_the_Tundra

          B I G ***H U G

        • Librarykid

          You are friends with the Bush Family?

          • Anastasia Beaverhousen

            Oh, honey, come on.. here i am pouring my heart out and you making cheap jokes! I love you. You make me laugh. Come sit over here.

          • Librarykid

            I am honored to receive your reply. If driver is incapacitated, I would be honored to be your designated driver.

        • TampaDink

          Late to this thread but wanted to extend my best thoughts & a big ole homo cyber hug to you tonight. I know that it won’t help matters but be assured that I’m thinking of you & tossing a few back myself, in honor of your friend.

    • Guest

      After this long of a break, after all that booze, can you even memorize a script any longer? Could you then? Will they have to hide your lines around the set, tapped to bottles? πŸ˜‰ could not resist.

  • continuum

    God, I hated this contrived, one-dimensional show, chock full of stereotypes.

    • Millstone

      I thought I was the only ‘mo who hated it.

  • Leo

    Coming from an early-end millennial, I have to say that unfortunately I don’t think this will be successful. Part of me doesn’t think it should be either.

    Pop culture’s done a 180, gay culture’s done a 180 and moved on, comedy’s moved from sitcom to largely mockumentary, and being yourself just suffered a seismic backlash. The script’s intentionally tone-deaf on their money and their fabulous lives and the minstrel window-dressing dialed to 11.

    The most campy gay guys I know would always roll their eyes at Jack to tone down the uppers.

    Yes we need laughs, yes I get nostalgia, but look…I loved Will & Grace and always watch re-runs but IMO, it’s time to let it go. I’ll be genuinely surprised if this even lasts a season. Forgive the cynicism.

    • Reality.Bites

      It’s a ten-episode one-off. They’d be a lot more surprised than you if it lasted a season.

      And while you’re right about pop culture, look how well TVLand did with Hot in Cleveland, which was basically the Golden Girls with Betty White playing Sophia instead of Rose.

      They’re not expecting a Big Bang Theory – which despite adhering slavishly to the outmoded comedy model has far more viewers than any other scripted show on TV

      Last season Big Bang Theory had a 5.8 rating among viewers 18 to 49

      That limited run revival of the X-Files was second highest, with 4.8 (i’m leaving out sportsball matches and awards shows)

      After several other popular drama shows we come to Modern Family, with a 3.5 – 40% fewer voters in the prime demo.

      Next comedy is the Goldbergs, with a 2.6

      So TBBT has nearly as many viewers as the next two comedies combined, and the second most popular show of the year was a limited run revival of a show that aired from 1993 to 2002

      Somehow I think a limited run revival of a traditional sitcom that run from 1998 to 2006 is going to do fine.

      There’s nothing wrong with either type of comedy (although the mockumentary format has yet to produce a single series as popular as the most popular of past and current multi-cams), and while networks love buzz and social media talk, in the end what they really like most is getting viewers 18-49 to watch it as it’s aired or later the same day.

  • WiscoJoe

    Has anyone watched “Please Like Me”? It’s way funnier than Will & Grace ever was, and they actually let their gay characters enjoy sex and have real personalities.

    • Bared Bear

      Haven’t heard of it, but I’ll check it out. Where would I find it?

      • WiscoJoe

        It’s an Australian show, but was jointly produced by Pivot (which I think ceased operations). I watched it all on Hulu. It’s so relatable! A bit like Looking but goofier (and Australian).

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      I saw the episode where his mom died. OMG. Powerful writing and acting.

      • WiscoJoe

        Spoiler alert!!! OMG, yeah, finished season 4 last night and was not prepared. It was so honest and awkward and frank. I was kind of in shock about it, though looking back, they foreshadowed it perfectly. What really got me was his roommate Tom putting on a brave face and that at the end of the episode finally breaking down and admitting it was the hardest thing he had to deal with. And then when his father finally broke down… So well written and acted.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          And, as you say, “Spoiler Alert”

          — Lumpy “Hasn’t started Season 3 yet” Gaga

        • Lazycrockett

          Thank god they didn’t kill the dog.

    • Lazycrockett

      Please Like Me is the best gay tv show we have ever had. Great from beginning to end. Highly recommend it.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      Yes! God, I love it this show.

      • Lazycrockett

        The just the way it dealt with mental health issues gets it an A+ rating.

        • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

          There is so much realness and heart in this show, something I always found lacking in the cartoonish Will&Grace.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Where are Americans watching it? Is it all on Amazon Prime now? I had to pirate all my episodes.

      • WiscoJoe

        It’s on Hulu.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Ah. I was forced to buy a couple eps from Amazon when torrenting failed me.

  • JIM W

    We watched every episode and are now on our 4th or 5th go around of reruns. It will be great to get some good material. I’m sure they will get under 45’s skin. I’m hoping so.

  • boobert

    The only character that was a little likable was Rosario !

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      That margarita slingin’, mariachi band playing’, taco eatin’, jewelry stealin’ maid? Wooooo.. there’s a huff, I think I will leave in it.

      • Homo Erectus

        By the time they start filming, Rosario will be on the southern side of the wall. /s

    • Lumpy Gaga
      • Reality.Bites

        Who wouldn’t steal on what that bitch Karen paid her?

  • missmobtown

    Karen!

  • BobSF_94117

    I hope it’s good. Two reasons, we’re gonna need something funny to laugh at and it would be so sad if it’s bad.

    • JIM W

      Agree, we need it to stay in production for at least the next 4 years. We will need the distraction.

    • Millstone

      It was bad last time, so….
      Fortunately it’ll have a laugh track to cue you when something is funny.

      • sandollar_man

        During those 8 years, that show was nominated for 61 Emmy’s and won 22 Emmy’s.
        Also during those 8 years, the writers hit on every gay topic, slang, and stereotype.
        Your entertainment opinion is simply “different” than many others.
        But that doesn’t make it wrong.

        • Millstone

          2.5 Men aired for 12 seasons and was nominated for 46 Emmys, winning 9, two Golden Globe nominations and a People’s Choice Award. And Titanic won the Oscar.

          So there. ; )~

  • Acronym Jim

    With some sitcoms having evolved to be edgier, I think a better idea would be a spin-off, “Jack & Karen.”

    Think “Shameless” but with more camp.

  • Ish

    Hey, Stepin Fetchit minstrelsy isn’t dead. More’s the pity.

  • Droz

    My favorite Will and Grace behind the scenes story is about how John Barrowman wasn’t gay enough for the role of Will during casting.

    • Cousin Bleh

      The punchline to that story is when Eric McCormack was asked about it and he replied, “this John guy.” I guess they were looking for bitchy.

    • Reality.Bites

      A story that is told only by John Barrowman.

      I’ve never believed it was anywhere close to a choice between him and McCormack.

  • The Return of Traxley

    Undecided here. While it did actually nudge some people I knew into the ally column from the tolerant one, that was a generation ago and is totally irrelevant to the life experiences of our current 20-somethings.

    The characters then were bold for network television at the time, but they were the typically overblown stereotypes found on every other sitcom of the 90s.

    It’s returning to primetime network TV, with a much smaller audience share than it once did. It’s competing against lots more edgy, explicit, and provacative shows — which are all more interesting and diverse than standard 30 minute network programming.

    It probably won’t be pushing the envelope. But NBC is the network that aired Community, Parks and Recreation, and 30 Rock. It might loosen up from what it was

    Karen Walker.

    Karen Walker

    Karen Walker. YES.

    • Cousin Bleh

      It will be interesting to see how much the show changes for the times. I tried to watch the One Day at a Time reboot on Netflix, which has gotten strong reviews, but I just can’t with the laugh track anymore. It feels so old fashioned.

    • Chris

      I don’t think this is about new audiences, or even young audiences, this is about 10 weeks of nostalgia for a show that meant something to a lot of people. The response they got for that little political video convinced producers that there was enough fond memories and desire that a 10 week investment was worth it.
      Reinventing and trying to appeal to a different audience is probably counter productive.

      • The Return of Traxley

        Very good points. If that’s their reason for bringing it back, I’m on board with it.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Saw Nick and Megan in “Summer of ’69” and one of the best lines of the night involved the fact that she ran through her “sitcom money”.

    NB: Megan is no longer a Walkereque fleshpot. She’s starved her way to awesome.

  • andrew

    Loved the show. Hope it’s great again. I need some good T.V. shows to help me avoid seeing anything Trump.

  • Rene Salinas

    Please sign Leslie Jordan as a regular.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Well, it’s not as if they won’t have any material to run with. It could prove interesting.

  • five

    Can another W & G nerd help me out? The final episode shows them having not spoken to each other for 18-plus years. How will this reunion work with that timeline? This would need to be set in like 2025, no?

    • Chris

      If I remember correctly, they reconciled well prior to that, just their lives were different and they didn’t really stay in touch and reunited at the dorm. But there has been a dinner and promises to stay in touch while the babies were still young, so they could set it in there somewhere. Or thy could just take a page from JJ Abrams and just invent an alternative timeline.

      • Reality.Bites

        My gut tells me that they’ll retcon it out of existence. All of it. Both babies, the reconciliations with Leo

        This is how I would do it – and Max and David, you have my full permission to use it without attribution.

        Will is shown in bed alone, shirtless. He wakes up to a shirtless Patrick Duffy emerging from the shower. Patrick says, good morning, and they kiss passionately. (he’s still pretty hot)

        We then see Grace in her bed, alone. Topless even though she’s wearing a nightgown if you know what I mean. She wakes up shocked. She rushes to Will’s bedroom, establishing that they’re still living together in the same apartment and everything that happened with Leo, Vince and Karen divorcing Stan and ending up broke never really happened.

        Neither did any advances in appliances or home decorating, which is common among wealthy gay men and the interior designer hags who love them.

        • five

          Hope you’re right, because otherwise Beverly Leslie will still be dead!

  • TimCA

    I don’t hold out much hope for this rivaling the initial high caliber of its first few seasons so the most enthusiasm I can muster is ambivalence at best.

    Now for one of my favorite short lived characters from the early years: Molly Shannon playing the deranged Val. Priceless!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GDuSzVzRRQ

  • Robert Anthony

    Should be great!

  • Mother of Fagons

    We really only need Jack & Karen. Will and Grace sucked and should be left behind.

  • metrored

    This should be exciting but it just feels like a reminder that we’re going back to the Bush years.

  • Seth82

    I thought it was so ridiculously awful.

    maybe if Will wasn’t such a damn eunuch I might care.

    I only bothered to watch for Karen.

  • Prediction: Failure

    Somehow, this feels like trying to fit into your 8th-grade track suit for your 50th birthday.

    Mid-life crisis does not warrant middle-school running gear.

    • Earl

      Mine fits. I was a fat kid.

      /s

  • M Jackson

    Tell me that Minnie Driver can get time off of “Speechless” to play that old whore Lorraine.

  • pleasebereasonable1

    If Karen’s real life husband were to appear topless in every episode I think I could be convinced to give it a watch……… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0f1571938dc6d0d9060ffdd3b07fe9c3c6a1f99437828bd26db40f5677ac00ee.jpg

  • Gregory B

    Best news I’ve heard today!

  • 3-Star

    I must be the dissenting vote because I thought the show was terrible. I also dislike “Friends” so go figure. LOL

  • lymis

    Loved the show. Loved the Vote short. Will happily watch the new miniseries. Yay.

  • mark99k

    I can’t get too excited over this yet. The original really put me off after a few seasons by being so overwhelmingly focused on Karen & Jack, whose whole schtick got tired fast. I’ll check out the pilot, but if it shows up as another 2-clown circus with poor neutered Will on the sidelines, I won’t want to get invested.

  • I have a feeling this is going to turn out to be a mistake as so many of these revisits to old favorites turn out to be (Remember Mary and Rhoda? However, with Jim Burrows on board, this might be okay. Will Leslie Jordan be back because the Beverly/Karen scenes were among my favorites on the show. “Why Karen Walker, I thought I smelled gin and regret.” πŸ™‚

  • Mickey Bitsko

    Great boobs, I mean news.

  • Robert C

    What’s it going to be called? “Golden Girls: The Next Generation”?

    But seriously, sounds interesting. I just hope they don’t fuck it up!

  • leastyebejudged

    What, no…. McCormack, he’s so much better in Travelers.

    His character makes the one on W&G look facile and trite by comparison.

    If you haven’t caught the science fiction series yet, check it out.

    He plays one of the leaders of a group of people who’s consciousness has been sent back through time to change the horrible, horrible future they come from.
    Our future.

    Why am I shaking while I write this ? Oh. shit.

  • rednekokie

    This is a million times better news than anything so far, or to come in the future about the Strumpelthinskin.
    Thank you, NBC — for a bit of joy in a bitter climate.

  • Natty Enquirer

    You can’t go home again. It just doesn’t work. Especially if your gay characters continue to be neutered by keeping the eros offscreen or turning them into nelly clowns.

  • JellyDonut

    Yeah! It is good that it is 10 episodes….this way it is a treat and not overkill. I do like McCormack new show Travelers..

  • Homo Erectus

    Oh, No! Leslie Jordan just got the gig as the US Attorney General.

    • TampaDink

      I’d have more confidence if Beverly Leslie were really the next AG.

  • JCF

    “Now More Than Ever!”

    [Pssst. Don’t tell anyone: I didn’t watch it the first time. I know, I know. I’m just not a sit-com person. But maybe now.]

  • TampaDink

    “Well, if it isn’t Karen Walker. I thought I smelled gin & regret.” ~Beverly Leslie

  • J Ascher

    Will and Grace: The Facelift Years!

  • olandp

    Alas, no Debbie πŸ™

  • Garth

    Maybe this time around they will acknowledge HIV as an issue, or at least even mention it exists.

  • Stubenville
  • Six Pins Delores

    Karens hair looks too orange

  • Snownova

    Yasssss.

    However I really want Eric to keep doing Travelers, it’s an amazing show.

  • NeverEclipsed

    Yay!! That reunion they did for the election was amazing, it was like they didn’t miss a beat. I was wondering what they are going to do about that melodramatic finale where Will and Grace didn’t see each other for 20 years.. Maybe it was a dream? Who knows. I don’t care I can’t wait to watch. There isn’t much on network TV I get excited about these days, this is real score for NBC.