NBC apparently is looking to find a way to somehow ignore that high-rated series finale episode from a decade ago, deciding to bring back its once-popular sitcom Will & Grace for a 10-episode run.
All of the primary actors from the original series, which debuted in 1998, will return, including Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally.
Rumors of a potential NBC revival have circulated for weeks since the cast reunited for a viral election video encouraging people to vote in the November presidential contest, according to Variety.
The network deal also includes the return of series creator Max Mutchnick and David Kohan who left after the fourth season. Even James Burrows, the 10-time Emmy director who helmed all 198 episodes of the series, will come back and direct the limited series run featuring a gay attorney Will Truman (McCormack) and his straight best friend/roommate (Messing) as well.
The series, which will likely air in the fall, should not interrupt other projects the actors have been working on. Will Truman’s McCormack, for example, has been part of the Canadian Showcase series Travelers from Stargate SG-1 producer Brad Wright.
Neither Showcase nor its American distributor, Netflix, have decided on a second season as of yet.
Messing most recently starred in the NBC crime series The Mysteries of Laura and has since filmed her role of Marjorie Houseman for ABC’s remake of the 1987 hit Dirty Dancing.
Hayes, who played Will’s flamboyantly gay friend Jack McFarland, had a short-lived series created around him called Sean Saves the World, and since has appeared on the CBS series The Millers and NBC’s Hairspray Live.
He also played Larry in the 2012 film The Three Stooges, which earned just $54.1 million at the box office.
Finally Mullally, who played the wealthy and sometimes clueless assistant Karen, was one of the stars of Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital, also appeared in the Christmas comedy Why Him with James Franco and Bryan Cranston. She also set to appear in the Hulu sci-fi anthology series Dimension 404.
Will & Grace earned 83 Emmy nominations over its run, winning 16, including best comedy series in 2000 as well as acting awards for Mullally (twice), Hayes, McCormack, Messing and guest actors like the late Gene Wilder, Leslie Jordan and Bobby Cannavale.
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