Will and Grace is officially coming back to TV.
The sitcom will return to NBC with 10 new episodes at an undisclosed date in the future. What’s more, each of the original cast members has signed on to appear: Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes.
Global News reporter Chris Jancelewicz confirmed the news from the 2017 Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour in Los Angeles.
“Journalists at TCA were audibly surprised when NBC brass announced beloved TV sitcom Will & Grace would be returning to the network after 11 years off the air,” Jancelewicz said, describing the atmosphere of the room when the announcement was made. “Hushed gasps of joy could be heard throughout the ballroom where NBC presented their upcoming TV slate.”
“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 at TCA. “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.”
“We started talking with Mutchnick and Kohan about producing new episodes right after they shot the secret reunion show back in September,” Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment added. “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.”
Naturally, each cast member has taken to social media to celebrate the news.
The cast reunited for a 2016 presidential election PSA which was a special nine-minute episode that encouraged Americans to “Vote, honey.” (Watch below)
Many people on social media are excited about the revival news.
Will & Grace ran for eight seasons and won 16 Emmys out of 83 nominations.
Watch the Will and Grace announcement that NBC revealed to critics today, below.