Ten new episodes of Will & Grace are officially on their way for the 2017 — 2018 season.
Welp, the rumors were true! NBC announced Wednesday morning that Will & Grace season 9 will air some time in the next two years.
Original stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally are back for the new series, as are creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan (who will serve as showrunners and executive producers). Director James Burrows, who helmed every episode of the “original” eight seasons, “is on board to direct and executive produce.”
Here’s a teaser trailer for Will & Grace season 9:
“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a press release. “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.”
Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment, added: “We started talking with Mutchnick and Kohan about producing new episodes right after they shot the secret reunion show back in September, 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.”
Said Mutchnick: “Dave and I are absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to write what Will, Grace, Jack and Karen are thinking about in 2017.”
As noted by Salke, the ball on the revival got rolling late last year when the cast reunited for the following spoof on the Presidential Election:
Will & Grace originally premiered in 1998 and wrapped in 2006. Why is it coming back? In this era of Peak TV, networks need popular classics to get the attention of audiences. In their press release this morning NBC notes that it was “the highest-rated sitcom in the adults 18-49 demo from 2001-05, and [garnered] an audience of more than 18 million for its series finale in 2006.”
That’s a lot of viewers who could potentially come back to NBC.