That’s right, honey! A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack and Karen in this exclusive 12-episode event. There’s no doubt that with this crew’s indelible bond and all the happenings in today’s rollercoaster world, the banter will be on point. The legendary James Burrows, director of every original Will & Grace episode, returns along with a slew of razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis. Behold once again, from the minds of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, TV’s wittiest ensemble ever. Did somebody say encore? (synopsis via Laughing Squid)
One of the most interesting aspects of the current golden age of television, more correctly termed televisual entertainment since many programs are now consumed on streaming services not all of which find their way through the TV itself, is that many old programs, once thought dead and buried, alive only in the hearts of nostalgic fandom, have suddenly sprung back to life.
Springboarding off an inventive short piece filmed for the US Presidential campaign last year, the revival, which will comprise 12 episodes, a far cry from their old allocation of 24 episodes but very much in keeping with modern episode counts per season of 10-13 episodes, looks to be a welcome return to the lives of the eponymous Will (Eric McCormack) and Grace (Debra Messing) and their friends Jack (Sean Hayes) and Karen (Megan Mullally).
If the trailer, which contains a brilliantly-realised musical number in which a reluctant Debra Messing is re-enthused about returning to her old sitcom stomping grounds by Eric, Karen and Sean, the latter two seemingly unaware they were in a show at all (ah obliviousness we love you!), is any guide at all, this will be one revival worth checking out, with all of the old comic timing intact and showrunners David Kohan and Max Mutchnick back at the helm.
Will and Grace returns Thursdays on NBC this autumn.