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NBC Confirms the Return of ‘Will & Grace’

10 New Episodes Ordered for 2017-18

After months of rumors, and that recent YouTube presidential election reunion, NBC has confirmed that sitcom “Will & Grace” is being revived. The network has placed an order for 10 new episodes to air at some point next season. Originally running from 1998-2006, 185 episodes of “Will & Grace” were telecast, with each of the principal stars – Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally – all winning Emmy awards and all returning to the reboot.

“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt in a prepared statement. “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.”

Also returning are the show’s creators and original executive produces, Max Mutchnick and David Kohan.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. The Will & Grace pickup is very interesting and I like it a lot because NBC was the one network that needed to reboot a successful popular comedy from years past and since the cast agreed to comeback for it why not just bring it so great move. NBC needs to have a successful multi-cam presence like they used to have in order to truly get their comedy situation back on track so this can help them hopefully build a new multi-cam in the future that can be a hit for them. When you look at their situation closely the multi-cams they’ve had this decade were cheap and starless they need stars I think a major reason why Kevin Can Wait and Man with a Plan are doing so well for CBS this season is because they have visible stars and Will & Grace gives them a brand and stars to get viewers to watch their show.

    Will & Grace can still bomb on them we know that but it depends on how they schedule it. The worst slot it can go in is Thursdays at 8pm against Grey’s Anatomy and more importantly The Big Bang Theory. I think potentially Tuesdays at 8pm is the best slot and moving The Voice back to 9pm in front of Chicago Fire or another show. I would rather them have it on at Tuesday at 8pm instead of 9pm due to the fact that the 9:30pm show could be buried similar to One Big Happy in the spring of 2015. ABC has done a good job of their 8:30pm comedies being sandwiched between two strong rated shows so that would be a favorable spot for it. Wherever they put it is huge for the show’s success long-term because it’s obviously going to turn into a regular series if it’s successful.