They’re back! More than a decade after they first said goodbye, Will and Grace are finally returning to our TV screens this year. NBC confirmed that the show is making comeback, tweeting a photo of the original Will & Grace cast members’ backs. Get it? In the new promo, however, we finally get to see their faces smiling with Megan Mullally, who played Karen, enjoying a cocktail.
Will & Grace will return to NBC for 12 episodes this fall. The original show ran for eight long years, from 1998 to 2006. Eleven years later, the revival came, thanks to the cast reunion for a Hillary Clinton campaign video last year. It was received so well that they eventually decided to come all the way back for another season.
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Now, the question is: how will their return happen?
If you can’t quite remember, the final moments, of the show jumped ahead 20 years, with best friends Will and Grace reuniting for the first time in 18 years. That takes place in 2026 but the revival, as far as we know, will pick up 10 years after we last saw the gang. Now you see the problem, right? Even the cast members themselves are curious about just how the Will & Grace 2017 revival is going to work.
Unfortunately, the show hasn’t teased anything beyond that at this point. But Debra Messing, who portrayed Grace on the sitcom, told CNN that the showrunners have got it all covered.
“I know, I know, I asked the same question,” she said. “I was reassured that they have it all figured out and I was told it’s in present day. I’ll read the scripts end of July, we start shooting August 4 and then we are on in September.”
What To Expect From Will & Grace 2017 Episodes
Although the cast haven’t received their scripts yet, they’re pretty sure the show will still attempt to promote “progressive” political ideas. In a separate interview, co-star Mullally explained the significance of the Will & Grace 2017 episodes, what the season’s priority will be and, somewhat randomly, how the current POTUS Donald Trump might be involved.
Noting it’s the first time a TV network is reviving a show with its original cast and crew, the actress shared: “The main priority is to have it be funny, and then I think it just goes from there.” One thing that will make the new season funny but also kind of horrifying would be if Megan’s dreams for Karen come true.
“People would ask me, ‘What do you think Karen will be doing now?’… I think she’ll be married to Donald Trump,” Megan said. Regardless, she says the revival is the “perfect marriage” with today’s culture and politics.
“I know that I need to laugh,” she explained. “It’s been a stressful year and I want to make people laugh, and I think more than anything that’s what we are all feeling right now, is we want to make people laugh.”
Meanwhile, we can also expect star-studded episodes. We can recall the original Will & Grace featured huge guest stars on a regular basis including Cher, Madonna, Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, among others. Since it’s the same showrunners, it is very likely for that tradition to continue with the all new season.
Messing specifically shared she wants to work with Meryl Streep. Does this mean we’ll see the acclaimed actress in some of the future episodes? We can only keep our fingers crossed.
Unfortunately, Will & Grace 2017 doesn’t have an exact air date just yet. However, we can expect a big announcement on that front next week at NBC’s upfronts presentation. In the meantime, let us know how you would like to see the revival address Will and Grace’s 18-year separation.