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Will & Grace is returning to NBC later this year, and the new season just got even bigger and better than initially anticipated.
NBC wants more Will & Grace. Originally picked up in January for a 10-episode limited installment, the Emmy-winning comedy is getting its order expanded and will return next season with 12 new episodes.
The Will & Grace revival quickly has emerged as one NBC’s top assets for next season and is featured front and center in the NBCUniversal’s upfront spots unveiled today, which tout the company’s entire portfolio of networks (you can watch one of the ads below).
How exciting is that?
The return to the series will follow Will, Grace, Karen and Jack a decade after the series’ finale in 2006.
Will & Grace originally aired from 1998 to 2006 as part of NBC’s once-coveted Must-See TV comedy lineup. In addition to winning 16 Emmys, including Best Comedy Series, the sitcom is remembered as paving the way for LGBT characters on television, featuring the first openly gay lead characters on a primetime network series.
Megan Mullally who plays Karen recently opened up to Attitude about the show’s legacy and what fans can expect later this year.
“If anybody feels that Will & Grace had any kind of impact on raising levels of tolerance for the gay community, then it was because it was handled with a light touch,” Mullally said. “[Back then] if you tried to hammer people over the head with it, they would have been up in arms and wouldn’t have wanted to watch the show.”
On what to expect from the new season, Mullally doesn’t divulge too much.
She says: “I don’t know the specifics, but [in terms of direction] if you really stop to think about it, nothing [in Will & Grace] was ever really politicized. The real treasure of Will and Jack was that they were gay men among many other things: Jack was also a cater waiter, a Peter Pan character, lots of other things.”
The thing is, we can’t wait for them to be back on TV!