Donald Trump may never win an Emmy but he is responsible for the return of one of the TV academy’s all-time favorites — “Will & Grace.” This laffer, which ran on NBC from 1998 to 2006, is to return later this year for a short season of 10 episodes. The four stars — Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally — first reunited last fall to film a nine-minute episode that was released online in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They shared photos of the first days of filming online, include this selfie shot by McCormack .
With more than seven million views of the election video, it was not surprising that there was immediate interest in rebooting the series. During its eight-season run on the Peacock network, it won 16 Emmys from 83 nominations, including Best Comedy Series in 2000. And all four regulars won at least once each: McCormack (2001) and Messing (2003) in lead and Hayes (2000) and Mullally (2000, 2006) down in supporting. With Messing’s win in 2003, “Will and Grace” became only the third TV series in Emmy history in which all four of the main cast won awards, following “All in the Family” and “The Golden Girls.”
Looks like this talented foursome has picked up right where they left off a decade ago. Jimmy Burrows is back to direct as he did with the mini-episode and every one of the 194 installments in the original run. Let’s hope this initial run is a success as it would be a shame not to see more of these fab four.