‘Will & Grace’ revival: How they’ll solve problem of that time jump in the finale

This fall’s reboot of “Will & Grace” has been at the top of our must-see TV list ever since it was announced earlier this spring. While we knew that the Emmy-winning cast — Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally — were all coming back for more merriment we weren’t sure if they would address the downbeat 2006 finale. In that controversial episode, the title characters are revealed to have had a falling out that lasts two decades and are only brought together by chance by their children who are living in the same college dorm.

Appropriately enough, creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan have come up with a creative solution. Mutchnick recounted to E! News the past three months of planning: “More time went into figuring out how are we going to reintroduce the show and what were the rules going to be and how were we going to address that finale.” And, as he revealed: “They are very much living in that apartment in 2017 in the month of September, on the 28th of September at 9:00 [the premiere date]. That’s when you’re going to meet up with them again and they are going to explain to you exactly what happened so you know the rules moving forward and you won’t feel like anything is left open.”

The cast first reunited last fall to film a nine-minute episode that was released online in support of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. With more than seven million views of the election video, it was not surprising that there was immediate interest in rebooting the series.

So, it seems that this talented foursome will be picking up right where they left off in 2006. 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.

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