The return of “Will & Grace” to the NBC schedule on Sept. 28 has been hailed by critics. After an 11-year absence, the Emmy-winning comedy starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally is back for a guaranteed two-season run. 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. 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. The network was so happy with the first episodes that it upped the order to 16 for the first season and renewed it for a second already.
Over the course of eight seasons that began in 1998, “Will & Grace” 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.”