NBC is promoting the reboot of “Will & Grace” this fall with the trailer above. As you can see, the four stars — Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally — are making merry musically with the news that the peacock network has ordered a dozen episodes of this Emmy-winning laffer.
Messing expresses misgivings about taking part in the project and starts to sing “As If We Never Said Good-bye” from the Andrew Lloyd Webber “Sunset Boulevard.” The other three join in with specially written lyrics to convince their co-star that all will be well. This razzle dazzle number ends with the quartet breaking the fourth wall and strutting their stuff while accompanied by a full orchestra.
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. Over the course of its eight-season run that began in 1998, 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.”
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.
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