NBC announced Wednesday that one of its most beloved series, “Will and Grace,” will be returning for a 10-episode limited run. The multi-cam sitcom, which premiered in 1998 and ended in 2006, starred Eric McCormack as a gay lawyer and Debra Messing as an interior designer sharing an apartment in New York. Both McCormack and Messing will return for the revival, as will co-stars Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally, and legendary director James Burrows, who helmed all 188 episodes during the show’s eight season run. Will the revival return “Will & Grace” to its former awards glory?
The show proved to be extremely popular at the Emmys, winning 16 prizes out of 83 nominations during its run. It won Best Comedy Series in 2000 and contended five more times (2001-2005). McCormack, Messing, Hayes, and Mullally all received acting awards, placing the series in a unique class of programs alongside “All in the Family” and “The Golden Girls” that won trophies for every primary cast member. McCormack prevailed in Best Comedy Actor in 2001 and received three additional bids (2000, 2003, 2005); Messing competed four times for Best Comedy Actress (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006) and won in 2003; Hayes reaped one trophy for Best Comedy Supporting Actor in 2000 and received six additional noms (2001-2006); Mullally received two Best Comedy Supporting Actress prizes in 2000 and 2006 and was nominated five more times (2001-2005).
Its Emmy victories throughout the years were (in order):
Best Comedy Series (2000)
Best Comedy Supporting Actor (Hayes, 2000)
Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Mullally, 2000)
Best Comedy Actor (McCormick, 2001)
Best Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series (2001)
Best Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series (2001)
Best Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series (2002)
Best Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series (2002)
Best Comedy Actress (Messing, 2003)
Best Comedy Guest Actor (Gene Wilder, 2003)
Best Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series (2003)
Best Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series (2003)
Best Comedy Guest Actor (Bobby Cannavale, 2005)
Best Cinematography for a Multi-Camera Series (2005)
Best Comedy Supporting Actress (Mullally, 2006)
Best Comedy Guest Actor (Leslie Jordan, 2006)
At the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the series won seven times out of 20 bids. It contended at SAG five times for TV Comedy Ensemble (2001-2005), winning in 2001. Hayes reaped three prizes for TV Comedy Actor (2002, 2003, 2006) and competed three more times (2001, 2004, 2005). Mullally received three trophies for TV Comedy Actress (2002, 2003, 2004) and four additional bids (2001, 2005, 2006, 2007). Messing was nominated for TV Comedy Actress in 2001 and 2004.
At the Golden Globes, however, the series couldn’t catch a break, losing all of its staggering 27 nominations: six for Comedy Series (2000-2005), five for McCormick (2000-2004), six for Messing (2000-2005), six for Hayes (2000-2005), and four for Mullally (2001-2004).
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