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January 19, 2017 at 4:08 am #1201990689
NBC would be plenty pleased with those numbers present-day. No one is expecting “Big Bang”-level ratings from this. Agree I’d rather see this as a Netflix venture so expectations would be more tempered and “ratings” wouldn’t really factor into the relaunch’s perceived success or failure. I’m more concerned about retconning the very definitive series finale. I’m assuming they’ll make some cutesy joke about it. “I had the strangest dream last night! We had a falling out and stopped being friends for decades until our kids met up at the same college! Crazy, huh?” Might be better to pretend it never happened at all in that case.January 19, 2017 at 4:23 am #1201990693
That finale was the worst thing ever. No fag hag would stop talking to her BGF for twenty years. It was beyond unrealistic. It was the easiest way to wrap up things for them. The easiest and the laziest. Good they’re gonna pretend it never happened. I pretended it for eleven years.January 19, 2017 at 8:30 am #1201990803
First of all, the series was averaging about 7.5 million viewers in the last season and the finale was watched by 18 million. So if the revival averages 7 million that is gonna be right up there with what the Comedy ratings are for NBC and other networks at the moment.
But the big problem with this revival, they are gonna have to rewrite the entire finale. It’s ridiculous.
Well 7.5 in 2005/2006 wasn’t good. Of course the finale was watched by a lot more but the show last over half its audience from season 6 to 8. The show just got really bad.
I think I would have higher hopes for the reunion if it were on Netflix or Amazon.
No it wasn’t setting the ratings on fire in the last couple season, but the final season averaged about the same as Season 2 of The Office and that season of Scrubs on the same network.
If it averages 6 million viewers, NBC would be thrilled. Tbh.January 19, 2017 at 10:03 am #1201990844
I’m a huge fan of the show, and I very much agree that the last 2-3 seasons weren’t the best, sometimes episodes weren’t even good. But the show had genuius moments even during those “bad” seasons so I do have high hopes for this specially if it’s just 10 episodes. I think they can carefully write some good material.
However, having Mutchnick and Kohan back isn’t really a sign of relief. They might be responsible for the first terrific seasons, but they haven’t done anything worth remembering since then. I still can’t believe Partners was ever a real show, the only good thing they did was put Will’s very gay portrait/painting in the background and those who saw it got a chuckle out of it. That’s pretty much it and well…they created Shit My Dad Says, so…no.
Of course the show is already created, settled, loved, so maybe they can come up with good things, but again…Partners. We’ll see. I mean it can’t be worse than Fuller House right?
I also agree that the finale was the worst thing ever, BUT! they already got rid of any continuity with the election special video they did, as having Will & Grace even being in the same place in 2016 completely contradicted the finale and all that apparently happened between them. So that’s good news. There’s no way that this show will shy away from Trump and things that might happen starting January 20th, so obviously they’re not going to set the show in 2026.
These are terrific actors, I asume Morrison and Jordan are on board since one showed up in the video and the other one sort of let the secret out a couple of weeks ago. That’s all we need. We all need Beverly Leslie back. At least we’ll get some episodes and erase the finale with them.January 19, 2017 at 10:41 am #1201990855
Yeah even at its worst the show was better than some ‘acclaimed’ shows are at their ‘supposed’ best these days. I’m looking at you TBBT.January 19, 2017 at 11:08 am #1201990874
The first few seasons of this were truly outstanding television comedy, on the same level of past James Burrows classics like Taxi and Cheers. That said, Will & Grace took a huge nosedive toward the end of its run – like, Roseanne Season 9-bad. I’m nervous.
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Okay. No. Even at it’s worst, W&G was never Season 9 Roseanne bad.January 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm #1201990964
Have you seen Girls lol.January 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm #1201990990
Yes, gawd!January 21, 2017 at 11:14 pm #1201992197
The worst seasons of this show were 6 and 7. 6 due to Debra Messing’s real life pregnancy and I do not know what was the cause for season 7. However, season 8 was a good season.
I will definitely check out Will & Grace when they return.January 22, 2017 at 11:42 am #1201992393
It was a joke. Relax.January 22, 2017 at 2:07 pm #1201992469
I am one of the few that feel that W&G never really had a bad season. Certainly some seasons weren’t as great as other and losing Kohan and Mutchnick hurt the show a bit. But overall, I think they did a fantastic job maintaining the quality of the series. I can’t think of a single episode that I can’t turn on and laugh hysterically throughout.January 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm #1201992474
No it never had a bad season per se but it had some weak episodes. Yes they were funny but they were forgettable. For me the most uneven season was season 7. And I hate that because it got undeserved Comedy Series nom, the Emmy voters decided to snub season 8 which was some kind of return to form (except that god-awful finale). I hope season 9 is at least on the level of season 5. And I’m dreaming about HFPA finally awarding the show Best Comedy because 27 nominations and no wins is absolutely shameful.
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