Will & Grace Revival Ordered for 10 Episodes, Actor Leslie Jordan Says
NBC has yet to officially announce it’s moving forward with a Will & Grace revival, but Karen Walker’s beloved frenemy may have just let the cat out of the bag.
In a recent interview with radio station KPBS, Leslie Jordan — who won an Emmy for his role as Beverly Leslie — came forth and insisted that NBC has already commissioned a 10-episode follow-up to begin shooting next summer.
“It’s back,” Jordan said. “Here’s the way it works: [NBC] has ordered 10 [episodes]. It’ll be for next season, so they’ll go in in July.”
Back in October, TVLine reported that NBC was in preliminary talks with the sitcom’s six principal players — series creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, and stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes — about doing a limited-run of original episodes. Buzz about a potential revival came in response to the release of a 10-minute, present-day, election-themed video which found the Emmy-winning quartet reprising their roles in support of Hillary Clinton.
NBC declined to comment for this story.
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It’s Official: ‘Will & Grace’ Is Coming Back To NBC For 10-Episode Run
Everybody grab your wine boxes!
After plenty of speculation surrounding a possible “Will & Grace” revival, NBC has confirmed that the series is officially coming back for a 10-episode run. The network shared the news on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back,” NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement obtained by Variety. “This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary — all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture — is coming back where it belongs.”
As of now, there is no date set but Sean Hayes, who plays Jack on the sitcom, said it will air during the 2017/2018 season.
Hayes and his costars Debra Messing, Eric McCormack and Megan Mullally got together last September for a mini-reunion episode that touched on the election and encouraged people to vote. The 10-minute video has since garnered almost 7 million views on YouTube, proving that fans are very much interested in seeing the crew back together.
'Will & Grace' Cast Reunites On Set: 'Just Like Riding a Bike'
For the first time since NBC announced its forthcoming revival of the 1998-2006 sitcom, cast members Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes reunited for a promo shoot — and, thankfully, documented the whole thing on social media.
As previously reported, Will & Grace will be back for 10 new installments (to air during the 2017-18 TV season). The revival was spurred in large part by the popularity of the election-themed mini-episode that emerged last September.
In addition to the four main cast members reprising their roles, series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will serve as showrunners, while James Burrows will be back to direct each revival episode, as he did during the show’s initial eight-year run.