We heard reasonably solid whispers that ‘Will & Grace‘ was coming back to TV screens this year, but the star of the show moved to put the kibosh well and truly on that via Twitter.

Mercifully, NBC has gotten out the ole’ rubber and erased all doubt, fully confirming that it is well and truly on: The much beloved show will indeed be back for a 10 episode run beginning later this year.


The new series will reunite the core cast of Megan Mullally, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Eric McCormack, while original creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will serve as showrunners. James Burrows, who directed every episode of the show’s original run, has signed on to direct the entire new season as well.

NBC officials confirmed the new series at the Television Critics Association press tour overnight, with NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt stating:

“We’re thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back. 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.”

Meanwhile NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke detailed how long ago the process of getting the reunion going started:

“We started talking with Mutchnick and Kohan about producing new episodes right after they shot the secret reunion show back in September. And the fact that all four of the original stars were excited about getting back into production is a testament to the joyful experience they had doing nearly 200 episodes for eight seasons. Few things cut through the clutter these days, especially in comedy, and ‘Will & Grace’ is one of the best.”

Debra Messing had previously stated a desire to see a potential reunion series wind up on Netflix or a similar streaming platform so they could do the “naughty” version of the show, but it would appear that NBC is far too keen to let the series wind up anywhere else but the place it called home from 1998 until 2006.

So there you have it, friends. It’s on. It’s absolutely, 100%, well and truly on. No fooling. No conjecture. Nada. The rollercoaster is over, and now we play the waiting game.

Someone break out the wine.

IT’S HAPPENING: NBC Finally Confirms ‘Will & Grace’ Is Coming Back

Source: EW.