NBC has announced that yes, since the reality we all knew under Obama is now over, their contribution to turning back the clock will be ten new episodes of Will & Grace starting this fall.
Although plot details (including how to work around the sitcom’s original finale) have yet to be worked out, the sitcom is definitely on the 2017 fall schedule after months of legal wrangling among all concerned. NBC exec Robert Greenblatt issued a statement touting the series’ return, saying, ” 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.”
Of course Metrosource readers recall that it was just last summer that Sean Hayes told the magazine that Will & Grace was permanently over, because there was no new ground for the writers to explore with the characters as they were. “We’re all different people now,” he said in June. “Besides, I was growing and the character was not, so it became time for all of us to move on.” But whoever wrote the W&G “Election Special” that appeared after the GOP convention found plenty of fresh material to work with — including extending Jack McFarland’s arrested development another 15 years.
Megan Mullally, who plays Karen Walker, says that she believes the show will try to be as contemporary as it during the first run which ended in 2006 — meaning the series was off the air during the entire Obama administration. Where would Karen be? Mullally theorized that she’d be in Donald Trump’s cabinet, “probably Secretary of State.”
Last modified: July 28, 2017