With the trend of nostalgia becoming a guaranteed money making venture, plenty of previously completed TV shows and movies are returning for new installments. And the latest of these is NBC's acclaimed sitcom Will and Grace, which will return for a new season next season. But one difficult aspect of these types of revivals are the previous series finales, and Will and Grace had a doozy of one back in 2006. "The Finale" saw the titular duo parting ways for years, only to be reunited when moving their kids into college. So how will the new season address this episode?
Debra Messing has been doing a fair amount of press to publicize both Will and Grace and her role in the Dirty Dancing TV movie. Regarding the show's finale, Messing revealed that they'll be essentially ignoring the flash forward, saying:
All I know is that I was told that they've come up with a very creative way of dealing with how the show ended, and that it will be in real time. So it will be 11 years after.
This explanation (via TV Guide), sounds about right. While the Will and Grace finale saw the title characters aging around 18 years, the timeline doesn't match up to the current year. So reneging on that plot point will allow for a more flexible writing environment when Will and Grace comes back with new episodes. Plus, Will had grey hair, but that ain't happening.
Now that the timeline has been addressed, I have to wonder if Will and Grace will maintain their respective spouses and children. When the show ended, Grace ended up with Leo (Harry Connick Jr.), while Will marries and has a child with Vince (Bobby Cannavale). It turned out that Will and Grace's codependent relationship was standing in the way of their true happiness, although their friendship breakup was hard for fans to swallow. So it should be interesting to see if the show could still function with their personal lives settled.
One way that the new reboot could make this work would be having the dynamic duo forced to once again live together after their respective divorces. This would be a great way to plausibly explain their living situation, while allowing Will and Grace to settle back into its comfort zone. After their "Vote, Honey" short video, it was clear that the cast could jump back into character, so now all we need is a logical reason why the pair are still so codependent.
The original run of Will and Grace was very much ahead of its time, helping to introduce audiences to queer folks in a time before fictional characters included LBGT characters. And now that mainstream society has shifted, it's the perfect time to bring back the hijinks, pratfalls, and occasional musical numbers.
While we'll have to wait until the fall for Will and Grace to release new episodes, you can check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch.