If you've been paying attention to the world of TV and film production, you'll notice one trend that is being utilized by just about everyone: nostalgia. Audience members young and old long to go back to a simpler time, and tons of reboots and long awaited sequels are being released at a pretty constant pace. But one of these revivals that seems to be avoiding the nostalgic fatigue that seems just around the corner is NBC's Will and Grace, which will reunite its four leading characters for a new season this fall. And the gang ain't going anywhere, as NBC has already renewed Will and Grace for a second season ahead of its premiere.
Will and Grace will definitely return for another season next year, comprising of 13 new episodes. That's one episode up from the season that will arrive this fall, so it appears that the magic of the original sitcom may still be in the ether. The announcement of the show's second season came from NBC head honcho Bob Greenblatt at the Television Critics Association, which Variety was reporting from.
Will and Grace's recent revival seemed all too good to be true for the show's generations of fans. Since the show's original eight season run ended in 2006, Will and Grace has been consistently played in syndication across a variety of networks. Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack never really had the chance to leave the pop culture landscape, and now they'll be back to bicker and giggle for another two (albeit shorter) seasons.
The new seasons of Will and Grace can largely be due to a short that the original cast reunited for during the 2016 Presidential Election. "Vote, Honey" encouraged Americans to vote in the election, and proved how easily the original cast could jump back into their iconic roles from the acclaimed sitcom. Megan Mullally slipped into Karen's signature helium-esque voice, Grace returned to be disgusting and hilarious, and both of the starring gentleman instantly redeveloped their characters' signature quirks. Even Will and Grace's signature apartment was identical, as the original set pieces were brought out of storage for the short.
Now that the Will and Grace revival has been extended to at least two seasons, we should presumably expect more of the extended cast and more memorable guest stars to eventually show up. For instance, SNL vet Molly Shannon recurred throughout multiple seasons as their neighbor Val, and the fandom would no doubt cherish the opportunity to see her particular type of crazy show up. But Shannon recently revealed that she hasn't yet been asked to reprise her role, although that could change with this second season order. I also have to wonder if Debbie Reynolds' death will be addressed, as she masterfully played Grace's mother quite a few times during the show's long tenure.
Will and Grace will return for its new season on Sept. 28, with the show airing Thursdays on NBC. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch.