‘Will & Grace’ Revival Renewed For Season 2 By NBC – TCA

The revival of Will & Grace is getting extended with a 13-episode second season, the Emmy-winning series’ 10th. Additionally, the current ninth season has been expanded for a second time and will consist of 16 episodes. NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt made the announcement at the top of the show’s TCA session. Watch a new promo above.

“There’s been such an outpouring of love from the fans,” Greenblatt said in making the announcement. “We had the first table reading yesterday of the first episode, and it was extraordinary. We are a very grateful network, and we’re more than thrilled to have this show on the air for a minimum of two seasons.”

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The renewal continues the revival’s Cinderella run.Will & Grace‘s unexpected return started with a surprise 10-minute election mini-episode that translated into a 10-episode series order for a new season of the Emmy-winning comedy on NBC. That order was increased to 12 episodes last spring and now to 16, with the Will & Grace reboot anchoring a new Must See TV NBC Thursday lineup this fall.

The door was always open to do more. “It’s possible,” Greenblatt said in May. “It’s my hope that we will have more than that.” He reiterated his desire for more episodes during the NBC executive session earlier today.

The new installments of Will & Grace reunite original stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally and Sean Hayes. Also back are creators/executive producer Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, joined by a number of the original series’ writers.

Will & Grace, which aired from 1998-2006 as one of the last tentpoles of NBC’s once-venerable Must See TV comedy lineup, has a great legacy: In addition to winning 16 Emmys, including Outstanding Comedy Series in 2000, it is credited with paving the way for LGBT characters on TV, featuring the first openly gay lead characters on a primetime network series.

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  1. Stan Heckon Aug 3, 2017 1:35 pm

    Ellen was the first. If “Ellen” didn’t come out there would not have been a “Will & Grace”

  2. Dijeirusanon Aug 3, 2017 1:48 pm

    Now it makes sense why they couldn’t take on other projects. This will be shot within this season cycle ready for Autumn 2018.

  3. on Aug 3, 2017 1:50 pm

    Wow. It must be looking better than they could have hoped. The challenge will be keeping up with Trump’s latest (fill in the blank) with any semblance of timeliness, given how it’s something bizarre nearly every day. Can’t wait to see how this all comes together. So happy for this wonderful cast and production team. This unprecedented reboot is truly a testament to their craft. As for the haters and trolls… I’m sure there will be something else on Thursday nights that you can watch. Let us just have this one, pleeeease?

  4. Shelon Aug 3, 2017 1:55 pm

    Leaked audio from that meeting: “Sure, whatever. Say it’s renewed. We have no fucking clue what we’re doing. Why not?”

  5. Gobert Breenglatton Aug 3, 2017 2:14 pm

    They should renew it for five seasons before a single episode is filmed.

    If they really have confidence in it then a five season order is required.

  6. Magicalon Aug 3, 2017 2:21 pm

    Omg!!!!!!! So happy!

  7. sachaon Aug 3, 2017 2:26 pm

    Can’t wait !!!

  8. on Aug 3, 2017 4:07 pm

    Yet, no time for even another short season of The Carmichael Show. Shame on NBC.

  9. cadavraon Aug 3, 2017 5:47 pm

    I’m guessing they watched a couple of episodes and said, “Oh, this must be what old people mean when they say comedies are supposed to be funny.”

    • renewplayinghouseon Aug 4, 2017 4:25 am

      OMG Ain’t that the truth!

  10. Jose Paternoon Aug 3, 2017 8:16 pm

    I’ve been jumping through favorite episodes here and there remembering why I loved this equally dumb and brilliant show.