Will & Grace Revival Picked Up For a Second Season

Plus, Megan Mullally Reveals Karen's First Line

August 4, 2017

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They're 54 days away from officially returning to your TV screen, and they've already gotten a promotion. Yes, NBC has picked up the Will & Grace revival for a second season, as production is JUST starting on the first season. 

NBC revealed at Thursday's Television Critics Press Association summer tour that the show's revival will definitely have a second season. In fact, NBC Chairman Bob Greenblatt said that the network was "thrilled" to have the show back for "a minimum of two seasons." 

Fans of the show will also be happy to know that the first season of the revival is also growing. NBC has increased the number of episodes it was ordering once again. Yes, 16 episodes with Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack will hit the silver screen during the 2017-18 television season. 

So what else have we learned?  Here are five things we've learned about Will & Grace:

  1. The cast's 2016 election special (which premiered online this past fall) was definitely the catalyst for the revival. All parties (actors and producers) involved say that was the moment they realized they could actually do this again. 
  2. The show's cast and co-creators (Max Mutchnik and David Kohan) say they will re-create the magic of the show's original run. So basically, we're moving right back into Will's apartment on the Upper West Side... it will just be 11 years later.
  3. What about the show's original finale? They say they're basically acting like it never happened. In fact, they admit that he show's finale could have been different if they knew that the show could possibly return one day.
  4. Shelly Morrison, who played Karen's maid Rosario on the show's original run, will not reprise her role. Max Mutchnik told reporters that they really wanted Shelley to be a part of the revival. However, the actress informed them that she has retired from acting.
  5. Debbie Reynolds guest starred on Will & Grace as Grace's mom, Bobbi Adler. Reynolds passed away in December. Mutchnik says the show "will speak to it (Reynolds death)" during the revival.

The revival will premiere on NBC on September 28, as a part of NBC's expanded Thursday night programming lineup.