NBC's revival of their popular sitcom Will & Grace has officially gotten a prime return date for this fall.
The long-running sitcom is the latest in the line of TV shows that will be gaining second life on television, thanks to waves of nostalgia. Shows like Twin Peaks, Arrested Development, and Heroes have all made comebacks in recent years, long after ending their initial runs. In a few months, Will & Grace will be formally joining that club.
As part of NBC's larger announcement for the 2017-18 TV season, the return of Will & Grace will happen on Thursday, September 28th at 9 PM. That puts the show in one of the prime slots in its return to NBC's Thursday Must-See TV, which has in the past included classic comedy shows like Friends, Seinfeld, 30 Rock and The Office. Currently, the lineup includes the America Ferrera comedy series Superstore, Kristen Bell and Ted Danson's The Good Place, the Tina Fey-produced Great News, and the firefighter drama Chicago Fire.
The series, starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Meghan Mullally, ran for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006 and was a massive success for the station, garnering an average of almost 13 million viewers per night. The cast reunited last November for a ten minute special urging Americans to vote in the 2016 Presidential Election. Since that reunion was received with such positivity, coupled with the lack of breakout comedies on network television right, the station went ahead and ordered a 12 episode Will & Grace revival in April.
Besides being an overwhelming ratings boom, Will & Grace was nominated for 83 Emmys throughout its run, winning 16. Each of the main four actors won at least one Emmy for their performances, with Mullally winning a second Best Supporting Actress late in the show's run. Both Hayes and Mullally hold the record for most wins at the Screen Actors Guild awards for their supporting roles in the series.
The revival received a five minute behind-the-scenes trailer in May celebrating the return of the long-running show. It's been a long time since we've seen these characters together for a sustained period of time, and the fans of the show who have been clamoring to see these characters again will get finally get their wish. NBC has kept the order short just in case the nostalgic fan base is not as large as they would have hoped. If it is successful and with the main actors doing little of prominence at the moment (Hayes had a long run on CBS's Two and a Half Men, but that's been over for years), a second season of the Will & Grace revival could be in the cards.
Will & Grace returns to NBC on September 28th.