'Will & Grace' to return to NBC for limited revival

The series had an initial eight-season run from 1998 to 2006.
By Annie Martin Follow @littlemannie   |  Updated Jan. 18, 2017 at 1:58 PM
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Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Popular sitcom Will & Grace will return to NBC for a limited revival.

The series, starring Debra Messing, Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally, will air 10 episodes during the 2017-2018 television season, the network announced at the TCA winter press tour Wednesday.

"We're thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back," NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said.

"This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary -- all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture -- is coming back where it belongs," he added.

Series creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan will serve as showrunners and executive producers, with James Burrows as director and co-executive producer. Burrows directed every episode of the sitcom during its initial eight-season run from 1998 to 2006.

NBC had been in talks with the cast and creators about the revival since September, according to Variety. The cast reunited and released a 10-minute episode that month about the presidential election.

"The fact that all four of the original stars were excited about getting back into production is a testament to the joyful experience they had doing nearly 200 episodes for eight seasons," NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke said.

"Few things cut through the clutter these days, especially in comedy, and Will & Grace is one of the best," she added.

Mullally, who plays Karen Walker, told PrideSource in December that there was a "good chance" a revival would happen. Messing, McCormack and Hayes will reprise Grace Adler, Will Truman and Jack McFarland, respectively.

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