“Will & Grace” Revival Renewed For Season 3, Expands Season 2
Honey, here's what's happening: The Will & Grace revival has been officially renewed for a third season, Deadline reports.
The 18-episode season, technically the 11th season of the celebrated NBC sitcom overall, will premiere fall 2019.
The renewal announcement was made Saturday during the Will & Grace panel at the Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest in Los Angeles. Moderated by out actor Dan Bucatinsky, the panel included cast members Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes. Series creators and showrunners Max Mutchnick and David Kohan also participated alongside legendary director James Burrows.
Following the announcement, the cast reportedly leapt to their feet and did little dances of joy. Mullally kicked up her legs and shook her booty for the roaring crowd.
It was also announced that the revival's second season, set to premiere this fall, has been expanded from 13 to 18 episodes with an order for five additional episodes.
“As far as I’m concerned, we can’t get enough of Will & Grace and 23 more episodes is music to my ears,” says NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement. “We’re eternally grateful that Debra, Eric, Sean, and Megan feel the same way and wanted to keep this good thing going."
"I’m overwhelmed by the euphoric response the new show has received from the press and the audience," Greenblatt continues, "and my hat is off to the unrivaled writing team of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, as well as the brilliant directing of Jimmy Burrows, for consistently delivering one of the best shows on television.”
Saturday also marked the 20th anniversary of the pilot taping for the original Will & Grace, which ran on NBC for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006.
NBC first confirmed the series return last January after the cast and creators reunited for a viral video urging fans to vote for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.
The revival premiered September 28 during NBC’s Thursday night “Must See TV” block and has become the network's top rated comedy series. A second season was announced prior to the revival's premiere.
The current 16-episode season's finale airs April 5. Memorable guest stars have included Cheyenne Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Molly Shannon.