Good news, poodles. In an interview with PrideSource, Karen Walker’s alter-ego, Megan Mullally, says a Will & Grace TV show revival is very likely to happen. The sitcom originally aired on NBC from 1998 to 2006.
Back in September, Mullally, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack, and Shelley Morrison reunited to make a mini election-themed Will & Grace episode. At the time, the cast made it clear they would love to revisit the series.
In October, the four headliners reunited for a Hillary Clinton campaign fundraiser. Soon thereafter, news broke that Universal Productions was reportedly looking to secure the cast and creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, for a one-off 10 episode season, although NBC had no comment.
Mullally discussed the likelihood of a revival and speculated with PrideSource, about what a potential ninth season of Will & Grace would be like.
In September, the “Will & Grace” cast reunited on-screen for the first time in 10 years for an election-themed episode that received more than six million views on YouTube. And then, recently, you tweeted a pic of yourself and fellow “Will & Grace” stars Sean Hayes, Eric McCormack and Debra Messing eating dessert. Is that what break looks like on the set of “Will & Grace” in 2016?
That was actually over at Sean Hayes’ house, but, I mean… what are you asking me? (Laughs)
I’m asking you if the show is coming back and if you’re working on new episodes.
Well, OK. All I can say is that there is a very good chance that that might happen. It’s not happening right this second. I mean, we’re not rehearsing or anything like that. But there is a very good chance that something is going to materialize.
My heart wants to jump out of my body right now.
I know. Mine too! But can’t really talk about it or say anything, because you know how it is.
How might a “Will & Grace” revival reflect the strides we’ve made in the LGBT community since the show’s original inception as well as the current political climate?
So speaking theoretically, in a completely made-up world where “Will & Grace” is coming back to NBC for 10 episodes – just in that made-up world – it couldn’t be a better time. (Laughs) I mean, it couldn’t possibly be better timing. I think more so now than even when we started! And who would have ever – I mean, it’s heinous that it’s because Donald Trump is the president-elect. That’s just a crazy sentence that nobody would have ever thought they’d utter. But having said that, at the same time, that just gives us carte blanche.
I think the first rule of any show – and again, we’re speaking hypothetically – is that it be funny and entertaining. I mean, it’s comedy. If you’re doing a comedy, the first rule is that there be good comedy in that comedy show, so that’s the jumping off point. Then, from there – the show was always very topical. For eight seasons, extremely topical – so much so that (director) Jim Burrows was always telling the writers, “Honey, it’s crazy topical – it’s not gonna stand the test of time.” But I just think that’s what the show is. It’s a very topical, current show. We had a gay marriage on “Will & Grace” in 2000/2001. And I was like, gay marriage?! I mean, it was just really early.
What do you think? Would you watch a revival of the Will & Grace TV series? How would you like it to play out?